Nipigon River Recreation Trail

Trail Info

  • Trail Length: 10.1 km (one way)
  • Trail Type: Linear
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Elevation Gain: 154 m
  • 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.

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.

This 10 km hiking trail, which connects the Nipigon and Red Rock marinas, takes between 3-4 hours to complete.

The trail from Nipigon hugs the shoreline of the Nipigon River as far as Sawmill Point. This part of the trail is easy walking and affords the hiker a chance to view the wildlife on the river, including bald eagles, blue herons, peregrine falcon, pelicans, and a variety of waterfowl. Moose, deer, otter and beaver may also be seen along the trail in the summer, and in the winter wolves and fox are sometimes observed on the frozen river.

The trail is open through all seasons. From August through October enjoy bursts of colour from the wild flowers to the dramatic change of the leaves in the Fall. During the winter months the scene is transformed as the river freezes to a dazzling white. The Nipigon end of the trail is packed in winter for hiking and there are slots for the cross-country skier.

Trail Sections

Wetlands Trail (1.7 km)

A walk on this gravelled trail beside the river and marshlands offers an opportunity to see the waterfowl and animals.

Sawmill Point Trail (0.8 km)

A pleasant walk takes you past open shoreline to a scenic view of the bay. From Sawmill Point one can view the beginnings of Nipigon Bay in Lake Superior, and the town of Red Rock. 

Stillwater Creek Trail (1 km)

Enjoy this trail along the shore.  Carry on through woodland areas to the clear waters of the creek.

Hydro Corridor Trail (1.4 km)

This adventure trail through woodland, followed by a steep rock climb along the Hydro line (4 pole spans) will challenge you.  However, it is well worth the hike because it offers access to the most spectacular of all the lookouts - Eagle Ridge - overlooking Nipigon Bay and its islands.  A rope support and steps/stairs will guide you to this panoramic lookout.  Eagle Ridge can be reached more easily through the Woodland Trail.

Woodland Trail (2 km)

Hike this rugged trail up occasional steep inclines and through ravines.  The reward at the end of this trail is the view from Eagle Ridge.

Nipigon River Recreation Trail Map  

If one is considering hiking the whole trail, it is easier to complete the hike starting at the Red Rock end. Hikers need to arrange for a ride back to their starting point if they are only hiking one way. If your plan is to hike the whole trail, be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, and a cell phone.

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 is available in Nipigon, call 807-887-1008.

Read more about the Nipigon River Recreation Trail in the Exploring the Edge blog.

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