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4/13/2023 8:19 pm  #1

Rock to Louisa Portage- Cartable?

I've been on this portage a couple of times, and I remember it being very flat and straight, but do you think it's flat and straight enough for a cart?


4/14/2023 6:52 am  #2

Re: Rock to Louisa Portage- Cartable?

Rough ground with protruding rocks and narrow bridges would be an obstacle to using a cart on that route.  On our last trip from Rock Lake there were two young people trying to get kayaks from Rock to Louisa using wheels attached to the stern of the kayak.    After passing them we never saw them again so I don't know if they made it all the way.


4/14/2023 7:14 am  #3

Re: Rock to Louisa Portage- Cartable?

You would have to have a cart with 26" Fat bike tires (26*4.0). It may still even up being more difficult than double carrying. There are some skinny boardwalks, bouldery, and depending on the time of the year, some pretty mucky sections. 

Are you going to Louisa as a destination lake? 


4/14/2023 9:18 am  #4

Re: Rock to Louisa Portage- Cartable?

It's an easy portage relatively and there are some flat sections, but like others have mentioned there's plenty of terrain that I would not want to attempt with a cart.

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4/14/2023 11:55 am  #5

Re: Rock to Louisa Portage- Cartable?

That all makes sense. Thanks for the replies!

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4/16/2023 9:03 pm  #6

Re: Rock to Louisa Portage- Cartable?

I have done the Rock-Louisa portage with a canoe cart and it is definitely doable.  Wear your packs and keep the canoe as empty as possible.  At the Rock Lake end there are some boardwalk sections that require you to carry the canoe.  There are also a couple of rocky climbs that require a little additional effort with a cart.  Would I use a cart again there????.... probably not unless the canoe was over 50 pounds.


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