Misabi Lake


By Paul Tamburro

In June 2006, Nastawgan Network members  explored and reopened the Misabi Lake route  — a useful connector between Bob Lake and the popular Diamond-to-Wakimika route.

The Nastawgan Network retraced the route (believed to have been last traveled by members of Friends of Temagami about five years ago) and the portages are all clear and blazed. The trails are not particularly difficult, although some sections might be rather wet in the spring, or sodden by heavy rains and beaver activity.


Bob Olajos (left) and Paul Tamburro on the Misabi Lake campsite.

Misabi Lake is the highlight of the route and the crew — Alex Broadbent, Chris Melanson, Bob Olajos and Paul Tamburro — agreed this to be one of the prettiest and most pristine lakes in the backcountry. There is an excellent campsite with room for at least three tents on the southwestern bay with natural seating and excellent swimming. This site is in the Obabika River Park and borders the old growth of the Wakimika Triangle. The northwestern portion of the lake, separated by a log jam that may require a liftover, has a distinctly boreal feel with black spruce and rocky slopes.

There is a natural spring 200 metres to the south of the portage.

It is hoped that by rehabilitating and promoting this route that Areas of Concern will be officially established and maintained by the Ministry of Natural Resources. Usage of this route will provide the canoeist an interesting diversion and remoteness, and help alleviate pressure within one of Temagami’s most heavily used areas.

  WEBSITE:  Nastawgan Network 



Misabi Lake Canoe Route map: Bob Lake, Pencil Lake, Small Lake, Redtail Lake, Diamond Lake Bufflehead Pond

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         POSTED JULY 6, 2006

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