Over thousands of years, the Makobe River has cut a series of narrow canyons through Shield bedrock as it flows northward from the height-of-land to the town of Elk Lake. Highlights include numerous small waterfalls and scenic ravines. During summer, canoeing consists mainly of flatwater with some moving water, lining and numerous portages. In the high water levels of spring, many of the numerous rapids may be run as Class I and II by skilled whitewater paddlers. There are no visitor facilities. Only experienced backcountry travellers should attempt this river. Canoeists should be skilled and equipped to meet the demands of varying water and weather conditions. Topographic maps for navigation are essential.