Nipigon River Recreation Trail

Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area

Organization: Land of the Nipigon Waterways Development Association

Classification: Difficult
Distance: 10.1 km one way
Elevation Gain: 154 m
Estimated Time: 3-5 hours
Features: Panoramic views of Nipigon River and Nipigon Bay from three clifftop lookouts. Wooded and shoreline habitats. White pelicans, peregrine falcon, bald eagles, great blue heron, otters.


Description: Experience the shoreline of the Nipigon River from Nipigon to Red Rock and along Nipigon Bay on Lake Superior, the world’s largest freshwater lake. Suitable for ages 8 and up (depending on abilities) this is a well-maintained, rugged, wilderness recreation trail.


If you don’t have much time, consider taking a shorter 40-minute (2.6 km return) hike starting at the Red Rock trailhead to the viewing platform at Lloyd’s Lookout, then hike a few minutes further to relax in the Parks Canada red chairs. Or, start at the Nipigon Marina trailhead and hike 2-3 km of flat terrain along the edge of the Nipigon River. If you plan to hike the entire trail, it is recommended you start at the Red Rock Trailhead. Shuttle service (book ahead) is available in Nipigon, by calling Epic Adventures at 807-887-1008.


Directions: Red Rock Trailhead - From Highway 11/17 head south on Highway 628 towards Red Rock. Travel approximately 7 kilometres where signage will direct you to turn left onto Third Street, a short gravel road, where the trailhead is found.
Nipigon Trailhead - From Highway 11/17 turn onto Railway Street or First Street and follow the directional signs to the Nipigon Marina. From the marina parking lot, walk south across the road bridge to the trailhead.

Nipigon River Map

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