Temagami’s Lady Evelyn River From Top To Bottom: Route Options, Maps, Shuttles, Permits, And More

Last updated: August 22, 2022.

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Route Options:

The Lady Evelyn from top to bottom – route choices

Both headwater branches of the Lady Evelyn can be accessed by vehicle. After a short ride west along Hwy 560 from Elk Lake towards Gowganda, you take the gravel road to Beauty Lake on the south side of the highway.  The map below illustrates the basic route and the two options you have once you approach the north end of Beauty Lake –

  • go left, and you will be on the former Liskeard Lumber Road.  You can put in at a number of points on the North Branch of the river along the way.
  • go right, and you will hit the Montreal River and the put-in to access Lady Evelyn’s South Branch;

See here for the full Parks Ontario map, which shows park boundaries as of 2007


The North Branch:

From Beauty Lake

I had always assumed that the LE-NB began at Headwater Lake (393m).  A closer look at the elevation figures on the NRC topo tells another story. It turns out that it flows west about 10 km. into the Montreal River via Shack Creek, while the actual headwaters of Lady Evelyn’s North Branch (LE-NB) are the small lakes like Michaels Lake (409m) above Island Lake (395) and Paddle Lake (395) indicated on the map below.

LE-NB headwaters – see here for another map view

Still, some paddlers begin a LE-NB trip with a put-in at the north end of Beauty Lake.   They will paddle, carry, line, lift over, and wade 20 kilometers as they work their way south to Gamble Lake down a string of small lakes and the shallow and often clogged river sections connecting them.  After the 280-m carry from the south end of Beauty Lake into Island, Paddle, and Carmen come next. The three longest NB portages are:

  • 500m from Island to Paddle
  • 1500m from Carmen to Gooseneck
  • 1000m from Graves’ to Elizabeth Lake, the first lake within the Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater park boundaries.

The journey from Beauty to Gamble looks to be a solid day’s work.  (See here for the excellent Ottertooth map that is the source of my portage info.)

By now, even those Type A paddlers (like me) who insist on completing everything to the nth degree are probably wondering why they didn’t just spare themselves the drudgery of this initial stretch which often involves too-shallow water and the stream running right alongside the gravel road.

Note: We haven’t done the Beauty Lake-Gamble stretch. It is on our possible to-do list for early June 2022. We are hoping it’s not as bad as it sounds- or at least not as bad as other stuff we’ve had to deal with!

From Gamble Lake

What is the more common solution to the Beauty-Gamble stretch?  Driving down the Liskeard Lumber Road, marked in green on the map above.  Note that the section inside the park is not always in the best shape, thanks to flooding and maintenance issues.  A put-in at Gamble Lake is the start of many a trip down the LE-NB.

If your choice is the North Branch, the two Ottertooth maps below should be in your map case.  They are clear, up-to-date (2017), and annotated with useful information.  Click on these two titles:

Temagami’s Canoe Atlas: Beauty Lake Road Access

Temagami’s Canoe Atlas: Trethewey (takes the paddler down below Gamble lake)

See below for possible shuttle arrangements and more mapping information.


The South Branch Option:

Via Smoothwater Lake (Montreal River Put-In)

Lady Evelyn’s South Branch (LE-SB) headwaters lie to the southwest of Beauty Lake.  Instead of taking the left fork at the top of Beauty Lake, follow the right fork until you come to the Montreal River and the bridge.  From the put-in, it is a fifteen-kilometer paddle up the Montreal River to  Smoothwater Lake, a lake with a renowned beach on the east side.

A 650-meter portage into Apex Lake at the south end of the lake (the same portage used by paddlers on their way to Scarecrow Lake and Ishpatina Ridge), and you are in the river’s headwaters.

At the east end of Apex Lake, another carry takes you into Whitemud Lake, which is where some possible difficulties await.  We thought of it as the mandatory entry fee as we dealt with the first few kilometers of an often-shallow stretch of river blocked with beaver dams and deadfall that can wear you down with their frequency.  This is not really the place to bring your kevlar/carbon fiber 40-lb. canoe!

Via Lakefield Air to Florence Lake

There is a way of avoiding the potential slogfest of the very top of the SB.  In 2020, $800 will get you a bush plane ride from Lakeland Air on the Temagami waterfront to Florence Lake.  The lake is about a day’s paddle SE of Whitemud Lake and makes for an easier entry point to a canoe trip down the Lady Evelyn River.  Florence is one of Temagami’s most scenic lakes and its relative inaccessibility – either a fly-in or a paddle in from LE-SB or from Solace P.P. – makes it even more attractive.  After a night or two on Florence Lake,  you paddle down the outlet river to access LE-SB.

Florence Lake to Lady Evelyn River South Branch

An excellent map at the Ottertooth site lays out the details of accessing the LE-SB.  It takes you from the put-in on the Montreal River, almost down to Florence Lake.

Temagami’s Canoe Atlas: Smoothwater

Another Brian Back/Ottertooth map continues where the Smoothwater map ends and goes as far as The Forks, the point where the NB and the SB merge.

Temagami’s Canoe Atlas: Florence

See below for more on maps.


The Forks To Katherine Lake:

The Lady Evelyn – From The Forks To Katherine Lake

The Forks is where the two branches of the LE merge and for the next twelve kilometers the LE is one flow – i.e. the main channel.  From 358 meters a.s.l. at the Forks, a dozen sets of rapids and falls will take paddlers down to 333 meters on Katherine Lake. There are some great campsites along the way,  a chance to spend some time at your very own Shangri-La,  and a possible side trip up to Dry Lake.  Then it is down another two kilometers to the bottom end of Katherine Lake – once known as Divide lake because it is here that the river splits in two again.

Another Ottertooth map and accompanying description cover this stretch of the river:

The Forks-Lady Evelyn River – Macpherson Lake


Katherine Lake To Lady Evelyn Lake:

Katherine Lake – aka Divide Lake – is where another choice has to be made.  Two channels, characterized by dramatic waterfalls and rough portage trails, await the paddler. The south channel is a bit longer – perhaps 7.5 km as opposed to 6.5.

No matter which one you choose, there will be a significant drop – from 333m on Katherine Lake to 282 m in Sucker Gut Lake.  Portage trails are marked in red.

Lady Evelyn’s North Channel:

Of the two channels, the six-kilometer stretch of the North Channel (NC) is the more popular, perhaps because the portaging is easier or because of better campsite possibilities. As the map above shows, there are three major falls to deal with and a couple of portages as you leave Katherine Lake.  Once below Frank Falls, you are in Sucker Gut Lake and close to a side trip to Maple Mountain or east to Obisaga Narrows and the paddle across Lady Evelyn Lake to Mowat Landing.

Lady Evelyn’s South Channel:

The longer South Channel (SC) also involves three major waterfalls and a few portages. While the Natural Resources Canada topo has the NC falls named, this is not the case for the SC’s, perhaps an indication that it has historically been less travelled than the NC.

The channel widens into Willow Island Lake, at the north end of which there used to be a waterfall before the 1925 Mattawapika dam raised the water level of Lady Evelyn Lake by an estimated five meters.  See this Ottertooth page for some historical background.

Lady Evelyn’s South Channel

For detailed descriptions of the various portages and things to watch out for –

Katherine Lake – Lady Evelyn S C – Diamond Lake

When those planning to continue to Diamond Lake get to the bottom of the SC,  they will be at the start of the “two-miler” portage into Diamond Lake and a possible exit at Ferguson Bay or the end of the Temagami Access Road further down on Lake Temagami.


Across Lady Evelyn Lake:

As you paddle down the north end of Sucker Gut Lake, you enter what we now think of as the south arm of Lady Evelyn Lake.  It stretches all the way south to Diamond Lake. At the west end of the lake is a site marked on a 1905 map as “Indian House.”  It refers to the cabin of Wendaban, whose hunting ground the Lady Evelyn Lake area was until his death in 1894. The 13 to 16 feet (4 to 5 meters) rise in the water level of the lake caused by the completion of the Mattawapika Dam in 1925 makes it difficult to figure out the exact location of the cabin – but we did look around for any evidence that time or water have not erased.

from Sucker Gut Lake to the mouth of the Lady Evelyn/Montreal River

Crossing the Lady Evelyn from west to east should not present the paddler with the same difficulties that those heading west often face – i.e. prevailing winds from the NW or SW. It took us a day to paddle from one end of the lake to the east end; we spent two hours the next morning going down the final narrow stretch of the river to the Mattawapika Dam and then the short paddle across the Montreal River to Mowat Landing and our vehicle.

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Approximate Kilometer Count:

North Branch Option: 

  • 110 km            from Beauty Lake to Mowat Landing
  •    20 km               Beauty Lake to Gamble Lake
  •      9 km               Gamble Lake to the Forks

South Branch Option:

  • 130 km            from Montreal R put-in to Mowat Landing via S Channel
  •   19  km            from put-in to the south end of Smoothwater Lake
  •    19 km             from Apex to the mouth of the Florence River (including portages)
  •    21 km             from the mouth of the Florence R to The Forks

From The Forks To W End of Lady Evelyn Lake

  • 15 km             from the Forks to the bottom of Katharine Lake
  • 26 km              from Katharine Lake to the N end of Sucker Gut Lake
  • 20 km              from W end of Lady Evelyn Lake to Mattawapika Island
  • 10 km              from Mattawapika Island to Mowat Landing

Side trips to Florence Lake, Dry Lake above Katharine Lake, and Maple Mountain above Tupper Lake will add to the kilometer count.


Our Route Choices:

We decided to come down the river’s South Branch.  It allows a vehicle shuttle to the put-in on the Montreal River, and we got to paddle up Smoothwater Lake again.

We had briefly considered a Lakeland Air insertion on Florence Lake, but for us, there is something about doing the whole river that made it a second choice.  The price of entry via the SB late in the season is a four-hour slog between Whitemud Lake and the Jerry Creek/LE-SB confluence.

A  bonus of a South Branch entry is that it allows for an easy side trip to Florence Lake. We spent a couple of nights there.  A trip highlight was a scramble up to the viewpoint on the southwest corner of Florence Lake.

Day 1 – To The Put-In and Up River To Smoothwater Lake

Day 2 – From Smoothwater  to an “It’ll Do” CS on the South Branch

Day 3 – From Our Makeshift South Branch CS To Florence Lake

Day 4 – On Florence Lake

Day 5 – From Florence Lake To The Forks (And A Bit Beyond)

Day 6 – From Just Below The Forks to Macpherson Lake Island CS

Day 7 – From Macpherson Lake To The South Channel’s Bridal Veil Falls

After negotiating a dozen sets of rapids from The Forks to Katherine Lake,  The South Channel was our choice of descent to Willow Island Lake, leaving the North Channel for another possible visit.

Day 8 – From Bridal Veil Falls To The Bottom of the South Channel

The paddle across Lady Evelyn Lake proved to be uneventful. Given the prevailing winds, it is paddlers crossing the lake from east to west who usually have problems.

Day 9 – From The South Channel To The West End of Lady Evelyn Lake

Days 10 & 11 – From The West End of Lady Evelyn Lake to Mowat Landing

The trip ended with an easy portage around  Mattawapika Dam;  from there, we paddled across the Montreal River to our vehicle parked at the Mowat Landing Cottages property.

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Shuttles: Four of the Options

A put-in for the river’s north or south branch will mean some shuttle arrangements.

1. Self-shuttle with two vehicles:

If you have two vehicles, you can do it yourself, leaving one at the put-in and one at the take-out at Mowat Landing.  It would be free, but there is a cost – i.e. about four hours spent jockeying cars back and forth. We did notice a few vehicles on the side of the road in a small parking area off Beauty Lake Road at the put-in on the Montreal River.

At Mowat Landing, on Labour Day weekend, the small parking area was full, and vehicles lined the side of the gravel road for 100 meters.  Many of them belong to people who have gone up to the fishing lodges on Lady Evelyn Lake, and those people do not require permits to leave their vehicles there.  Your vehicle would not stand out if it did not have a permit. We went with the worry-free option and left our vehicle on the Mowat Landing Cottages property; there is a $40. a week charge for the service.


2. Temagami Outfitting Co.

Their website has the following information as far as cost is concerned –

 +1 416-835-0963      info@temagamioutfitting.ca

If you decided to end the trip at Mowat Landing, you would also have to make an arrangement for the outfitters to leave your vehicle there.  If doing the entire river was not that important to you, the alternative is to paddle back to your vehicle in Temagami village via Diamond Lake and Lake Temagami once you got to the bottom of the North or South Channels.


3. Smoothwater Outfitters   


Smoothwater Outfitters is located 15 kilometers north of Temagami Village, just off the west side of Hwy 11 on Smoothwater Road.  I sent an email regarding shuttle options and got this detailed response –

The best drive-in access for the Lady Evelyn River is Gamble Lake. The alternate route from Smoothwater Lake (using the Montreal River access point) adds distance and involves significantly more effort, as there are a few long portages between Smoothwater Lake and Gamble Lake. So, I’m suggesting that you will want to start at Gamble Lake, but that’s your choice to make. The shuttle cost to the Montreal River access point is $395. The shuttle cost to Gamble Lake is $450.

While on the way to either access, we can drive into Mowat Landing to leave your vehicle there for an additional $100.

Lots of good advice along with the cost of the various options. Interestingly, going down the south branch from Apex Lake is not considered, but the brutal series of portages from Smoothwater to Gamble is!


4. Mowat Landing Cottages:

+1 705 647 2550       https://www.mowatlandingcottages.ca

Mowat Landing – and the Cottages property – is located 70 kilometers north of Temagami with the final 20 km. stretch on Hwy 558 from Hwy. 11.  The long-time owners are Trevor and Lisa Graydon.

Mowat Landing ended up being our shuttle choice. For $250 + HST, we got a shuttle to the Montreal River put-in; another $60 covered leaving our vehicle on their property for 11 days instead of on the side of Hwy. 558 near the public boat ramp; we also spent another $35 to camp on one of their tent sites by the river the night before the shuttle so that we could get going fairly early – 8:30 – the next morning.

By 10:45 a.m., we were already paddling up the Montreal to Smoothwater Lake!



Fed. Gov’t. `:50,000 Topographical Maps:

The Federal Government’s Natural Resources Canada 1:50.000 Topographical Map sheets. The first five maps were produced in 2010 and include the following note:

  1. 041 P 10 Gowganda   
  2. 041 P 07_Smoothwater Lake 
  3. 041 P 02_Pilgrim Creek (south    section of Florence Lake) 
  4. 041 P 01_Obabika Lake (bottom part of Lady Evelyn South Channel) 
  5. 041 P 08_Lady Evelyn Lake  
  6. 031 M 05__Cobalt   1996  

The above jpg files are 5 Mb in size and are on my WordPress server.  You can access the original tif or pdf files at the Natural Resources Canada website here by using the map sheet i.d. above to access the correct folders and sub-folders.  The size of the NRC tif files is in the 20 Mb range.


David Crawshay’s Topo Canada iOS App for iPhone enables you to download all of the above to your iPhone.  While leaving the iPhone on all day to use as your primary GPS device would eat up battery power like crazy, it is very useful to make a quick confirmation that you are indeed where you think you are! Download Crawshay’s app here.


Toporama Canada Online Map:

Toporama is NRC’s modern version of the archived topo sheets.  It is essentially a seamless map of the entire country and allows you to extract from and apply all sorts of additional information and features to the map.


The Ottertooth Website Maps: 

The Brian Back/ Ottertooth maps are the most up-to-date and informative maps available for a good chunk of a trip down the Lady Evelyn.  They take you right to the bottom of the North and South Channels of the river below Katherine Lake.

Temagami’s Canoe Atlas: Beauty Lake Road Access

Temagami’s Canoe Atlas: Trethewey (takes the paddler down below Gamble Lake)

Temagami’s Canoe Atlas: Smoothwater

Temagami’s Canoe Atlas: Florence

Gray’s River (the bottom of the map has the LE Main Channel from the Forks to Macpherson)

Lady Evelyn’s South Channel


Chrismar Temagami Maps:

Two maps in  Chrismar Mapping’s Adventure Series cover the Lady Evelyn River from top to bottom. [See here for coverage.]

They are  Temagami 4 (2011 vintage) and Temagami 1.  (Mine is from 2008, but there has been a refresh since, mostly with updated contact info.)

The 1:80,000 scale maps show campsite locations, all rapids and falls; portages are marked and calculated to the nearest ten meters. The backside is covered with related information and could serve as all the bedtime reading you’ll need!

In conjunction with the 1:50,000 NRC topos, the Ottertooth maps (both free downloads), and the essential Wilson maps mentioned below, you’d be more than all set!

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Hap Wilson: Temagami Guidebook and The Cabin

When it comes to canoe tripping in Temagami, Hap Wilson’s Temagami: A Wilderness Paradise is the book – the essential source.  It was the first of a number of guidebooks he has written over the past forty years.  His guidebooks to the Missinaibi, the Rivers of Manitoba, and the Upper Ottawa Valley all sit on my bookshelf and have served me well. Route suggestions, detailed sketches of rapids, advice on portages and campsites, and his version of local history…it is all there and still mostly relevant and useful forty years after the first edition!  The book is an investment that will repay itself many times over as you inevitably return for more of Temagami after your first visit. It points out things that will save you time, aggravation, or worse!

Temagami was first published in 1979 and has seen a number of reprints and editions.  The one pictured is the second edition from 2011. [See here for an Amazon.ca copy of the book for $25. You may also find it at your public library. The Toronto Public Library has 8 copies of the 2nd ed. See here for the details.]

Another Wilson book that is worth checking out is The Cabin: A Search For Personal Sanctuary (2005).  It is really his autobiography. It moves from –

  • his childhood obsession with creating an isolated and secret space to which he could retreat from his dysfunctional family
  • to his discovery of Temagami and wilderness canoe tripping in the early 1970s,
  • to how he came to be the owner of what he has turned into an Eco-Lodge at Cabin Falls on the South Channel of the Lady Evelyn River.

The book needs detailed maps to illustrate the geography at its core.  Given that Wilson is clearly obsessed with maps and does an incredible job creating them,  the book disappoints with its one map. On it, the Temagami area is the size of a postage stamp with none of the detail that would often help the reader make sense of what is being described and narrated.  You end up having to put down the book and access other maps to get the full picture.

Wilson will also have you wincing at his over-use of Brobdingnagian synonyms and often not-quite-appropriate words when simpler ones would do just fine.  However,  there are more than enough Temagami-related nuggets of information and insight to keep on reading.

A digital version of most of the book is also available at the Google Books site.  The Preamble: Transformation and Chapter One are both available. [See here.]  They are recommended reading before a trip down the Lady Evelyn; both will make you look at things differently than usual.

  • The Preamble: Transformation recounts the local version of the Ojibwe Flood Myth with Nanabush (referred to here as Nenebuc) taking on Mishipeshu, the Lynx-like creature of the deep waters and the ensuing flood and recreation of earth. And it all begins on Smoothwater Lake!
  • Chapter One is Wilson’s account of his own mythic journey from Smoothwater Lake to Cabin Falls on the South Channel of the Lady Evelyn in the company of a friend or client to whom he is revealing his Paradise at Cabin Falls.

Wilson’s Maps from the book:

We are obsessed enough with the weight that we leave guidebooks behind, only scanning and printing what we need.  Wilson’s notes and maps on the Lady Evelyn route are scattered throughout his book [p.58; 92-93; 112-115].

First, we scan the relevant information and then rearrange it in trip order;  we also enlarge some of the maps to make them easier to read while we’re on the move.  In this case, the result was a printed 13-page pdf file that went inside our map case,  along with a Chrismar map [Temagami 4 or 1]  and one day’s worth of 1:50,000 NRC topo map.

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Backcountry Camping Permits:

Ontario Parks backcountry fees structure for parks in the Temagami area –

See here for the source.

For some reason, the Temagami-area parks have gone to a per campsite fee instead of a per camper fee.  In Algonquin, it would cost my brother and me – both seniors – $10 each per night or $20 combined.  In Lady Evelyn P.P., we get to spend an extra $10. a day per campsite, thanks to the fact that there are only two of us.  The larger the group, the more of a deal it becomes – and the more stress to that campsite!


“Streamlining” Camping Fees by Quadrupling Them For Solo Canoe Trippers! 

As for the solo canoe tripper who is not yet a senior –  $37 per campsite! It may give them a reason to skip the fees altogether and hope for the best – or paying for as many days as they would have under the old fare structure.  This would leave solo or party-of-two paddlers with a few days of no coverage. However,

  • Given how few park officials there are to check camping permits,
  • given the isolation of the top stretch from Florence or Beauty Lake to the bottoms of the two channels below Katherine Lake,

it may be worth the gamble. Apparently, the fine is $125. if you have no permit at all and $75. if your permit does not cover all your nights.

See this thread on the Canadian Canoe routes forum for Jonathan Kelly’s articulate and thoughtful initial post – and all the others which followed.

“Ontario Parks Quadrupled Rates for Soloists in Some Parks”

This change.org petition also deals with the issue.

Hugh Carey started the petition. He introduced it this way –

Click here to access the webpage,  sign your name to the petition addressed to the Ontario Minister of the Environment Jeff Yurek,  and perhaps make a contribution.


Fishing Permits:

While I have never enjoyed fishing, for some it is an essential part of a canoe trip.  The following links should provide those canoe trippers who are also avid fishermen/women with what they need to know before they set off:

Fishing Licence – Canadian Residents

Fishing Licence – Non-Canadian Residents

Zone 11 Information – Regulations and Limits

I had no idea it was so complicated – and expensive! – for non-residents!  Any comments on the Lady Evelyn as a fishing mecca will be appreciated by some readers keen to know the whereabouts of any great fishing spots. Leave your tips in the Comments section below!

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Deforestation In the Temagami Area:

In July of 2018, there was a huge wildfire in the area to the northeast of Lady Evelyn Lake. The map below shows its extent, with the red representing the most recent forest loss. [Note that another reason for some of the other areas of forest loss may be logging activity and not fire.]

Check out the Global Forest Change website if you want to take a closer look at the Temagami area (or any other!) as you plan your route.  It provides an extra layer of context to the journey!


Current Fire Situation:

We paddled down the river during the last two weeks of summer.  No fires to report!  In late August, one small fire was reported in the Trethewey Lake area.  One thing we can expect is that if there was a fire, officials will be doing all possible to put it out.

This would contrast with our experience during a Wabakimi canoe trip.  We kept expecting to see water bombers appear to put out the flames that we could see from a few kilometers away.  We were informed by the park official who got out of the park helicopter and beckoned us across the river that sometimes parks management will happily let a fire burn decades of accumulated deadfall while still trying to protect outposts and lodges.

Ontario Forest Fire Map


Cellphone Coverage:

cell phone coverage – Temagami Canoe Country

In short – we were not expecting any except on the last day as we paddle down to the Mattawapika Dam.  The various lodges at the east end of the lake seem to have cellphone coverage. Other than that, you are basically off the grid.  [Update: no cell coverage for us even at the east end of LE.]

We brought along our Garmin inReach Explorer+; it can send an emergency notice, as well as send and receive emails.  The real-time tracking feature, which lets the folks at home know where we are, is a bonus, as is the weather forecast feature, with info supplied to Garmin by Dark Sky, recently acquired by Apple and slated to become its de facto weather app. [See here for a round-up of various satellite messengers available. Many of them are more recent and cheaper than our Explorer+, which we would probably still end up choosing if we did not already have one.]


Next Post: Day 1 – To the Put-In And Up The Montreal River To Smoothwater Lake


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5 Responses to Temagami’s Lady Evelyn River From Top To Bottom: Route Options, Maps, Shuttles, Permits, And More

  1. Kernie Gilliam says:

    Rambling did you do any fishing? if so what spices and how was the action? Also, did you see many other paddlers, boaters. etc. ?

    • true_north says:

      Kernie, I don’t fish! No doubt a waste of some great fishing spots! I am sure we have paddled through some lakes that would make those into fishing drool.

      I’ve been a vegan since 2000 and a vegetarian since 1985 and even when I was a kid up in the Abitibi region in NW Quebec I never got into it – or into hunting. My bro is good enough to become a vegan when we canoe trip together!

      We saw three canoes on Day 1 going to Smoothwater; we also saw a solo paddler at the Forks. That was it for canoe trippers! Fishing boats are to be expected once you hit Lady Evelyn Lake thanks to the half-dozen fishing lodges. But we only saw or heard maybe a half-dozen boats in our 2 1/2 days in fishing boat territory. All in all, pretty quiet as we expected.

      The best time to do Temagami is June or September; it can be very busy in the prime summer months.

  2. Garry Paget says:

    Good evening Ramblin’ Boy,
    Good to see you’re “back in the paddle” again!!
    While it’s possible my Pagets used/worked on the Liskeard lumber road (only speculation) they (The Huntsville Syndicate) were involved in siting and subdividing the land that was to become the town of New Liskeard.
    Again, a very informative post. TY.

    • true_north says:

      Garry, a year of covid and we’re still alive! The “new” post was actually just me taking a verrry long introduction post and cutting it in two. The first part deals with the history stuff which I am sure makes some readers’ eyes glaze over; this part was the one with practical info on route options, who to contact up there for shuttles, and what maps to get.

      BTW have you ever heard of the A.J. Murphy Lumber Company. It sounds like it played a major role in opening the Lady Evelyn Lake area to logging. I found the info in this detail-rich article which I was lucky enough to copy before the website went dead! It has to do with Charlie Mowat of Mowat Landing and his life in the area –

      Click to access mowat-family-history-mowat-landing.pdf

      “Back in the paddle”, eh! I like that and may use it myself!

      • Garry Paget says:

        RB, please feel free to distribute my re-coined saying far and wide!! Kinda like it myself. Hard to believe it’s been a year of being lied to about SARS-Cov-2…”out damned spot!!” lol And survive we did.
        I am one with whom your history lessons ring pleasantly…I have always been a history buff.
        I haven’t heard of the A. J. Murphy Lumber Company, at all, throughout my family research. While my great uncle, George Paget, was involved in the lumber business (3 sawmills) his time, in this area, was spent assembling the land and site subdivision for New Liskeard (1893) and the development/building of the Sturgeon Falls Pulp Mill (1894).

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