Looking for a huge expanse of world-class wilderness paddling territory? Then you will need a copy of the Official Woodland Caribou Map. The Park is located in northwestern Ontario on the Ontario side of the provincial border with Manitoba, is one of the world’s finest paddling destinations. And yet it is not at all heavily used.
Our comprehensive guide highlights over 4,000 square kilometres scenic lakes, rushing and meandering streams, roaring rapids and waterfalls, punctuated by open wetlands and rocky outcrops. It’s unlike most other Ontario Parks in that access is only possible by flying or paddling in. There are several access points with parking lots on the Park boundary, but no roads in the Park, so you can be guaranteed the greatest seclusion possible in today’s world.
Despite that seclusion there is a healthy supply of outfitters, lodges and other services around the Park to assist your access to this wilderness, and park management works hard to keep campsites, portages and about 2,000 kilometres of paddling routes in good order.
Wilderness paddlers, whether experienced or novice will appreciate the superb network of beautiful lakes and rivers connected by short portages (average ~300 metres!) that bypass occasional rapids and a large number of waterfalls. Ideal paddling terrain. And the goal here IS wilderness paddling. Period! And that’s something you can’t say about any other park in North America, except perhaps Quetico further south (we also have a map guide to that area).
At 1:110,000 scale our map has extraordinary geographic detail plus access points, portages, island names, lake elevations, route helpers and many other helpful features. It also covers areas outside the Park including the nearby Town of Red Lake and the huge body for which it was named.
Text and colour photos cover the entire backside of this 91x66cm (26×36 inch) waterproof guide (folded to 4×9 inches). You’ll find information about the natural history of the area, fishing (which is fabulous!), backcountry procedures & etiquette, sample routes, detailed inset maps highlighting different areas, safety tips, contact information and much more. There is even a reference system to the major lakes – we’ve surveyed over 5,200 for this map – as well as 392 portages, 34 falls, and over 7,840 islands!
Like all Adventure Map® guides this one is completely original, which is why it took us 2 years to create! It covers the area of numerous government topos and has considerably more detail. Produced in cooperation with and carefully reviewed by Woodland Caribou Provincial Park staff, who have adopted it as the official map of the area. On waterproof plastic as usual.
Large sections of the park have burned but the paddling is peaceful……..