Five Finger Rapids

Explore the the Five Finger rapids by boat or by hiking the 9km Papase Trail.

Travel by canoe, motorboat or foot along Canada’s first heritage river to view the spectacular Five Finger Rapids, or Zoongininjii in Anishinaabek.
Zoongininjii means Manitou’s strong hand, or simply “five fingers”.   The rapids are created by five rocky “fingers”, which funnel the Little French into the Lower French River. The smooth rock shoreline, sculpted by ice and water, offer numerous excellent vantage points to view the rapids.
Five Finger Rapids is accessible by boat or by hiking the 9 km long Papase trail (one way). The trail rewards hikers with frequent wildlife sightings. It begins near the community of Dokis First Nation, located 16 km southwest of Lake Nipissing on the clean fresh waters of the French River.
The trail is geared to moderate to extreme hikers and pre-planning is required.  Join a guided tour from Dokis First Nation to learn about the legends of this landscape. For information on hiking or arranging a water taxi:

Species at Risk in the Spotlight


Pondering Pics

Migizi or the bald eagle can be spotted throughout the French River.   In early spring, bald eagles seek out areas like Five-fingered Rapids, since the open water provides opportunities to find fish.

In the early 1970’s, bald eagles were an endangered species in Ontario.  Their status has improved significantly and since 2009, are identified as a species of special concern.

Please report a species at risk. 

Plan Your visit

Explore the amazing place with help from local businesses.

For more information contact:

Camp Petawachuan


Phone: 705 491-1931