Man Chain

Man Chain PinAfter entering Quetico Provincial Park via the Cache Bay Ranger Station, this Quetico canoe route travels along the Man Chain before looping back along the US/Canada border to end on Saganaga Lake. The Man Chain canoe route features a massive waterfall and excellent fishing for walleye, lake trout, small mouth bass, and northern pike. You have the option of cutting out six hours of paddling on either end of your trip by taking a tow boat shuttle across Saganaga Lake to American Point. (This trip requires a Remote Area Border Crossing Permit in addition to a Quetico Park permit and Ontario Fishing Licenses.  See our Quetico page for more information.)

Ontario Parks entry permit needed: #72 – Man Chain Lakes

Maps for this route –

  • Fisher Maps – F19 & F18 & F11
  • McKenzie Maps – 6A & 26 & 27 & 9 & 8

 (Route lines are an approximation and should not be used for navigation.)

Starting at Saganaga Lake, paddle or get a tow to American Point/Hook Island

  • Continue paddling into Cache Bay – Stop at the ranger station pick up your permit and pay user fees
  • Portage 130 rods around Silver Falls into Saganagons Lake – Silver Falls can be tricky when the water levels are high.  Be sure to ask for advice and current conditions in the office before starting your trip.
  • Portage 8 rods into Slate Lake
  • Portage 55 rods into Fran Lake
  • Portage 74 rods into an unnamed lake
  • Portage 18 rods into Bell Lake
  • Portage 21 rods around some rapids
  • Portage 4 rods around some rapids
  • Portage 39 rods into Other Man Lake
  • Portage 49 rods into This Man Lake
  • Portage 60 rods into No Man Lake
  • Portage 101 rods into That Man Lake
  • Portage 136 rods into Sheridan Lake
  • Portage 15 rods into Carp Lake
  • Portage 73 rods into Emerald Lake
  • Portage 55 rods into Plough Lake
  • Portage 152 rods into Ottertrack Lake 
  • Portage 80 rods into Swamp Lake – Monument Portage travels along the international border.
  • Portage 5 rods into Saganaga Lake – Once on Saganaga your group can paddle back to the public landing or Tuscarora can pick your group up in our tow boats which can save up to six hours of paddling.

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