The headwater section, typically accessed from Big Bob Lake, is slow, shallow and often overgrown with alders, making travel in some sections particularly difficult late in the paddling season.
Below Grass Lake, the river continues to meander, but it’s deeper and the waterfalls are higher and more dramatic where the river squeezes through narrow, rocky channels.
The tranquility of the scene here is overwhelming, typical of a Canadian wilderness spring.
The portages so far have been relatively dry, easy to navigate and clearly marked, but several blow downs require some creative maneuvering with a canoe and pack on my back. While I am clearing some brush off trails, it’s generally safer if I don’t do any mechanical trimming while I solo tripping.
However, if your focus is abundant wildlife and spectacular brook trout fishing, the Nipissing River just can’t be beat.
The fishing is decent along this stretch between High Dam and Stewart’s Dam, where I am spending the night, and the remote nature of this part of the river is extremely enjoyable.In 1979 May, Bob and Diana undertook a seven night, unaccompanied, canoe trip out of Kiosk in north west Algonquin Park. The astute observer will note a pair of trousers and some wool socks drying on the line, plus a wet shoe hanging on the axe handle behind Bob.The route was Kioshkokwi Lake; Manitou Lake; Three Mile Lake; Biggar Lake; south to the Nipissing River via Loughrin Creek passing through Barred Owl Lake and Nod Lake; west on the Nipissing River passing Allen Rapids, Spring Camp, and High Falls; and then north passing through Nadine Lake, Osler Lake, Little Osler Lake, Skuce Lake, Erables Lake and Maple Lake; and returned to Kiosk and Kioshkokwi Lake via Maple Creek. A short time before, Bob had launched the canoe in order to fetch some water out in the lake and away from shore.I brought enough food to consume about 3,600 calories per day on average; breakfast and dinner consist of cooked meals while energy bars, jerky and gorp are for lunch and snacks.This is a relatively easy day so I take the opportunity to slowly drift through the spring landscape, enjoying the mating calls emanating from the profusion of song birds found along the river’s edge and the surrounding woodlands.
It continues east over Graham's Dam, the High Falls and Gauthier's Dam, enters geographic Lister Township, flows over the Perley Dam and Rolling Dam, and empties into Cedar Lake on the Petawawa River, across the lake from the community of Brent.