Tempo in movimento  8 ore 11 minuti

Tempo  un giorno 21 ore 16 minuti

Coordinate 6659

Caricato 25 agosto 2019

Registrato agosto 2019

306 m
249 m
38,85 km

Visualizzato 1239 volte, scaricato 1 volte

vicino a Anstruther Lake, Ontàrio (Canada)

An active weekend canoe trip through the southern section of the park.

Friday: Arrived at the Long Lake Access point around 1:30 and were on the water in a rental canoe shortly after 2:00. Paddled Long Lake for about 4.5 km to a portage that is marked and visible on the south shore and is 340 meters in length. Put back in at Buzzard Lake and paddled to our campsite on the south end of Buzzard, arrived before 4:00 with plenty of time to set up camp/prepare dinner.

Saturday: In the morning our threesome did three short paddles broken up by 2 portages of 680 meters which got us quickly from Buzzard Lake to Mountain Lake to Stoplog where we set up camp while it was still the morning (the site was not booked on the previous night).

We spent the rest of the day exploring (gear reduced to a small pack with lunches) and did a loop through several lakes. North on Stoplog, portage into Compass, thru Cherry, Triangle and then hiked (no canoe) the 1,275 meter portage trail over to Cox lake. Our return route was back into Triangle and then the west side of Cherry, a medium portage in to Turtle and then a long portage back to Stoplog arriving back at our campsite around 4:00.

Sunday: Left camp shortly after 8:00, north on Stoplog to Compass, three consecutive portages into Loucks Lake, then a 5 km paddle into the wind through Long Lake to the access point and our cars (arrived about 30 minutes before noon).

Campsite reservations are required and on a busy weekend you should also reserve a canoe (if required). Portages and campsites were all clearly marked, paths were in good shape and the campsites we used were impressive.

Nice scenery, some wildlife and we had some great weather that made the trip very enjoyable.

Portage Long Lake to Buzzard

A dock and a hut are at the portage start point on Long Lake and all portages and campsites are signed. Portage is 340 meters long and in good shape and ends with this view of Buzzard Lake.

Campsite 427

Our campsite for the first night.

Portage end at Vixen Lake

Very early Saturday, I took a quick trip over to look at Vixen lake where there are a couple of island campsites. The portage was easy (without canoe) and short at 215 meters in length.

Portage Buzzard to Mountain

Just south of our campsite was the portage to Mountain Lake. Our first portage of the day was 684 meters in length and a lot easier than the second.

Portage end from Buzzard to Mountain.

The end of the 684 meter portage. Nice lake, the map listed one campsite but we did not see it.

Portage Mountain Lake to Stoplog

Our second portage at 680 meters, while 4 meters shorter was a lot harder than the first one of the day. I got lucky and was on paddles, jackets and hats duty for this one.

Portage end from Mountain to Stoplog Lake

Overall a tougher portage.

Campsite 562

Our campsite for the second night. Interesting site... set back from the main lake but with nice access to a stream at the side and a beautiful pool of water in the backyard. We enjoyed a swim and the secluded nature of this large site.

Portage Stoplog to Beaver Lake

North end of Stoplog was difficult to get through. Water levels were lower in late August and we bottomed out several times. There were 3 beaver dams where we had to step out of the canoe and slide it up and over the dam. The actual portage is 293 meters and had some decent up hill portions.

Compass Lake

It took a few minutes of exploring to find a way through this section.

Portage to Cherry

A 30 meter portage around a stone dam, short enough to hand carry the canoe.

Campsite 540

We stopped here for our lunch while we were out for our Saturday explore.

Portage to Cox Lake

The trail to Cox Lake has a distance of 1,276 meters. We hiked it (no canoe or backpacks) to scout out a potential return route to our vehicle.

Portage end at Cox Lake

The Cox Lake portage would be difficult - with length (1,276 meters), elevation change and a 90 degree corner that a guy with a canoe on his head overshot.

Portage at Turtle Lake

A 348 meter portage.

Portage from Turtle Lake to Stoplog Lake

This portage is listed at 993 meters but seemed shorter, which was appreciated (seventh one of the day - 2 with full gear, 4 with canoe only, 1 hiking only). Wiki has it at about 650 meters. I left this last long one for my sons!

Compass portage

Listed at 293 meters with some elevation at the beginning.

Loucks Lake portage

Listed as three separate portages of 70, 397 and 95 meters. With high water levels you might be able to paddle the middle 397 meter section.


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