Map of access to Obabika Lake and Wawiagama Lake

Driving Directions

Take Hwy 17 west from North Bay or east from Sudbury (48 km.) to Warren. Your last gas stop is here. 
Follow Hwy 539A north to River Valley. When you reach a point where the highway forks left and right, turn left to River Valley.
Drive through River Valley to Hwy 805 (gravel road). Follow to the end of 805 at the north end of Emerald Lake. Near the top of Emerald, do not follow sign to Lake Obabika Lodge, but take left fork.
  Continue 1.25 kilometres to end of Hwy 805. On left will be shoreline, ahead a logging road, on right a casual trailer park and a right turn onto a narrow access road to Pond Lake
Turn right to Pond to access the south end of Obabika Lake or continue straight ahead on logging road for access to Wawiagama (aka Round) and Obabika lakes from the Goulard Road. 
Watch for cutoff to right for Goulard Road, which is just past the Iron Lake cabin on the left.  Follow Goulard Road to gate.

Note: Logging roads are not maintained. Intersections are not marked. New logging roads can appear anywhere, undermining your best directions. Slow, slow down and drive carefully. Watch for logging trucks.




Drive Times and Distances (approx)




Hwy 17 to River Valley

via Sturgeon Falls

20 25.0 15.5

via Warren 

30 25.0 15.5

River Valley to Hwy 805 end




Hwy 805 to Goulard Road




Along Goulard Road to gate




Goulard Road

Caution: This is a former logging road. It is no longer maintained and deteriorating. Conditions can change from season to season or even during severe weather. Only 4WDs and trucks are recommended. Drive slowly when you leave Hwy 805.

Getting to Obabika Lake from the gate

Portage up the road north of the gate and east along the portage trail. Follow the green arrow on the map. 

Parking and the gate

Park south of the gate or at the old logging camp. The old logging camp is still Goulard property, but there is unwritten permission to park there (though this could change). Don't obstruct the road or entry through the gate or buildings at the camp. 

Don't park north of the gate don't even drive through an open gate, as it could have been vandalized. An unauthorized car north of the gate is a violation of the law and MNR takes it seriously. 

Chinaman's Trail

Don't use this trail. It looks like a good shortcut, but it crosses private property.

Obabika Lake Lodge and adjoining properties

DON'T cross private property. There is a trail on the west side of the properties at the south end of Obabika Lake.

There is no road access here. Go to Pond Lake.

As it is a remote lodge, there are no services normally associated with lodges in higher trafficked areas, such as a restaurant.



LAST WORD is not recommending use of the access off Goulard Road, but simply providing you with the facts. Road conditions are unpredictable, the route past the end of 805 is little traveled, not maintained and the road may become impassable. Local property owners and the gate have been vandalized in the past. Backroad crime can neither be predicted nor prevented. 

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