Clay to Kawnipi*
Via the Wawiag River
*Kawa Bay

Quetico portage
Posted by: Kim Young
Season/Year: Summer 98
Water Level: low
Length: 30 rods
Rating: easy
Additional Perspectives:
Duane Rutan

Portage Description:
Once you are dropped into Clay, you paddle to the Greenwood Creek. However, in 1998, the water was low, actually none to speak of in the creek. After pulling the canoes through ankle deep mud, portaging over trees, sandy bottom, and over numerous beaver dams for 6.5 hours, we made it to the Wawiag. We estimate it is a 5 mile creek with all the winding turns it takes. Unofficial portages happen at one or two places along the Wawiag because of log jams. Short. Then there is a portage around some rapids. This is about 30 rods long. There is a campsite on the east end of it. This river section from Greenwood creek to the campsite/portage took about 2.5 hours. From this campsite/portage, there is another log jam, short portage, then Kawa bay. This last section took about 2 hours to get to the island campsite in the bay. I'll take it again someday, but I'll make sure there's water in the creek!

Lake after portage: Kawnipi*
Known campsites: 3
Lake Description:

In Kawa Bay there are 3-4 campsites, one being on an island with some good swimming rocks.

Portage from Kawnipi* into:
Kahshawpiwi Creek
Kahshahpiwi Creek

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