Noganosh Provincial Park – Aug 2015
I have been selfishly afraid to tell too many people about this great trip because I didn’t want to spoil the secrecy of this great spot. However, with Kevin Callan paddling there on Canada Day I think the secret is out.
If you haven’t heard of this place it’s an “unmaintained provincial park” which means there is no formal day-to-day staff or maintenance but it also means there are no user fees. We did this as an out-and-back trip and that’s what I would recommend. The campsites are quite nice (please don’t mess it up) and the fishing is excellent. Access is from the Pickerel River and you can leave a vehicle at Fleming’s Landing or at a bridge along the highway. We chose Fleming’s Landing.
We stayed 3 nights – one night on Smoky Lake and then 2 nights at a nice base camp on Noganosh Lake. Our last day we were able to paddle all the way back to Fleming’s Landing. There is a portage from the Pickerel River into Smoky Creek which is pretty short. Smoky Creek starts off as a pretty marshy area but it was no trouble paddling into Smoky Lake.
- Bring a fishing rod and plan for smallmouth bass
- Noganosh lake itself is quite large so you could spend some time looking around and checking out sites over a few days
- If you don’t have a lot of time you could even make this a short 2 day trip if you just camped at Smoke Lake.
- Be prepared for airplanes – Tornado Resorts is a fly-in fishing operator that operates in the area (they also operate as a canoe outfitter for Noganosh)