ALWAYS check Alerts and other information on the official website, as conditions and facility availability are subject to change.
NOTE: Either this is a backcountry camping and hiking park best enjoyed by experienced paddlers and adventurers or it may involve an exceptionally long drive. Accessing the park may be tricky. It is outside the scope of our website, and you should contact the park for information about activities and facilities.
Facebook and Website Links
Makobe-Grays River Official website
Makobe-Grays River Facebook
Phone #: (705) 569-3205
Main entrance co-ordinates: 47.597126 -80.374851
Address: 24 Finlayson Park Road Temagami P0H 2H0
Opening seasons: April 28, 2023, to October 22, 2023
Camping & Accommodation
Makobe-Grays River is a backcountry camping provincial park click here for more information so you can stay safe and have a fun time camping in the wilderness
Hiking, Biking & Paddling
Canoeists travelling the Makobe River come for challenging whitewater. The river itself is a short trip, two or three days of paddling if flying into Makobe Lake by floatplane, and taking-out at the Town of Elk Lake.
The rapids and drops along the river are technical and require scouting. Water conditions early in the season depend on the snowmelt and early trippers may encounter snowfall and even ice-bound lakes, after very cold winters. Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater and the Makobe River are higher in elevation than the surrounding areas, like Elk Lake and Temagami. A number of cliff-side locations retain ice and snow into late May.
The Makobe route can also be combined with other routes, primarily those of Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater where the Makobe River begins. The Grays River to the south connects to the Lady Evelyn River, and the Makobe flows into the Montreal River. These can be linked to Lady Evelyn Lake, forming a circle route but only when there are high water conditions.
Maps & Resources
Ontario Crown Land Use Policy Atlas: most Provincial Parks have excellent signage, maps, and marked trails. If you take up back-country adventures, then it’s not always clear. The Ontario Crown Land Use maps are an excellent resource. You might also want to join one or more of these groups on Facebook
Crown Land Camping Group
Crown Land Camping Ontario
Ontario Parks and Crown Land
Ontario Crown Land Campers
Sharing Ontario Crown Land Camping Spots
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