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Trip Planning » Best Five Day Route » 2/20/2020 3:11 pm

Hi Drew … have you done any loops out of Opeongo put in ?  A lot of 5 day routes our of that lake .. 

Trip Planning » Northern Loop Advice » 2/11/2020 3:21 pm

Gotta say I like the 4 REST days … smart … 

Trip Planning » series of small lakes near hwy 60 » 2/11/2020 3:18 pm

Hi Shayne … dare I ask if you caught any fish ( … I dont need to know which lakes) 


Trip Planning » series of small lakes near hwy 60 » 2/03/2020 1:28 pm

Hi Bo … !

Yeah I'm guessing its a really tough go along that route.  If nobody here is posting about it then its likely even worse than the other unmaintained portages … 

Trip Planning » newbie questions » 2/03/2020 1:25 pm

I have both a pack and a large barrel … I prefer the pack because its a bit easier on portages and easier to stuff places if you need to.  It is possible that food keeps a bit better in the barrel though … not sure.  

One big difference I found between hiking trips and canoe is that you need to build in a day or two for windboud days with the canoe …food for thought,

Trip Planning » Early June trip » 1/08/2020 2:24 pm

Also you have two young sons so you can load them up with stuff on portages !  One advantage of your trip is that it has a lot of river travel so you avoid potential winddbound days.  We got stuck on Big Crow for 1.5 days one time of a 4.5 day trip …  

some nice fishing spots there … if you go in june the rivers will be a great spot to try … not so much in the fall … 

Equipment » Fire Gloves » 1/06/2020 2:14 pm

I usually just burn my hands . .then wonder why I never bring gloves … 

Trip Planning » Early June trip » 1/06/2020 2:11 pm

I've done the first week of june and hit peak blackfly and really bad mosquitoes (and no see ums and horse flies as well)  .. .they are relentless so fully agree with the cautions in the posts above.  But its also worth stating that the fishing and solitude is unsurpassed in early June.  We went from Opeongo through to lavielle/Dickson and back to Opeongo one trip and only saw 3 other groups (from a distance) and had great fishing all the way.  Major bonus is that we had our pick of sites on all the lakes we went on.   I'd do it again for sure .. .we just wear bug hats with sleeves that go to the wrist .. .spray our hats and clothes a few times a day with deep woods off and honestly just put up with it.  The odd time if there's a breeze you get a break, out on the lake you get a break and when the temperature drops down after dark you get a break.  Sometimes you get an unexpected break …   when waiting for the water taxi on Opeongo at the end of the Dickson portage we rested in the sun for a couple of hours and never saw a fly.  The portage was loaded with mosquitoes … Go figure.  

But if you are not really into fishing then the early june is just not worth it.  Fall would be better.  My 2 cents.    

Equipment » Any Outdoor/Camping Christmas Gifts? » 1/03/2020 1:57 pm

I almost forgot . .got an underwater goPro as well …  

Catch-all Discussions » places at highway 60 » 1/03/2020 1:46 pm

It sounds a bit touristy but the lookoff at the visitors centres is nice at certain times of the year but I find its getting a bit grown up around there.  

Fishing » Using a Fish Finder in a Canoe » 1/03/2020 1:43 pm

I remember Steve Molson used to use one with his kayak all the time but cant recall what his setup was.  But yeah gotta be something that attaches to the bottom of the canoe.  

There's no stopping you now Steve … 

Equipment » Any Outdoor/Camping Christmas Gifts? » 1/03/2020 1:41 pm

Not sure if this qualifies but I got a cookbook … a few campfire meals in there … 

Trip Planning » series of small lakes near hwy 60 » 1/03/2020 1:33 pm

I've asked this a  few years back but with so many new members I'd like to ask again.  

There's a series of small lakes near hwy 60 starting on the west side of the park .. look for Park L, Victory L, Snow, Greeenwood, shawandasee, fen, hilly, small, bluebell, makado, benna, norman.  Has anyone ever ventured into these lakes ?  Feel free to send me a PM is you would rather not post here.  

Those are unmaintained portages so I'm betting its tough going . .and some are long.  Also low water levels there at times.  And not a lot of campsite choices.  But I do like the road less travelled .. .. 

any info helps .. .thanks


Wildlife » sand hill cranes spotted » 8/28/2019 8:28 am

I've never seen them before ... now I'll know what they are if I do. 

Trip Planning » Kayak setup » 8/22/2019 12:55 pm

I have never done more than a few overnight kayak trips and they were with a double seater kayak and another with lots of storage.  I would be curious to see how the kayak trippers here do their setup for a trip that is a couple of days plus using a single seat kayak.  I have a cheapo kayak (Pelican brand) and it has a storage area behind the seat that is open with a few bungees and another area in front that is flat open with more bungees.  I figure I could get most of my stuff in those storage areas but wonder a bit about stability ... like a canoe there is likely a lot you can do with placement of gear to make the ride much better.  Any pics of a loaded kayak would help if you have them.  Thanks


Fishing » Dispatching Fish » 8/12/2019 1:25 pm

Same as MartinG ... Quick snap behind the neck for trout ... might need the help of a branch or tree if its really big.  Very quick.  Bass or thicker fish not so easy ... but I have used my paddle and it worked fine.

I find with stringers the fish can suffer a while before dying ... and turtles love fish on stringers ...  

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