History of Tertiary Highway 801:
Tertiary Highway 801 was a resource access road serving the eastern side of Lake Nipigon in the Thunder Bay District. The highway was assumed by the Department of Highways on October 24, 1963. The highway began at Highway 11 west of Jellicoe and ran 14 km northerly to the Sturgeon River Mine, located on the Namewaminikan River. The road leading out to the mine was later extended northerly to the community of Auden, on the Canadian National Railway. The Auden Road was not, however, assumed as part of the provincial highway. In fact, Highway 801 never went any further north than the bailey bridge over the Namewaminikan River. The length of the highway has not changed significantly since its initial designation. The highway is gravel-surfaced for its entire length, and until 2010, was jointly maintained by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and the forestry companies who use Highway 801 and the Auden Road extension. During 2010, the MTO divested itself of Highway 801. On September 1, 2010, jurisdiction over Highway 801 was transferred from MTO to the Ministry of Natural Resources. Accordingly, Highway 801 is now a forest access road and no longer a numbered provincial highway. Signs posted recently along Highway 11 indicate the former highway's new name is "Road 801".