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Trip Planning » When are the bugs coming this spring? » 5/16/2022 4:35 pm

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They're here!!!!

Was on Macintosh this weekend and the blackflies were beginning to bite.  I'm sure they'll be at full density this weekend. 

A few mosquitoes around but portages were pretty safe.

Trip Planning » Cedar to Nadine Portage » 4/04/2022 4:43 pm

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Evan Briden wrote:

... I have always found the P365 to the Nadine portage feels like an eternity. ...

And almost nowhere easy to get out and stretch your legs.

Trip Planning » Opeongo-BurntRoot-Hogan-Proulx » 4/04/2022 4:37 pm

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breed85 wrote:

Hi All,
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Trying to also decide on where to camp on each day.

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With Big Trout, Burntroot, Hogan, and La Muir there are lots of good camping options.  Can't go wrong with any of them.

I  wasn't a fan of the portages from Sunfish to Hogan but with a practiced crew your first route should be very doable.  Odds are the winds will be in your favour except maybe crossing Big Trout (but I'd guess you'd be doing  most that  in the morning).

 

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #566 » 3/25/2022 6:11 pm

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Such a pretty creek to paddle, especially the section near the 230 portage (which was optional when I went  through)

Equipment » i need a new pair hiking boot/shoes » 3/25/2022 6:07 pm

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I'll second La Sportiva for light weight (really trail runners).  The traction is solid and stable and if I'm covering long distances, I'd rather not have to lift an extra pound or two with every step.  I've used wildcats and raptors with good success.

My philosophy on waterproof is not  to use it except in winter. They only work if the water never goes over the top and if it does, goretex is pretty slow to dry.


To add, it all comes down to whit fits your feet comfortably.  A good try on with the kind of socks you'd wear is essential.

Trip Planning » Best campsites on Big Trout Lake? » 3/25/2022 6:01 pm

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Don't have any  pictures but I stayed at the southern most Island on the east end of the lake which would be directly on your route.  From what I recall, there was an open area on the site, up a short gravelly  hill.  The site faced east (and the prevailing winds) and I think swimming was fine. It was a long day getting  there and I likely didn't do much other than eat, go for a quick dip to clean off, and go to sleep but it struck me as a solid place to stay.  I was originally looking at the sites on the little peninsula just to the North but this site looked better (from the water  at least).

Another site I paddled by that looked good was the furthest west site of 3 on the island by the narrows from white trout.

Trip Planning » A few questions » 3/24/2022 4:38 pm

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It's still $11 per person per night.

You  can still book by phone and I see absolutely no reason why  they wouldn't let you book the day of. The only thing I'd mention is demand is pretty high these days so chances of getting your preferred route over  a weekend may be slim (even out of Brent).

I'm sure a call to the Algonquin office would confirm it.

Trip Planning » Possibility of Site-specific Reservations and Increased Fees » 2/26/2022 1:14 pm

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So much heat and venom for something we have zero input on.

Instead of making enemies of fellow campers, I'd be more interested in finding ways to get the powers that be to consider the opinions of us niche campers that regularly avoid access lakes.

Equipment » Non-Traditional Portage Pack » 2/21/2022 2:55 pm

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The company has a good rep with ultralight backpackers.

I use a similar pack (though not waterproof) and find the external pockets extremely useful.

Equipment » Camp saw recommendations » 2/18/2022 1:41 pm

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Like uppa, I've settled on silky.  They also have different blades for those who want a faster, rougher cut.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 548 » 2/04/2022 4:54 pm

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North Tea (on the south shore).

Trip Planning » Hopefully Busy Summer » 2/03/2022 4:22 pm

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AlexTamblyn wrote:

I wish I could get this much time off of work, holy smokes. You might see me on the May long weekend on Louisa. Have a great summer!

Joy of being a teacher is summers to explore.  Bad side is except for weekends, I'm limited to bug season.

Trip Planning » Hopefully Busy Summer » 2/01/2022 4:19 pm

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This will be my first summer with my own boat and with all this time at home, I've put in some big plans.

Ice out - A couple nights on Macintosh with buddies I haven't camped with in a while.
May 24 - 3 night loop out  of Rock to Welcome and Louisa
Early July - 4 days tooling around Opeongo followed by a hop  up to Merchant, Hogan, Proulx or Proulx, Lavieille, Dickson.
Late July- TBD but likely starting from Wendigo, Radiant, Hogan, Lavieille, White Partridge, up to the Pet and back to Wendigo.  Another possibility is starting from Travers.
Late Aug - Archay up to Green Leaf or Baron (and if I really want to abuse myself, drop off all non-essentials and do a loop to Clover)
Sept - A long weekend of food and drink on a lake to be determined.

Might also throw in a couple paddles to Toronto Island, Humber, and Credit rivers.
 

Where In Algonquin? » WIA545 » 1/27/2022 2:35 pm

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Makes me think of Big Thunder

Equipment » Icaridin? » 1/18/2022 3:33 pm

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I haven't noticed any ticks in Algonquin (but just because I haven't noticed...).

I've tried a bunch of stuff but in Algonquin June, the only thing I find does the job is a bug shirt.  I've tried permethrin but lately I just go with long clothes.  One of the advantages of canoeing over backpacking is except for lengthy portages, you're constantly surrounded by water to help cool you down.

Trip Planning » 12-night loop from Canisbay - route options. » 1/18/2022 3:27 pm

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I'm not a Kayak camper but I'd take the Crow river over Opeongo and the Bonfield-Dickson.  Either way, 12 nights sound good so there's no wrong answer.

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