Superior Whitewater Unplugged
Custom Outfitted and Guided Whitewater Canoe Trips
Set the dates, choose the river, and name what you’ll need from us for your own custom whitewater canoe trip on Lake Superior’s north shore. We specialize in the Lake Superior watershed and our services include everything from vehicle shuttles, rental boats and maps to guiding and all-inclusive trips. Let us know what you require based on your experience, gear and timelines and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs. Prices vary with the services provided. Lake Superior’s wilderness rivers guarantee the trip of a lifetime.
Agawa River: Climb aboard the Algoma Central Railway for a two-day run through the famous Agawa Canyon. This 30-kilometre-long trip features lots of novice to intermediate whitewater and several more technical—and portageable—drops. At Agawa Falls, the halfway point, the river drops 25 metres in a spectacular plume. From here to highway 17 there is non-stop class I and II whitewater. Spring and fall only.
Sand River: From its headwaters at Mile 136 on the ACR, the Sand River cuts a meandering and occasionally frothy course to Lake Superior. This 56-kilometre-long, four- to five-day trip is suitable for novice to intermediate paddlers who are capable of making safe landings at portages above large rapids and falls. For experienced paddlers, nearly half of the river’s 29 portages are runnable class I, II or III rapids, while the others are scenic waterfalls such as Calwin and Lady Evelyn. This river is runnable in May, early June and rainy autumns.
Dog River: (Also referred to as the University River). Considered to be the most challenging of Lake Superior’s north shore rivers, the Dog River is suitable for more experienced whitewater paddlers. It is known for its continuous rapids and rugged portages. The Dog River’s payoff is Denison Falls, where 40 kilometres of white-knuckle whitewater and bushwhack portaging is washed away in a spectacular 40-metre-high cascade. Plan on a three- to four-day trip from the put-in on the Paint Lake Road; longer trips are available for those wanting to explore the Dog’s headwaters in Obatanga Provincial Park. A trip on the Dog River culminates with 25 kilometres of paddling on Lake Superior or a pick-up by the local commercial fishing boat. Plan on paddling the Dog River in the spring and fall only.
Pukaskwa River: Flowing along the southern border of Pukaskwa National Park, this is Lake Superior’s most remote watershed. The Pukaskwa River transforms from a twisty whitewater creek to a high-volume, big water river over its 65-kilometre-long course. Like the Dog River, rapids on the Pukaskwa are technical and frequently long; and the portage option is often equally challenging. It takes five- to seven-days to paddle the Pukaskwa; add at least another four days if you plan on paddling the 90 kilometres of Lake Superior coastline north to Hattie Cove or south to Michipicoten. Boat pick-up can be arranged. The Pukaskwa River is best run in May.
White River: At the northern border of Pukaskwa National Park, the White River drains a relatively large watershed into Lake Superior. As a result, it’s one of the few north shore rivers that are runnable throughout the summer. Perfect for intermediate whitewater paddlers, the White features lots of class II whitewater and many spectacular waterfalls. It’s a five- to seven-day trip down the White from White Lake to Hattie Cove. While hydroelectric development near its mouth at Umbatta Falls has stolen some of the White River’s thunder, it is still a worthwhile trip. Eight kilometres of Lake Superior coast separates its mouth from the take-out at Hattie Cove.