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Trip Planning » Where are you this Labour Day? » 9/03/2019 1:51 pm

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solos wrote:

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Good news is that our destination lake still has 7/7 sites available. I'll be on Craig.

 
Came back from Craig and it was an excellent trip. My 22 month old loved the trip, loved visiting the beach on the east side of the lake, and said she wants to sleep in the tent again. We were lucky enough to get the small island on the west end and it’s beautiful, big rock outcropping, raised up with a perfect view down the lake and flat on top. Although the lake had zero reservations as of Thursday, on Saturday morning we were the fourth group to head into that lake. I think we saw the fifth group heading in as we were trying to find access 1b. The roads were in excellent condition, I would feel comfortable driving a small car on them. It was a short paddle and 3 short portages to get it. So I can’t figure it out. The wife summed up my thoughts exactly: it’s easy to drive to, a short easy paddle in, big beautiful lake, extensive beach, it has everything you want from the park, why isn’t it more popular?

I was wondering the same, we stayed on Nahma and it was a beautiful little lake. Not the greatest campsites, but still not the worst I have seen by far.
 

Equipment » Communicating Home When in the Back Country » 8/29/2019 6:05 am

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I love my in reach mini, I've been using it a little over a year now and it's never let me down.

Trip Planning » How heavy do you load your packs? » 8/29/2019 6:00 am

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My MEC slogg 115 usually comes in close to 55-60 pounds, give or take. I should probably leave a few things at home and consider going lighter on a few other things, but it's working for me. It's a chore to single carry my glass canoe and this bag for any considerable distance, but maybe that's just my limitation.

Wildlife » sand hill cranes spotted » 8/28/2019 10:09 am

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Ribeye of the sky I've heard them called. I know we can't hunt them in Ontario, but I'd love to see the population grow to a point where this can happen. 

Trip Planning » Kayak setup » 8/22/2019 2:24 pm

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Hey Paul, I have a 10' cheapo pelican canoe from Canadian tire that I did a few solo trips with a few years back. Stability was a big issue for me, I never felt comfortable paddling with it loaded and ended up buying a canoe because of this. I'm not saying you won't find a better way to pack it than I did, and it's likely that your storage place behind the cockpit is designed a little better than mine (mine has an oval opening compartment that has a lid held down by bungees.) I removed the lid and got my mec slogg 115 pack strapped to the deck behind me and anything else I had I tried to stuff into the nose by my feet, it was not a good setup, but still got me out there. I'll see if I can find a picture of it when I get home.

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Trip Planning » Park Lake, Victory Lake and Snow Lake » 7/12/2019 6:03 am

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I was thinking the same thing, park the truck at AO and go from there, should be less than a couple hours to Park Lake? We will be hitting the road in a few hours, I hope, have to get a few work things wrapped up first.

Thanks for the tip about the portage, we'll keep our eyes open for it.

Trip Planning » Park Lake, Victory Lake and Snow Lake » 7/11/2019 10:25 am

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Thanks Shayne, I wasn't sure which way to go with this, but I think we will make an attempt for the Victory Lake site tomorrow.

Trip Planning » Park Lake, Victory Lake and Snow Lake » 7/10/2019 1:25 pm

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Thanks tentster, this information helps.

I wouldn't expect the crown land sites on Jeffs Map to be maintained, but I thought these would be especially obvious and well used given their proximity to hwy 60.

The only time I haven't been able to locate crown site marked on Jeff's map was up in Temagami, but that was expected. Other than that they have been pretty much bang on.

Sounds like a change of plans may be in order, I am open to suggestions if anyone has any?

Trip Planning » Park Lake, Victory Lake and Snow Lake » 7/10/2019 12:31 pm

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Hey folks, trying to plan a last minute 2 night getaway for the weekend and saw these lakes on the map.

Can anyone tell me how busy we should expect these lakes to be this coming weekend, or anytime for that matter?

Any good (open space, bugs!) campsites we should aim for?

I think these lakes hold smallmouth bass, any reports on how the fishing is?

Any information at all would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Fishing » Temagami » 3/14/2019 10:40 am

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Hi Jeff, for starters, thank you for the maps, excellent work. Not sure how I would have gotten into canoe tripping without them.

For me, it was Burbot (Lingcod), the poor mans Lobster. Also, Crappie, another species people probably aren't screaming to know about.

As far as stocked lakes, I would agree that it doesn't indicate good fishing. I'm just a nerd who likes as much info as possible as well as liking the idea of catching native trout, not that I wouldn't fish a stocked lake as I used to volunteer at my local trout hatchery. My experience is that native fish are more elusive, thus more challenging to catch (I could be dead wrong about this).

IMO Jeff's Map is a superior canoe tripping map to the one I referenced above, and I look forward to getting my hands on an unlostify map.
 

Fishing » Temagami » 3/08/2019 1:57 pm

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There could be better ones out there, but I found this one a couple months in an Atmosphere store. Shows species and what is stocked where. Not sure about accuracy or anything else and I don't own this one. I bought the Algonquin version as a back up to my Jeffs map while I wait for the Unlostify version to come out. I do like how it shows species, stocked lakes and includes species Jeffs map doesn't.

https://www.backroadmapbooks.com/backroad-mapbooks/ontario-backroad-maps/northeastern-ontario-backcountry-maps

 

Trip Planning » Nipissing - Big Bob to Grass lake » 2/21/2019 9:14 am

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Hey 71,

I did that stretch in October 2017, alders where not an issue at that time, and there were not as many pullovers as I expected either. Just lots of twists and turns.

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #236 » 10/30/2018 10:03 am

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Misty to Muslim?

Trip Planning » Nipissing River Loop in two nights » 5/12/2018 1:59 pm

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You're welcome! I've got David Lake booked for the upcoming long weekend and my partner just backed out, so I guess I'm going solo. Maybe I'll drop into Basecamp and say hello when I grab my permit. Happy paddling!

​PS before I had my own canoe I rented from Canoe Algonquin (sorry, lol), and a guy from Algonquin Basecamp helped me out with an almost flat tire at the Rain Lake access back in 2015. Big thanks if that was you.

I've got David booked for August. I've seen some pictures online of the island site, but if you happen to take some more feel free to share them with me http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png

​I will definitely share some pics. I recently purchased a Nikon D3400, my first real camera, so I'll be playing with that a lot hopefully.
 

Trip Planning » Nipissing River Loop in two nights » 5/11/2018 8:47 pm

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You're welcome! I've got David Lake booked for the upcoming long weekend and my partner just backed out, so I guess I'm going solo. Maybe I'll drop into Basecamp and say hello when I grab my permit. Happy paddling!

​PS before I had my own canoe I rented from Canoe Algonquin (sorry, lol), and a guy from Algonquin Basecamp helped me out with an almost flat tire at the Rain Lake access back in 2015. Big thanks if that was you.

Trip Planning » Nipissing River Loop in two nights » 5/10/2018 9:55 pm

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I had a quick look at my journal from this trip, and I noted that I didn't think much of any of the campsites on that stretch of the nip, besides Grassy Lake (had lunch there) was good and Loontail Junction looked okay but didn't really check it out much because we were pushing for Rosebary and weren't sure how long it was going to take. One of the campsites on a short portage was closed, don't remember which one exactly. I also noted that out travel time was about 6hrs 15mins, so I was wrong when I said it took us 5 hours.

​The campsite we stayed at is literally right on the portage trail. There are rapids close by that are fairly loud, but I don't mind this for sleeping or fishing (although the season was already over at that point.) Pretty good fire pit, lots of wood around the site. It worked for us, but I wouldn't say I recommend it. 

​I'm sure I've heard someone on here say that you can start, unofficially, at wesk koko, which would make Grassy Lake doable on the first day. Could've been Peek, probably, he's been everywhere! It was a good little, challenging for us, loop. 

Trip Planning » Nipissing River Loop in two nights » 5/10/2018 7:19 pm

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I did this exact loop last October in 3 days 2 nights. We camped at the 200m portage on the nip, I wouldn't recommend it as we had a couple people passing through as we cooked breakfast. They told us we were in for a long day and even told us we should consider turning around and paddling back upstream because the alders would be so bad past the point we were at. They were hiking and were surprised we had a permit as they thought the backcountry was closed to camping and didn't really wanna talk about where they came from or what they were doing. The nip was not bad at all, only a couple pullovers and the alders didn't bother us. The worst stretch was Latour creek to the 1300m portage into Floating Heart, not much water and really tight in spots and no bottom to get out and pull/push the canoe, but manageable for sure. If I remember correctly it took us around 5 hours to get from the 200m portage site to Rosebary, and we are by no means professional paddlers.

​Hope this helps, I know it didn't answer your question about time from Big Bob to Rosebary.

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