Photo: Simon Grada

Circuit #63
Big Loop Chochocouane

Circuit #25
Cabonga Reservoir

 

LENGTH

132 km loop

APPROXIMATIVE DURATION

8-10 days

GROOMING FREQUENCY

Every 5 years (except the section outside off the reserve which is never visited)

PROPOSED DIRECTION

Clockwise

GUIDE MAP

Number 6

TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPS

31 N/11, 31 N/14 et 31 N/155

DIFFICULTIES

Section 1 :

(from Lac Panech to Lac Gladu)
11-km section against the current; may be difficult to navigate at high water. Portages exist for 3 rapids you will encounter; one Class 1 rapid and one whitewater and one ledge section must be waded. Some portages may be flooded when waterlevel
isl high.

Sectionn 2 :

(from “Lac Gladu” to the junction of Ruisseau Camitakit and the Rivière Chochocouane)
No  information available on thissection.

Sectionn 3 :

(from the Ruisseau Camitakit-Rivière Chochocouane junction to the junction of Rivière Canimiti and Rivière Chochocouane) :
7 Class I rapids
1 Class I-II rapid
3 Class II rapids
7 Class II-III rapids
1 Class III rapid
3 Class IV rapids
1 ledge
1 waterfall

Sectionn 4 :

(from the junction of Rivière Canimiti and Rivière Chochocouane to Lac Panech)
19-km section running against the current. It can be easily negotiated. Portages exist for all rapids except for one whitewater section and 1 Class I rapid which must be waded.


Observationss noted at high water

PORTAGE

Section 1 :

3 PORTAGESa totalling 1 km (0.8% of circuit )

Section 2 :

6 PORTAgesA

Section 3 :

10 PORTAGESa totalling 2 km (1.5% of circuit )

4 PORTAGESb totalling 475 m (0.4% of circuit )

Section 4 :
Portages exist for all rapids except for one whitewater section and 1 Class I rapid which must be waded.
Some portages on Canimiti River may be flooded when water level is high

PUT-IN

Lac Elbow:
From Highway 117, take road 41 for approximately 12 km to Lac Elbow campsite or slightly further to the bridge on “Rivière Canimiti”;
113 km from Le Domaine.

POINTS OF INTEREST

This is a long and very diversified route. Most canoe campers appreciate the fact that it allows access to the Chochocouane River without the need to use shuttle or hydroplane transportation. Before you reach the Chochocouane River, you will encounter small and large lakes, creeks, a few rapids and a small river. Ledge downstream from “Lac Rocau” (ideal spot for swimming; large, flat rocks; exception campsite).

REMARKS

The section between “Lac Fourmet” and “Lac Yser” lies outside La Vérendrye reserve territory and therefore is undeveloped. In addition, there is no information available on this section. You may follow the circuit to the “Camping Outaouais” and avoid canoeing upstream on the “Rivière Canimiti” (from the junction of the “Rivière Chochocouane” and “Rivière Canimiti” to “Lac Elbow”); however, this option will require the use of a 32-km shuttle.

WE RECOMMEND:

10 km a day for novices

15 km a day for intermediates

20 km a day for experts

 

HYPOTHERMIA

 

LENGTH

An “inland ocean” extending over 677 km2,  this vast expanse of water dotted with many islands and beaches is particularly suitable for sea kayaking. Severall loop circuits and linear routes to
choose  from.

APPROXIMATIVE DURATION

2 to15 days and more

GROOMING FREQUENCY

Southsection
(Lac  de l'Écorce to Îles Bruyères): Annually
North section
(Îles  Gouin to ÎleRichard): Every 5 years

GUIDE MAP

Number 8

TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPS

31 N/1, 31 N/2, 31 N/7, 31 N/8 et 31 N/100

DIFFICULTIES

High waves during strong winds.
When water level is very low, some passages between islands are not runnable.

PORTAGES

NA

PUT-IN

Sépaq Camping Cabonga 5 :
From Highway 117, take road 25 to Camping Cabonga 5;
9 km from Le Domaine.

Many more put-ins to Cabonga Reservoir. See the guide map or the general map for more information.

POINTS OF INTEREST

This circuit offers many route options. Very easy access, just a few kilometres from Le Domaine. Magnificent sandy beaches; picturesque campsites.

REMARQUES

As part of its Retour aux Sources program, the La Cordée outdoor store contributed $5,000 to Canot-camping La Vérendrye at the start of the 2003 season for maintainance of the southern section of Cabonga Reservoir.

WE RECOMMEND:

10 km a day for novices

15 km a day for intermediates

20 km a day for experts

 

HYPOTHERMIA

8

Days Circuits

132 km and more

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Photo : Gaël Chiron

Classification

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Partners

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Email : info@canot-camping.ca

Telephone : 1-819-435-2331 or 1-888-435-2331

Fax : 1-819-435-2341