Kennisis Dam Access Point (HHWT) - Algonquin Highlands, ON
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Bon Echo
N 45° 12.936 W 078° 39.831
17T E 683432 N 5009556
Quick Description: One of several access points on the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 6/28/2020 12:11:11 PM
Waymark Code: WM12PWK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member kJfishman
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Long Description:
Launching from the Kennisis Dam Access Point, you have the choice of a short 3km (40 minute) paddle on Red Pine Lake to the first group of campsites (34 and 34A), or a bit further to reach one of the six official campsites on that lake.

Or you head into one of the adjoining lakes:
- 3 km paddle and 650m portage brings you into Buckskin Lake, with 2 campsites.
- 4.5 km paddle (~1hour) and a short 210 m portage brings you into Clear Lake. Camp on Clear Lake or continue on to one several adjoining lakes.

To see the lakes and campsites go to and select "Kennisis Dam" as the access point. (visit link)

The following loops could be completed in 2-3 days, starting and ended at the Kennisis Dam access point:

Red Pine - Clear - Big Hawk - Little Hawk - Blackcat - Kennisis

Red Pine - Clear - Big Hawk - Nunikani - Red Pine

Of course you can easily add additional days and additional lakes.

Reservations / permits are required to camp at any of the sites (camping on the lakes and not on a designated site is not permitted). However, there are no fees for day use of the area including any of the day-use sites.
Parking/put-in/launching information:
The launch is at Kennisis Dam. There is a long dock, boat launch on one side and shallow sandy area on the other. Plenty of parking at the launch. No fees for launch or parking.

Paddling conditions to be expected:
Flatwater - wide shallow river at first (slight current close to the dam but not really noticeable away from the dam) and flatwater lakes thereafter.

Difficulty of the trip:
Red Pine and Clear would be great for beginners, and beyond that it's intermediate at best. These are tame lakes and short well-maintained portages.

Length of trip: 3 kms (40 minutes) up to 3 days

depending on route, they range from 60 to 650 meters in length. None are particularly difficult.

Permits required:
For overnight camping only, Cost is $12.46 per adult and $5.76 per child (in 2020, subject to change). See

Type of trip:
"Out and back" or loop

Take-out Coordinates: Not Listed

Other information: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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