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Earth Sciences » Dickson Lake? » 8/18/2022 2:10 pm

Having gone thru Dickson in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and this year again. I have got to say the water quality seems to have done a 99% turnaround compared to the peak algae bloom. It looked as clear as a spring-fed lake, (maybe not whiskey jack, but definitely not tannin stained). 

Trip Planning » Crow River for Labour Day » 8/18/2022 1:52 pm

I did a 3-night solo (labor day weekend) on what I'm assuming is the same loop as yourself (big crow-lavielle-little dickson).

The water levels were low for that year as well (2019). There were a few spots before the 1220M portage that I dragged for maybe 10m, but nothing to write home about.

On a side note, I read your trip report of the failed loop, and you would have nothing to worry about in comparrison. The "poor trip experience" PTSD is a real thing I experienced after being windbound on a big lake. You question routes from a different perspective. 

PS. don't forget your rod on this one. DM me if you want to learn more lol (including choice sites, done this loop 4 times)

Trip Planning » Canoe Lake-Burnt Island-Sunbeam-Tom Thomson-Littledoe Loop » 5/31/2022 9:31 am

I am not familiar with the route, but I do know of a tool that can help. has a fee-based option that allows you to view the topography and subsequently elevation change of every portage. There's a monthly option for $9.99 that might be of use for you on this trip. 

Personally, I used it for planning a trip to Quetico, and was very helpful to plan the total distance and understand the potential difficulty of portages based on elevation change. 

In no way am I affiliated with paddleplanner.

Trip Planning » When are the bugs coming this spring? » 5/04/2022 7:59 am

 "When water temperatures reach 70 degrees F, the eggs will be ready to hatch.",will%20be%20ready%20to%20hatch.

Given the abnormally warm forecast next week, I'm assuming they'll be out by the 18/19th, and definitely swarming by the long weekend. 

I'll be in the park May 6-14: will update upon return. 

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin # 582 » 4/20/2022 12:12 pm

Shayne74 wrote:

Is that your boat in photo or Canoe Algonquin rental? Scott Elite? 

It was a rental from Canoe Algonquin, a 17F Kevlar ultralight I believe. 

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin # 582 » 4/20/2022 10:29 am

RobW wrote:


Winner Winner Brook Trout Dinner! 

Your turn good Sir. 

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin # 582 » 4/20/2022 9:37 am

oldboyscout wrote:

North Tea? Just around the bend heading out from the western portage from Manitou

you are on the correct side of the park, but nope!

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin # 582 » 4/20/2022 7:27 am

I'll give you guys a hint so you don't spend all morning on google/Jeff's maps. The nearest access point is NOT off of highway 60. 

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin # 582 » 4/20/2022 7:24 am

Evan Briden wrote:


Beautiful lake with many islands, but not this one!

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin # 582 » 4/20/2022 7:21 am

RobW wrote:


I can see the resemblance! But from my memory, the shoreline was rockier at Pen island. 

Where In Algonquin? » Where in Algonquin # 582 » 4/19/2022 9:17 am

Thought I would take this opportunity to make my first post... 

A beautiful fall day in 2017.. Where is this island?

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