To begin the trip, take Via Rail west from Armstrong (or any point further east or west) to Allanwater Bridge at mile-marker 54.6. Train reservations can be made at http://www.viarail.ca.
About three or four kilometres or two miles after the start, the river divides into two channels. Both east and west channels can be used and are equally interesting. It has been suggested that a little more water flows through the eastern branch, so it may be the preferable choice especially in lower water conditions.
Exiting Brennan Lake at the eastern end presents 3 options. The northern route is the easiest and most direct exit with two swifts and a 110 metre portage. If you prefer to portage around Brennan Falls, (and view the falls from above) begin the loop from the north and take the two small carry-overs. The third option, a 550 metre portage to the south is longer and more difficult and so is the least desirable exit.
We have included, as Map 3a, a map of the entire Smoothrock Lake just for your information. Of course, if you have an extra couple of days, you could add a circuit of this interesting lake to your trip.
The Ogoki Lodge on Whitewater Lake is worth checking out. It was originally built as an eco-tourism destination with a main lodge built in the shape of a giant teepee. Although left in disrepair, it was to be restored as a commercial lodge.
We also recommend a visit to Best Island and the Wendell Beckwith cabins, a must visit site while it lasts as, sadly, it is no longer maintained. Wendell Beckwith was a native of Whitewater, Wisconsin and an inventor. In his search for solitude he lived on Best Island from 1961 until his death in 1985. He built a large pine cabin and later a smaller one (The Snail) into the hillside that was more efficient to heat in winter.
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