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About Sandy Falls on Mattagami

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There isn't much of a falls left at this site. It has been extensively reconfigured to generate hydroelectricity, with the station being rated at 5.5 MW. There is a picturesque rapids section downstream of the water level control dam. It is almost 100 m wide and almost the same in length.

During high flows, a lot of water moves through this site, making for impressive viewing, even if it isn't much of a falls. Water levels drop a lot in summer.

This site can be accessed from the south or the north. Access from the south is quicker. At the end of Sandy Falls Rd, visitors turn right, and then left. Unfortunately, fencing around the hydroelectric plant makes for only a mediocre view.

Access from the north takes longer but is more rewarding. About 2 km along Lefevbre Rd, the road bends to the right. I've been advised that visitors can park here and look for a double-track trail on the left. The trail is only about 250 m long and leads to the rapids, below the dam.

Click the link to see Andrew Warren's awesome aerial panorama of the entire site.

Some Key Facts
Region Northeast
County Cochrane
Near Timmins
Watercourse Mattagami River
Watershed / % Lakes 4 / 16%
Ownership Crown Land
Landscape Semi-Wilderness
Size Small
Type Rapids
Modification Water Level Control Dam, Hydroelectric Plant
Access Moderate
Top / Bottom Moderate / Moderate
Trail conditions Dirt, wet sections
Hiking Time 5 min
Coordinates 48.5118,-81.4432
Site ID WOO.COC.024
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This page last updated on April 20, 2024. Earlier versions can be examined on Archive.org, dating back to 2003.