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Where In Algonquin? » WiA 496 » 7/14/2021 9:31 am

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That trip was my introduction to spring fishing in Algonquin. It was a blizzard when we set out from Rock Lake. The guys I was following, who had been doing the same trip for years, actually ended up on the wrong side of the islands on Rock. Normally we would have headed to the south end of Pen to camp, but with the weather we ended up camping at that first site on Pen. At least at that time it had a well sheltered spot for the fire pit, which was really nice given the weather that week. 

This picture was the morning after when guys were drying stuff out in the sun. 
 

Where In Algonquin? » WiA 496 » 7/13/2021 10:55 pm

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Well that was quick, ScratchyPants got it. 

Where In Algonquin? » WiA 495 » 7/13/2021 1:29 pm

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Dang,  was not expecting to get that one right. Alright, let me see what I can find to post. 

Catch-all Discussions » p.c. has hit algonquin park » 6/10/2021 11:30 am

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Yes this is a good change.

Trip Planning » Dickson Lake » 5/07/2021 8:05 am

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Just a reminder on some of biology/ecology around blue-green algae:

- Blue-green algae is naturally occurring but doesn't normally cause problems
- The problem comes when there is a large enough algae bloom to create dangerous levels of toxins
- Algae blooms themselves can occur naturally and in the case of both Dickson and Ryan this appears to be the case
- So far there is no meaningful way to predict when a bloom will occur, the bloom in Dickson was a shock to everyone
- Blooms are believed to be happening more often, and in places like Dickson with no human activity (like agriculture fertilizer run off) to explain the occurrence
- There is no water treatment, at least no portable water treatment, to filter out or neutralize the toxin
- The toxin is fatal and even on a lake as large as Lake Nippissing, a local algae bloom can create enough toxin to kill pet dogs who drink from the lake while being walked by their owners. 

So given the lack of any way to predict a blue-green algae bloom and the fact that if the toxin is ingested there is a high probability of death, there probably isn't any better approach than to test annually and wait until there are no repeat blooms for at least a few years before declaring the lake safe to camp on. 
 

Where In Algonquin? » Where in the Gonq #475 » 5/04/2021 7:51 am

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Looks like the upper end of the first section of the portage from Pen to Welcome along the Galipo River. 

Trip Planning » booking camp sites and selling them off at a profit » 4/29/2021 4:52 pm

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Peek wrote:

RobW wrote:

Exactly. The 100% reservation only process now excludes a huge # of people who don't have credit cards or a supportive friend or relative who can pay for them. That is in addition to all of the other issues with sites being fully booked 5 months ahead. 
 

Although it creates a small barrier (adds processing time to send manual payment), it does not exclude those without a CC. In fact, the first thing you hear before a CAMIS rep answers the phone is an automated message stating if you don't have a CC, let the agent know at the beginning of a call.

Don't get me wrong, not a fan of the reservation only option (for a variety of reasons) but it does not exclude those without a CC.

I hadn't been aware of that work around. How well do you think it works in real life even in a normal year? While the demand is even higher this year than normal, it was still normal for folks to be getting online before 7am to try and book sites before. 
 

Trip Planning » booking camp sites and selling them off at a profit » 4/29/2021 11:43 am

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scoutergriz wrote:

TripperMike wrote:

I've always found the option to reserve but not be the permit holder online a bit odd.  Maybe they should get rid of that option?  Aside from booking for an organized youth group or kids under 18, why would you ever need to book a permit and not be the primary holder? (excluding the obvious answer - to sell the reservation).
 

that's another thing I did, before my daughter got a credit card, I'd make her reservations for her so they could charge my card. It's the only viable option when booking by phone or online- my name on the reservation, hers on the permit...
 

Exactly. The 100% reservation only process now excludes a huge # of people who don't have credit cards or a supportive friend or relative who can pay for them. That is in addition to all of the other issues with sites being fully booked 5 months ahead. 
 

Trip Planning » booking camp sites and selling them off at a profit » 4/28/2021 7:06 pm

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Jdbonney wrote:

RobW wrote:

Jdbonney wrote:

There is no simple solution that will please everyone.

I would say that reservations made online can’t be transferred. That eliminates the bot/reseller bookings and that seems to be the current scare.

I’m reading the latest paddling magazine right now and one of the articles is about the crazy growth in paddling over the last 12 months. Of course they are stating that it will continue, but really who knows. People have snapped up gear in an unheard of fashion. We may see this kind of demand continue, but I really doubt it. Maybe a few more seasons but I think we’ll return a lot closer to the mean than to the peak. And with that, everyone will forget about the reservation system again.

So how would you handle summer camps (when they can run again) where the Camp Director books permits for the trips long before the tripping staff have been hired and then needs to assign the permit to the tripping staff who will be on the actual trip?
 

 
The camp directors assistant calls and makes the reservation over the phone.

Hmm - I had missed the "over the phone" line. Might be some merit in this one.

I can still think of issues such as security of credit card payments over the phone not being nearly as safe as an online payment. (Yeah that sounds weird, but no human is involved in the online payment process who could write down the credit card details.)

Trip Planning » booking camp sites and selling them off at a profit » 4/28/2021 9:07 am

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BB wrote:

Maybe what they should do is make the booking person list a secondary permit holder or Alternate incase they have to back out.  It would naturally have to be someone going on the trip and remove the need to make a "transfer".

This is by far one of the better ideas. It is still not perfect as the person booking that particular trip doesn't necessarily know who exactly will be on the trip. Have you ever tried to book a buddies trip? Started with your regulars, most say 'for sure' they will be there again, then life happens and the roster changes repeatedly up to the week before when the most dedicated person - the one who booked the permit in the first place - has that unexpected event happen - health, family, work, whatever - and can't make it but now there are 5 other people who are committed and packed and can't change their vacation days on that short notice?

Something needs to be done about scalpers, but so far the suggested cures seem to be almost as bad as the problem. 

Trip Planning » booking camp sites and selling them off at a profit » 4/28/2021 9:03 am

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Jdbonney wrote:

There is no simple solution that will please everyone.

I would say that reservations made online can’t be transferred. That eliminates the bot/reseller bookings and that seems to be the current scare.

I’m reading the latest paddling magazine right now and one of the articles is about the crazy growth in paddling over the last 12 months. Of course they are stating that it will continue, but really who knows. People have snapped up gear in an unheard of fashion. We may see this kind of demand continue, but I really doubt it. Maybe a few more seasons but I think we’ll return a lot closer to the mean than to the peak. And with that, everyone will forget about the reservation system again.

So how would you handle summer camps (when they can run again) where the Camp Director books permits for the trips long before the tripping staff have been hired and then needs to assign the permit to the tripping staff who will be on the actual trip?
 

Trip Planning » booking camp sites and selling them off at a profit » 4/28/2021 7:32 am

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Evan Briden wrote:

could you not just change the permit holder name on the reservation? 

That is exactly what it means to transfer a reservation. 
 

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #471 » 4/26/2021 6:49 pm

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The campsite on Tattler looking  back towards Booth?
 

Where In Algonquin? » WIA #471 » 4/26/2021 2:29 pm

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Crotch end of the portage from Crotch to Shirley
 

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