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For another river further northwest in Thunder Bay District with the same name that flows into Lake Nipigon, see Whitesand River (Lake Nipigon).
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Whitesand River
Country Canada
Province Ontario
Region Northwestern Ontario
District Thunder Bay
Part Unorganized Part
Physical characteristics
Main source North Whitesand Lake
512 m (1,680 ft)
River mouth Whitesand Lake
284 m (932 ft)
Length 22 km (14 mi)
Basin features
River system Hewitson River
  • Left:
    Ross Creek

The Whitesand River is a river in the Unorganized Part of Thunder Bay District in Northwestern Ontario, Canada, part of the Hewitson River system.


The river begins at North Whitesand Lake at an elevation of 512 metres (1,680 ft). The lake travels west, then turns south near the site of a mine. The Whitesand River then travels downstream via a series of lakes, including Cleaver Lake, Zenith Lake, Demijohn Lake, Gumboot Lake, Longcanoe Lake and Hornblende Lake. It then takes in its left tributary Ross Creek at Lyne Lake at 48°53′17″N 87°21′14″W / 48.88806°N 87.35389°W / 48.88806; -87.35389 at an elevation of 295 metres (968 ft), and reaches its mouth at Whitesand Lake at an elevation of 284 metres (932 ft) just north of Ontario Highway 17. The mouth is about 8 kilometres (5 mi) east northeast of the community of Rossport and 10 kilometres (6 mi) northwest of the community of Schreiber. The Whitesand River's waters flow from Whitesand Lake via the Hewitson River over the Rainbow Falls into Lake Superior.


An access road to the mine runs from Highway 17 along the river. A campground of Rainbow Falls Provincial Park is on the south side of Whitesand Lake opposite the mouth of the Whitesand River.

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