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6/23/2022 12:03 pm  #1


Which river would you take from Cedar to get to Luckless Lake?

The Petawawa or the Nipissing River to Luckless Lake from Cedar? Travel will be in a 15 foot solo canoe. A double blade/kayak paddle can be used. Expect to single carry the portages. I'll be travelling alone.

Up the Petawawa River, walk the 2345m unicorn hill portage, which I 've done a few times before, or, go up the Nipissing River to the 2960m portage into Luckless? The total portage distances are almost the same to Luckless no matter which river is taken. 

I wonder if the current on the Nipissing will be strong going upstream? I've only come down this section of the river... never went up the Nipissing from Cedar lake. Been up the Petawawa from Cedar to Catfish a few times.

Any suggestions, advice? 

Thanks in advance, Dwight

Last edited by Dwight (6/23/2022 12:52 pm)

 

6/24/2022 6:07 am  #2


Re: Which river would you take from Cedar to get to Luckless Lake?

Personally I would go up the Nipissing, I have only ever been down stream on that section but if I had the choice I would go that direction. Up the Petawawa can be a pretty long day with tough portages. The Nip I feel like you would spend most of your day paddling with a big portage at the end. I have never done the portage from the Nip to Luckless though. Just my personal preference.


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6/24/2022 9:47 am  #3


Re: Which river would you take from Cedar to get to Luckless Lake?

I'd take the Nipissing too. Water is much higher than normal everywhere this year which will make it a much more pleasant paddle. Good fishing, lots of moose and a nice pleasant paddle up a secluded meandering river. I haven't been to Luckless from either direction so I can't speak on the portage. 

 

6/24/2022 1:30 pm  #4


Re: Which river would you take from Cedar to get to Luckless Lake?

On the Luckless to Nipissing portage - it's been a few years since I did it, but other than the length I don't remember anything difficult about it. A fair chunk of the portage follows an old logging road.

Last edited by Thamesman (6/24/2022 1:31 pm)

 

6/24/2022 6:45 pm  #5


Re: Which river would you take from Cedar to get to Luckless Lake?

The Luckless portage from the Nip is a wide trail with a long steady climb. No particularly steep parts but up hill for the whole 3k. It can get tedious. I would go up the Pet and down the Nip. Get the climb over on your first morning. After Unicorn hill it's all relaxing downhill and downstream. But there is no wrong choice.

 

6/24/2022 7:37 pm  #6


Re: Which river would you take from Cedar to get to Luckless Lake?

I agree with Martin.

 

Yesterday 6:44 am  #7


Re: Which river would you take from Cedar to get to Luckless Lake?

Up the Pet and down the Nip. If single carrying it takes the same amount of time either way from the access point to Catfish Lake (approx 3.5 hours). I have been into catfish over 20 times in the last few years by going up the Pet.
The Luckless portage into the Nip is crazy easy. Most of it is an old logging road without any hills.

 

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