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Trip Planning » Maple Lake » 3/27/2022 9:50 am

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Headed to Maple Lake when the park opens.
From looking at the PCI, trip reports & videos, it seems like a LOT of people choose the island site at the far south of the lake. (Site #4 in the PCI).
I'm wondering if anyone has been to the island site in the lake's northern part. (Site #9 in the PCI numbering system).
I'll be base camping on Maple for several days -- doing day trips from there.
Being spring, I'm hoping to find some creek & bog exploring... water levels higher to get further, bugs not so bad... and nibbling moose.
from the maps, it looks like maybe:
--narrow part connecting small northern part of lake to larger section.
--- east at "Adam's Bog"
--- the south-east corner (on Jeff's "old" map, it says "Maple Lakes" over top of this area).
---and possibly the south-west corner.

...anyone had any fun creek wandering in the area?



...next lake over at Ratrap & Dahinda it looks like there is lots to explore.

Thanks...


(BTW, very different area, but I spent several days last October on Carl Wilson... I had a great creek daytrip... I managed to make it a VERY long way up the creek in the north-west corner. -- almost positive that I was just shy of the logging road when I turned around). ---btw btw... that lake is October was fantastic).
 

Trip Planning » fall season logging noise on Manitou? (what should I expect?) » 9/25/2021 8:46 am

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I'm heading for my fall trip in the first week of October... I've been hoping to make it to Manitou for a few years.

Looking at the forestry map, there is "fall" logging planned in the area right at Manitou -- a large section on the north-west.
Should I be making a spring trip instead?
I've always avoided stayed well away from areas showing planned logging -- but it seems like I keep skipping this part of the park because of what I see on the forestry map.

I would be base-camping on Manitou for 3 nights -- and will be super grumpy if there is a racket.

Thanks,
B

 

Trip Planning » site at YorkRiver/HighFalls » 8/27/2021 10:49 am

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Thanks... sounds like I'll make an alternative plan.

I do remember the set of falls (lots of "jacuzzis") being terrific... but it sounds like the site isn't up to snuff and the area has suffered some day-use abuse... and I really don't like a campsite where a portage trail walks right by or through.

-B

Trip Planning » site at YorkRiver/HighFalls » 8/27/2021 9:03 am

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Has anyone stayed at the site at "High Falls" on the York River?...  far south of the park
(Seriously, too many falls called "high").

I remember visiting the falls years ago (nice & accessible along an easy hiking trail), but have no memory of checking out the site while I was there.

Thanks!

Trip Planning » David Lake » 8/13/2021 11:12 am

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I just stumbled over a post elsewhere that the park has closed the David Lake island site.
I do not know if that is true.

If so, it's sad news -- though every site needs time to recover from heavy use.

I took a family group to David Lake last year heading for that site...  We arrived literally minutes after the wardens shut the site.  A very large tree was a hazard. (The damage from termites/ants was incredible... there was an amazing quantity of fresh sawdust all over the ground).
The wardens did specifically suggest that we were welcome to come and enjoy the island during the day -- which we did.
The tree would no longer be an issue (it would have been removed almost right away)... but it could just be for this very popular site to recover.

Day tripping over to the island was terrific -- but...
The alternate site was terrible.
It is right next to a rocky marsh which I guess has been spreading... the ground around the firepit actually had a bit of bounce to it.

Again... I do not know for sure that the site has been closed long term... just stumbled over it elsewhere in social media.
 

Trip Planning » permits issued per lake » 8/13/2021 10:55 am

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Thanks!
The browser plug in is terrific.

To my surprise, for Kenneth Lake it says "Total Permits 3"... "Available Permits 2"

Thanks for the advice on the one poor site.
This is why I wanted to check on the number of permits... I had thought that it was a universal that there is a spare campsite on each lake.  Jeff's Map shows only three.
(I like to base camp, so I am obsessive about finding my perfect spot to sit by the lake and do essentially nothing).
...I also almost always start trips on a Monday partly to increase my luck.

Welcome Lake (again surprising) shows only "Total Permits 4"... out of six campsites.  This is the situation that I love - 3 permits for 3 sites makes me nervous.
 

Trip Planning » permits issued per lake » 8/13/2021 9:24 am

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Among the many things I don't like about the new Ontario Parks website is that it no longer tells me how many permits are issued for a particular lake.
Does anyone know a source of this information?

...other than asking you folks, of course:

Anyone know how many permits are issued for (1) Kenneth... and (2) Welcome.
(yes, two separate trips - I like to basecamp)

Kenneth has 3 sites, so as a rule of thumb 2 permits -- but I'm not sure.
Welcome has 6 sites, so maybe 5?


 

Equipment » RAV4 canoe rack tilt » 7/12/2017 11:04 am

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I had a downward slope on my Yaris.... but on the RAV4 it's the opposite. The nose is slightly higher.... this seems like a bigger problem.
-or maybe not.

Equipment » RAV4 canoe rack tilt » 7/12/2017 9:43 am

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a family hand-me-down handed me a Toyota RAV4  -SUVish.
I'm having an unexpected problem using the Factory-standard roof rack to carry canoe. No matter where I position the racks and canoe, the canoe ends up with its nose tilted slightly upwards. Not dramatically but it does seem like too much and gas mileage seems horrible (it must be catching wind).
The root of issue seems to be that the car's roof slopes downward  front to rear.

Are there any solutions short of buying a new roof rack system? Failing that, what is the simplest & cheapest (but safe) solution?
Can I prop the rear slightly higher on foam?
Can I but a different cross-beam which would clamp higher on the existing rails?

It seems crazy to replace everything.

Ideas?
I have MEC and Sail stores in town, but thought some non-sales advice would be a good idea.

Thanks!!

Trip Planning » Lorne Lake (Access #1) » 7/10/2017 8:50 am

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what can people tell me about Lorne Lake?
I'm looking for a quiet(er) place for a trip at the end of July.
Relative level of quiet?
Campsites?
Swimming?

Thanks,
B

Trip Planning » Logging & Maintenance Activity (aka noise) near 3-Mile Lake » 7/06/2017 9:45 am

bheard
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I suppose that the same question applies to staying on Manitou since the scheduled logging looks pretty close to there too -- and Jeff's Map shows logging roads between Manitou and Three Mile.

Trip Planning » Recommendations for a 2 night trip? » 7/06/2017 9:43 am

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I'd consider starting at Magnetawan access point and going to Daisy Lake.  I took a small group here last September... because it was their first trip, I was looking for similar things.
You can rent canoes at Kearney (either pickup or have delivererd to access point).
We stayed two nights on Daisy ==looks like you'd like to stay two nights at the same place too.  For a day-trip on our no-moving-camp day, we continued down Daisy lake and into the first part of the Petawawa River -- the water level through that section of river can be very low, but since it was a daytrip we just went a ways and bailed out when it got silly.
To get to Daisy there were 3 portages (I think that's right).   longest was 450m =/-... one was only 50m.
I liked our campsite a lot -- and several of the others looked nice too.

Trip Planning » Logging & Maintenance Activity (aka noise) near 3-Mile Lake » 7/06/2017 9:36 am

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Looking at the Forestry map, there seems to be logging scheduled for 2017 to both the north and east of Three Mile Lake... plus "maintenance" activity also on the east.
Assuming that I am reading the map correctly, is it possible to predict if I should avoid camping at this lake this summer?
I'm working out plans for a trip in the last week of July.

Thanks,
-B

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