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Trip Planning » Maple Creek Conditions Between Kawa/Erables » 6/22/2022 9:51 pm

Able to weigh in on this route now... taken in late May of this year.
Night 1 - Manitou
Night 2 - Totem
Nights 3 & 4 - Erables

Portages between Upper Kawa and Maple Creek were great for black portages. Lots of old tote roads.
Looks like big wind events have done work to Totem/Wahwahtaysee & One Mile - we stayed at Totem at the 1st site with a ton of deadfall everywhere.

Upper Maple between P535 and P645 is a beautiful sedge meadow. We had good water levels but even in low water you could easily walk your canoe along the fine grained sand bottom. 

Maple Creek between the 645 m and 360 m was variable in conditions - some closed in alder sections with some sedgey sections. The alder sections could be nasty in summer - we had an alright time as it's not as bad as downstream.

There's an old road cut at the end after the 360 m that beavers have damed up and I believe this is the reason for all the nasty conditions downstream. Seriously, this thing was huge... like 10-12 feet water difference as they just used the old road cut embankments to dam up.  Obviously it's not a watertight structure but you could see the seepage and water overflowing the old cut. There is a portage sign indicating this location.

The nastiest part of Maple creek is after the P245, which I believe is further upstream of the location indicated on Jeffs map. I didn't take a GPS location there but wishing I did. This was brutal. We cleared alder where we could put it was a stupid amount of pulling/pushing off the bank and sloshing through beaver muck. I couldn't imagine coming here in the summer. The mosquito's were insane - I looked like a leper even with the Bug Shirt on.

Just wanted to share some recent information on the Maple Creek area upstream of the Tillie portage... In reality the worst part of Maple Creek is downstream of Tillie portage. 


Where In Algonquin? » WIA 589 » 5/13/2022 10:16 am

Kind've looks like Catfish.. NE site, 2nd one after the 80 m portage?


Where In Algonquin? » WIA#574 » 4/06/2022 11:34 am

Looks pretty sedge-y to me...

Is it the Nipissing River, the long stretch between Ramona and Nadine portage?

Trip Planning » Maple Lake » 3/27/2022 10:32 am

Hi bheard. Maple Lake is awesome.

My wife and I stayed on CS#9 on the North island on Maple Lake in 2020. The site is very well used so lots of erosion and basically no firewood.

It is gorgeous IMO though. Has an easy landing looking south and some open rocks to enjoy the view.

I'd say that the island site CS#4 is much better... it was occupied when we arrived to the lake unfortunately.

Cheers, happy moose hunting.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #567 » 3/27/2022 10:24 am

Yessir. Head Lake it was! Awesome site.

We were there in 2018 during a fire ban year. We made extensive use of the falls; swimming across from our site to the falls.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #567 » 3/26/2022 10:21 pm

I'm on a campsite looking west towards a pleasant falls

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #566 » 3/25/2022 8:50 am

Seeing as there's no maple trees.... I'm not going to say Maple Creek....

Is this Fassett Creek? I've never been there but just going off your hints.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #565 » 3/23/2022 9:20 am

Haha! Zemantics, you got it!

Trippythings, this was an awesome site. My wife, dog, and I stayed on it in Oct 2021. We had wolves through our campsite at night, went for a polar bear dip, and explored the beautiful fall colours on the lake!

As a warning to any readers, there's a logging road quite close to this site. They started up around 7 am'ish but stopped working early/mid afternoon so it didn't impact our enjoyment much!

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #565 » 3/22/2022 2:57 pm

Not Booth, Mr. Lakes. Love your blog btw!

Booth is much closer to the lake.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #565 » 3/22/2022 8:57 am

No correct guess so far.

As a hint, this lake's beach site has both an 'east' beach and a 'west' beach and is located on a point.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #565 » 3/21/2022 11:27 am

Home from work rotation, and saw Gormy's request to take over, so I decided to share my recent 'beach site' photo. Cheers to all, really looking forward to ice out!

Where In Algonquin? » WIA 561 » 3/13/2022 9:27 pm

Nice picture. I'm assuming you're at a campsite.

I'm thinking Little Otterslide/Otterslide?

Trip Planning » Maple Creek Conditions Between Kawa/Erables » 1/10/2022 9:50 am

Great point... Seeing as I've benefitted from the wealth of knowledge shared on here the least I can do is report back after our adventures inbetween One Mile and Erables.

Thanks again for the advice Martin. Cheers.

Trip Planning » Maple Creek Conditions Between Kawa/Erables » 1/05/2022 9:13 am

Martin - thanks for the reply and warning. Saw your recent video on Youtube about the Meanest Link - the Big East looks soul crushing...

I'm thinking we might change up Night 2 to One Mile Lake. Or we may find a new area... We like to include some black portaging on our trips to enjoy some solitude and conquer new areas.

Trip Planning » Maple Creek Conditions Between Kawa/Erables » 1/04/2022 9:31 am

Hi all, happy 2022 to all. Hope everyone was able to disconnect during the holidays.

I have a question about a planned late May/early June trip route out of Kiosk (I know the bugs will be bad but we'll be prepared/used to it).

Current plans stands as:
Night 1 - Manitou
Night 2 - Totem
Night 3 - Erables
Night 4 - Maple/Kiosk

My question is regarding the condition of Maple Creek inbetween Kawa and Erables. What is the best lake to stay on - Totem, Wahwahtaysee, or One Mile Lake?  Is Manitou to One Mile Lake too big of a day; or Totem to Erables too big of a day?

We'll be a group of 4 of late twenty year old guys who have a decade of experience tripping in the Park along with other areas.

Please let me know any further questions,
Cheers and thanks in advance.

Board footera

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