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Magnetawan River
River
Magnetawan River as seen looking downstream from the Highway 11 bridge at Burk's Falls.
Country Canada Canada
State Ontario Ontario
District Parry Sound District
Source Magnetawan Lake
 - location Algonquin Provincial Park, Nipissing District, Ontario Ontario, Canada Canada
Mouth Byng Inlet, Georgian Bay
Upper Magnetawan

The Magnetawan River is a river in Parry Sound District, Ontario, Canada which flows 175 km from Magnetawan Lake inside Algonquin Park to empty into Georgian Bay at the town of Britt, Ontario on Byng Inlet.

At the end of the 19th century, the river was used to float white pine logs to sawmills downstream. The river gained recent renown when it was featured in Bill Mason's film Waterwalker.

The River has numerous rapids, such as, "The Thirty Dollar Rapids", "The Fourteen", "The Ten", the "Potato Rapids", "Poverty Bay Chutes", and "Cody Rapids".

The town of Magnetawan, Ontario is located on the river between Lake Cecebe and Ahmic Lake. Locks were built here on the river to allow steamboats to travel further down the river from the railway station at Burk's Falls. The locks officially opened on July 8, 1886 and are still in use today[1].

The name of the river means "swiftly flowing waters[2]" in the Ojibwa language.

There is also a Reserve with the name Magnetawan First Nation, the same name as the river. The Reserve is situated on the river in between Britt and Byng Inlet.

Canoe routes

Canoers on Upper Magnetawan River

The Magnetawan River also provides great canoe routes for novice and more experienced canoe tripping. Canadian Canoe Routes lists three Magnetawan River Canoe Routes:

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