|- elevation||242 m (794 ft)|
|- elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|Length||475 km (295 mi)|
|Basin||67,300 km2 (26,000 sq mi) |
The Winisk River is a river in northern Ontario, Canada, that starts at Wunnummin Lake and flows east to Winisk Lake. From there it continues in a mostly northly direction to Hudson Bay. The Winisk River is 475 km (295 mi) long and has a drainage basin of 67,300 km2 (26,000 sq mi). The name is from Cree origin meaning "groundhog".
The river is remote and not accessible by road. Only a few isolated communities are along the river: Wunnumin Lake First Nation (on same lake), Webequie (on Winisk Lake) and Peawanuck (about 30 km from its end). It is characterized by strong currents and whitewater while flowing off the Canadian Shield into the Hudson Bay lowlands. Here the river becomes broad.
Winisk River Waterway Provincial Park
|Winisk River Provincial Park|
|Nearest city||Peawanuck, Ontario|
|Area||1,411 km2 (545 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Ontario Parks|
For most of the length of the Winisk River and its banks, from Winisk Lake to the Polar Bear Provincial Park, has been designated a provincial waterway park. It is a non-operating park, meaning no fees are charged and no visitor facilities or services are present. Visitors must be experienced in travelling through isolated wilderness and skilled in handling whitewater.
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