Flindt River via Kenoji and Whitewater Lakes, or Smoothrock Lake to Caribou River, Caribou Lake and the Little Caribou Lake take-out. 17 map pages.
To begin the trip, take Via Rail west from Armstrong (or any other point from further east) to one of the 3 starting points:
- Allanwater Bridge (mile marker 54.6),
- Barrington Lake (mile marker 62.5) or
- Heathcote Lake (mile marker 67.3).
Access from the West can be made by train from Savant Lake or with a brief drive or shuttle from highway 599 along Vista Road directly to the Flindt River about 9 kms south of the railroad.
We have also included the Flindt/Allanwater River connection via Gault and StumpLakes (Map Supplement) - something to think about.
Follow the Flindt River north into Wabakimi Lake from where there are two alternative routes via Kenoji and Whitewater Lakes or, if you are short of time, via Smoothrock Lake.
If you take the longer route, 2 days more, the Ogoki Lodge on Whitewater Lake is worth checking out. It was originally built as an eco-tourism destination with a main lodge built in the shape of a giant teepee. Although left in disrepair, it is to be restored as a commercial lodge.
Also, we recommend a visit to Best Island and the Wendell Beckwith cabins, a must visit site while it lasts as it is no longer maintained. Wendell Beckwith was a native of Whitewater, Wisconsin and an inventor. In his search for solitude he lived on Best Island from 1961 until his death in 1985. He built a large pine cabin and later a smaller one (The Snail) built into the hillside that was more efficient to heat in winter.