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Missinaibi: Hell's Gate AND High Water Seminar Summary

On Wednesday February 10, 2021 Scott, Jennifer, Jeff, Bruce, Don and Max gave a wonderful virtual presentation to over 70 people about their trips on the Lower Missinaibi River.  The Missinaibi is a Canadian heritage river and the longest undammed river in northeast Ontario.

The presentation covered two trips:  the first In July 2017 and the second in September 2020. During the 2017 trip the water level was very high while in 2020 it was quite low.  The contrast was remarkable.

The route covered 312 Kms from Mattice to Moosonee in 12 days. People doing this trip should have intermediate white water skills, be comfortable with class II rapids, and prepared for remote travel:  there is a week between exit points.   Most of the rapids are on the first 70KM of the trip. 

The highlights of the route are Thunderhouse Falls and Hell’s Gate Canyon.  Both are spectacular, but involve long portages.   Thereafter, most of the trip is a flatwater float through the James Bay lowlands.  The return trip is by train, the Polar Bear Express from Moosonee to Cochrane.

Resources

Trip Checklist https://www.raccc.ca/resources/trip-leader  at the bottom of the page. This page is only available to club members.  It is invaluable for carefully planning a trip.

Hap Wilson river guide book:  Missinaibi – Journey to the Northern Sky. 

The Adventure Map:  Missinaibi 3.