City of Kenora to Rushing River Provincial Park
Lake of the Woods east into Blindfold Lake and then Rushing River Park can be paddled in either direction. This is multi-use route (canoe, kayak, paddleboard). Paddleboarders frequent the waters adjacent to Kenora, while canoeists and kayakers can be seen further from town.
There is moderate to heavy power boat traffic for the first 5 kms south and east of Kenora.
Less than 1% land-base to water ratio is a low average standard for easy to moderately difficult trips. Wind and high waves can be significant in the larger, open sections of Lake of the Woods. A west to east alignment is suggested in order to take advantage of prevailing southwesterly winds.
Rushing River ?km
The Rushing River Provincial Park section of the trail is a blueway (water trail) and greenway trail with a 750m portage and a 450m portage.
An Operating park, Rushing River Provincial Park is a park with high visitation.
The trail can be accessed from a variety of locations including Lake of the Woods, Rushing River Provincial Park. Highwind Lake Road south of Rushing River Provincial Park on the east side of Highway 71 provides drive-to access to Ethelma, Highwind and Hillock Lakes. Roads such as the Highwind Lake Road are abandoned forest access roads and maintenance is limited which may make roads challenging to drive in conventional passenger vehicles.
Campsite permits are required for camping within the park. All camping will be at designated campsites within the park. Permits can be purchased at the gate or by making a reservation up to 5 months in advance by either phone 1-888-ONT-PARK or on line at www.ontarioparks.com.
The trail route from the east enters the park boundary at Dogtooth Lake and lands on the beach within the park. From there, it is a 750m portage through the park on the road to the Highway 71 crossing. From there, canoeists will put back into the river to the final 450m portage into Blindfold Bay.
City of Dryden to Rushing River Park ?km
As a canoe route, the element of difficulty is average or moderate with the land (portage) to
16 portage trails water ratio set at 3%. There is some creek travel with fluctuating water levels and beaver dam activity but should not hamper water trail experience through the normal season.
Many of the portage trails are kept open by users and campsites already established
ratio is a low average standard for easy to moderately difficult trips with sections of remote travelnecessary. Some creeks are preferably run in the earlier part of the season; otherwise there are typically obstructions that may impede ease of travel. A west to east alignment is suggested in order to take advantage of prevailing southwesterly winds.