The third, fourth and fifth days are spent at Goose Camp, on the river and at Tashka Rapids Camp. The pilot gets out and yells, “you Vern Fish?” I yell back, “you Pete Johnson?”. Day 13 – June 29 There were several old cabins, picnic tables and a standing tipi frame with a fire place. It looked very doable. The wind worked up waves that enhanced the white water breaking over the rocks as we went by Turtle Island. The river enters the Pacific Ocean at a small community of … These reports indicate you should take the half mile winter road across the island. By now we were pretty good at canoe rescue and we did not lose anymore gear and no one was hurt. We did not even bother to stop and scout the first drop. The Pipestone River flows into Wunnummin Lake where it merges into the headwaters of the Winisk River. Day 7 – June 23 The three of us load into the crew cab with Jim and his 100 pound Labrador, Baxter. This would allow us to send him a message from our SPOT telling him to pick us up where ever we decided to quit. I am guessing this is on the far northern edge for this snake’s range. Description: Our route follows the Pipestone River Provincial Park from a road access north of Pickle Lake to Kanuchuan Lake. This beach also came with cabins, benches, a dock and fishing cleaning stations. We may have to end the trip at Summer Beaver and call for the plane. Lake Superior. We leave our nice little campsite and immediately run into white water. Native Camp Operators Alliance We pulled the canoes through the campsite, around the falls and back into the water. We spent the night on an island that our map notes indicated was a good site but with lots of garbage. With its swirling current, clean water, and bruiser fish, the Whirlpool is a site to behold. The sign-in book did not indicate a lot of people had been there but they all had caught walleye! We spent far too much time stretching our legs and trying to not think about our next big choice. If we had finished this trip at Webequie, we would have paddled all of the Winisk River except the last twenty miles. I do have Kevin’s voice on tape. Subsistence fishing provides an important source of food for the remote Ojibwa community of Webequie, located along the Winisk River in northem Ontario. The river now splits around a big island with no name at the 15 km mark. We have run the river and we have come back into civilization. As you will be travelling in a 20´ freighter canoe powered by a 15hp motor through numerous fast white water rapids, large rocks, boulders and prevailing water levels, it is necessary that a helmsman and a bow oarsman pilot each canoe. As we cleared the east end of the big island, we could see that the north channel was filled with rocks. I am pretty sure we could have run these waves but we lined around the first one and then ran the last CI. The Winisk now splits around a big island and we plowed into the couple of CII-IIIs with big standing waves on the south fork. He does a wing wag and makes another pass. At the bottom of the rapids Jerry said we slide up against an unknown rock on a ledge and over we went. A second quote from the Canoe Atlas of the Little North,  We stopped at the MNR “tin” cabin so I could stretch my bruised hip. Jerry portages over the island and we have nice run down the left side. They will also hit worms and natural bugs like Grasshoppers or May Flies. We finally found a narrow slice of sand with just enough room to pitch our tents. Further north in Algoma, in locations such as the Sutton River there is exceptional brook trout fishing all season long. Winisk River is a stream located just 916.5 miles from Essex, in Essex County, in the province of Ontario, Canada, near Moosonee, ON. We run a wonderful set of CI-IIs down to Sennett Lake and finally stop at one of Ralphs fishing spots and a campsite. Day 6 – June 22 We're experts in custom canoe tripping and Outpost fishing trips focused on your enjoyment and safety. It was a short carry on a bright, sunny day. We had told our pilot that we would be in Webequie on July 1 or 2. This turn out to be a very nice location with lots of room. Ralph said that he can run the same river in five days! Ralph and his wife bring food and spend most of the night telling us about their life in the north and their community. It first flows eastward through Nibinamik, Wapikopa and Winisk lakes before flowing northeast into Hudson Bay. “A beautiful run down wide, fast and open water from Wunnummin Lake, through Sennet Lake, Nibinamik Lake, and north east to Wapikopa Lake….There may be as few as two portages along the entire descent….it is an enjoyable ride!”. That should have been the final clue. At this rate we will be camping in the snow. The next rapid was a long hike across a sandy waste land on the right. Your wilderness river fishing adventure (minimum of four guests) begins from Thunder Bay, Ontario where you fly 450 miles north … After our night on the beach, this was like being transferred to the Bates Motel. Jerry has three “almost” nail holes in his solo. We broke camp at 7 am and paddled into a stiff wind. We had plenty of time to find the hole on river right side of the falls. This is a private place that I had not been invited to visit. Day 8 – June 24 The run down to Markop Lake was calm and relaxing. The portage on the left was completely blocked off by down trees, so we lined our way to the bottom of the run. Winisk River August 1999. I had my camera running in the boat and Jerry filmed us coming down stream. According to the Canoe Atlas, Wastayanipi means “end of clear water”. It started to rain just before day break and the water pooled up under my tent. After months of planning and days of driving we are finally ready to push off. He wishes us the best of luck and tells us to look him up on his Facebook page! A look downstream revealed a Class II slot under the bridge almost immediately after we leave the landing. We had more trouble finding the exit off the lake and back into the river system. Ralph asks if we want to spend the night in his tipi in town. You could see a rock cairns every now and then but the trail and trees were completely burned away. It is everything you read about and more. We are guessing that this rapids was blasted clear to allow boats to move from village to village. We are now about 115 miles into a 200 mile trip. We can now hear a roar from the next rapids so Kevin rock hops down the shoreline to see how bad it is. Our wives were pretty nervous. 233 S. Court Street The sixth morning of your fishing adventure you depart from Goose Camp back to Webequie for your return to Thunder Bay. We are the only cabin on this lake (located along the Winisk River system). We paddle up the big bay and into the Upper Winisk River. We are about 166 miles into the trip. Kevin and I pull up on an island to check out the rapids on the right. The water level was high and again we were forced to carve out a spot in the woods to take lunch. It was very strange able to look right through a boreal forest. 7 Nights: $1900.00 ($90 for each additional day), Copyright © 2009-2011 | Moccasin Trails Adventures |, Site designed and maintained by pointbeing design. Fly fishing with artificial flies is an excellent method. Jerry took the clue and headed over to the top of the portage. He said it was hard for the villagers to believe. The map shows four more CIs or CIIs within the first kilometer. We are crossing big lakes and fighting the wind. To quote the Canoe Atlas of the Little North,  We had one bad spill and paddled a section that went through an active forest fire — great fun! We took another look at the long set of rapids and decided to load up. We had a choice of going through a set of three islands across the river on the left, center or the right. We spent too much time just looking around. It is time to leave but I have mixed emotions. We may have a hole in the boat! I have never been able to see that far across the portage before. Guests: 4 to 8 Flight Distance: 247 miles, 104 minutes Fly-in/Out Days: Any Fish Species: Walleye, Northern Pike, Brook Trout Lake Size: 5,674 acres, large Shoreline: 199 miles (320 km) Portage Lakes: No Other Camps on Lake: No Camp Description. We decided to keep paddling down the Winisk. Pete flew us back to Pickle Lake where we used his shower to clean up. We stopped and camped on the portage before the next big run. Finally, we crept down the right side looking for the exit above the next falls. ABSTRACT. We unload the canoes and load into his truck. We weaved our way past Howson Island and south of Ivey Island. The Asheweig is a huge tributary of the mighty Winisk and it's … From Wunnummin Lake the Winisk River flows northeast into Winisk River Provincial Park and village of Webequie. We stopped in Sioux Lookout to eat a late lunch and then pushed on to Fort Francis. Kevin and Jerry pulling canoes over log portage. The next thing I see is prop spinning off the bow of the canoe. Day 4 – June 20    Day 10 – June 26   Not every pilot is willing to lash two canoes on their floats and haul three guys and their gear on short notice. Questions & Package Info To make matter worst, I have to keep bailing the boat. Old, a group from Three Rivers, MI went on a Winisk River trip. The next bend includes a couple of CIVs with a ledge in between. But adrenaline and lack of sleep overcame common sense. The walls were covered with cardboard and snowshoes with a variety shotgun shells scattered on the table and the floor. Pristine, beautiful nature with some of the best fishing in the region! We have direct access for fishing trips from Peawanuck on to the Winisk River by boat, and by floatplane to adjacent rivers including the Sutton, Brandt and Shagamu Rivers. Jim had worked in the Northwest Territories and he shared several stories of his life up north and in Pickle Lake. Just downstream we saw one of the few moose we would see on this trip. Jerry paddling by an esker on the Upper Winisk. We helped Jerry carry his solo over a burned over portage on the right while Kevin and I paddled. We kick back and catch some sun, eat trail mix and watch the eagles and hawks. Fishing for Brook Trout is similar to river fishing for Rainbow Trout. This route cuts through the granite of the Canadian Shield and features a variety of whitewater, waterfalls, small and big lakes. Three friends and I took a Winisk trip in 1983. Supposedly, when the steep waves subside, you can run the “open gate”. We are about 130 miles into the trip. If we had paddled another 40 minutes we would have had a great place to take lunch! Lesson learned! On the way up we cross the Ozhiski which feeds into the Attatwapiskat. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Winisk River. We all shook hands took pictures and said our thanks before getting back into the boats. Now $152 (Was $̶1̶6̶9̶) on Tripadvisor: Knik River Lodge, Palmer. Package Costs (USD, all taxes included): Because the next portage was across a series of white sand dunes with no trees, I could see the entire series of the rapids below me. We stayed at Lynn Cox’s Bed & Breakfast in Pickle Lake the night before. We rolled into the first line of water with no problem. Chookomoolin's homestead/sport- fishing camp is situated where the river flows out of Hawley Lake. When he landed he wanted to know if we had lost our SPOT. Everyone is moving a little slow. We found the site. Rainy Lake was sparking from the aerial display as we crossed the border. 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