Kagawong, ON

Lat: 45° 54.605   Long: 082° 15.526

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Village
  • Monitors VHF: 68
  • Charts: CHS 2257
  • Customs: No
  • Coast Guard
  • Transient Docking
  • Anchorage
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Potable Water
  • Pump Out
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Repair Services
  • Provisions
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital/Clinic
  • Banks/ATM
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Shopping
  • Internet
  • Amenities
  Important Numbers

Area Code705
Police(888) 310-1122


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Kagawong is a village on the Manitoulin shore of the North Channel. The village is situated at the head of Mudge Bay, directly south of Clapperton Island. It is a picturesque small northern Ontario village, offering basic amenities for a visiting sailor. It takes its name from the Ojibwe language meaning "where mists rise from falling waters" - a direct reference to nearby Bridal Veil Falls.

The Anishinaabe people were the original inhabitants of Manitoulin Island. However, in what became known as the Beaver Wars, the Iroquois drove the Annishinaabe from the island in the first half of the 1600's. The island remained uninhabited for the next 150 years.

Following the War of 1812, the Anisinaabe returned and by the 1860's, the British government had begum to open the island to settlement. Kagawong is a pretty, off-the-beaten-path harbour to visit and enjoy.


The approach to Kagawong is clear and straightforward. Mudge Bay has a wide opening, running directly south from Clapperton Channel. Note the charted McInnes Shoal that lies right in the centre of the bay mouth. There is a Fl WHITE light on Gooseberry Island which lies on the east side of the entrance. to the bay. Kagawong lies right at the head of the bay. The marina is operated by the municipality.

When you enter, there is an "L" shaped basin on your starboard. The commercial government dock will be on your portside. Tucked inside the "L" is the marina


Kagawong Municipal Marina   (705) 282-8800  VHF 68
There are 38 slips with about 2 dozen set aside for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (gasoline only) and a pumpout station. Water and power are available. In the marina building, there are washrooms, showers and laundry facilites.

There is room to anchor outside the harbour and there is a dinghy dock. Keep in mind that the anchorage is open to winds on an arc from the northwest to the northeast.


Berry Boats provides basic repair and maintenance services. The have a well-stocked chandlery as well.

Note: Diesel fuel can be purchased at the local service station and brought back down to the marina.

Hunt's General Store carries basic provisions.

There is no bank or ATM in Kagawong


There are no medical facilities or pharmacy in Kagawong.


Main Street Cafe is located directly across from Bridal Veil Falls, about .6 mi/1 km from the marina. It is a very popular place for light meals.


Kagawong takes its name from the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls. It is an easy 15 - 20 minute walk from the marina. At the falls, you can ascend the staircase to the top of the falls (about 35 ft/11 m) or enjoy a cooling dip in the pool below. Don't miss Manitoulin Chocalate Works! Enjoy a fresh-ground coffee or apple cider while immersed in the intoxicating aromas of decadent artisan chocolates. Spend some time in Edwards Studio and enjoy some outstanding paintings of the spectacular North Channel landscape. Pause for a moments silent reflection in the Sailors' Church - St. John the Evangelist. Note the pulpit. It is the prow of the Rhu, a boat that was lost with a family of four in 1965 near Kagawong.

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