History of The "Nepigon"
(the spelling, 'Nepigon' was popularized in print till the '50's)
The world record Brook Trout was caught by Dr. W. J. Cook on July 21, 1915 in the Nipigon River and weighed 14.5 pounds (6.58 kg.) This monster measured 31 inches long and 23 inches in girth. (11 inch depth). It was caught at Rabbit Rapids... (read more)
On the Nipigon River, over-fishing in the 1800s and the creation of dams from the 1920s to the 1950s, lead to habitat destruction and fluctuating water. Consequently, from the 1960s to the 1980s, brook trout on the river became increasingly rare. (read more)
Video of the famous Nipigon River...Then and Now.
Since the 1840s anglers from all over the world have traveled to the mighty Nipigon River in search of the famed brook trout. Although over fishing and habitat destruction caused by dams nearly eliminated the brook trout of this river, thanks to live release and better water management, a recovery of this legendary brook trout fishery is underway. Take a journey to see how time has changed this legendary river.
Map of the "Nepigon" River prior to any dam construction.
The original, poster sized map is housed in the Canadian National Archives in Ottawa and was originally created for the Canadian National Railway when it was surveying the area (circa 1885). It shows the names, portages, camp sites and famous rapids of the "Nepigon" in the early 1900's. For interest and creativity, I "aged" the map with a burnt edge effect.