Powell Forest Canoe Route

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Submitter & Author Information
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Unknown
Additional Route Information
Distance: 
57 km
Duration: 
5 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
5
Total Portage Distance: 
8000 m
Longest Portage: 
2400 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Not applicable
Lake Travel: 
Intermediate
Portaging: 
Moderate
Remoteness: 
Novice
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

Start at south side of Lois Lake
Northeast, then north through Lois Lake
P 1700 m to Horseshoe Lake
Northwest through Horseshoe Lake
P 2400 m to Ireland Lake
East through Ireland Lake
P 800 m to Dodd Lake
North through Dodd Lake
P 700 m to Windsor Lake
P 2400 m to Goat Lake
West through Goat Lake
West then south through Powell lake
Finish at Powell Lake marina

Other
Special Comments: 

Some long portages, but a novice-rated trip, nonetheless. Campsites are developed and maintained. Accessible June through October.

Comments

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00

Comments: 

This is a great trip to take kids on. I have done the route a couple of times now and have done portions of the route as well. If you only have a few days try starting out on Inland Lake, camping on the island and then portage over to Powell Lake the next morning. The portage is easy and done in no time. YOu can then paddle up the lake to a campsite opposite Goat Island. The paddle back to Haywire Bay the next morning is an easy 2 hour paddle. Ask the caretaker at Haywire Bay to look after your cars while you are away. Inland Lake can be a "party"site for local teens!! Winds on Powell Lake can be a problem so be prepared to paddle in the morning or early evening. I have never had a problem with crowded campsites, usually you are on the lakes by yourselves! Great swimming in most of the lakes(not Lois). Bugs can be bad as the sites are in the woods and are dark and damp. No bears seen on any of our trips but they are in the area. be prepared to hang all your food!

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00

Comments: 

We did this route in mid-August 2002
with 7 kids (1 yr to 10 yrs) and 6 adults.
We took 6 days and had a great time!
The lakes were great for swimming and
quite warm. The camps were generally in very
nice locations with beaches for swimming.
Wheels aren't allowed on the portages but there
are many canoe racks along the way for resting.
Make sure to take a canoe that you can portage for
an hour or so since some of the portages are long --
but the trails are in great shape. Although it is
recommended to do the loop starting from Lois Lake in order to
do the Goat Lake portage downhill, this
means you must paddle the 30km Powell Lake in the morning and
and wait out the strong mid-day winds before resuming
paddling in the early evening. In
restropect, I would have started from Powell Lake and dealt
with the uphill portage in return for not battling 2 days of
strong headwind on Powell Lake.

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00

Comments: 

In response to comments submitted by Eli Holmes we wish to clarify some of the points regarding the route. Firstly canoe carts are allowed although trails are narrow and one wheel carts are your only option due to the width, there are many canoe rest along the portages as noted to compensate for the limitations for carts. We still recommend doing the route from south to north not only because the portages are downhill this way but also for the fact that you will end your trip at a public marina with full access to all facilities including a restaurant, general store and easy access to transportation routes on Powell Lake versus a wilderness campsite on Lois Lake. As noted the winds can be strong on Powell Lake in the afternoon so many people choose to use the time to portage to Inland Lake Provincial Park( a wheelchair accessible trail system and campground) stay overnight there, ending their trip the next morning back on Powell Lake.

The route is accessible year round but May to October is best for travelling due to Rain and Snow in the higher elevations during the Winter and Early Spring making the winter months best left to experienced outdoor enthusiasts. For more info on the route visit our website at http://www.discoverpowellriver.com/visitors/canoekayak.htm.

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00

Comments: 

WE JUST DID THE TRIP JUNE 23RD 2004 IT WAS GREAT BUT I DID NOT LIKE GOING DOWN POWELL RIVER AS IT WAS TO WINDY AT TIMES IF YOU DO STAY CLOSE TO SHORE SO YOU CAN GET OUT AND WAIT TILL IT CALMS DOWN EARLY MORNIG TILL ABOUT 1:00 IS GREAT PADDLING WHEATHER THEN IT STARTS TO BLOW UP AND YOU HAVE TO WAIT TILL ABOUT 7:00PM TILL IT CALMS DOWN AND TO MANY MOTOR BOATS AND SOME DID NOT SLOW DOWN WHEN I DO IT AGAIN I WILL GO UP INSTEAD OF DOWN I KNOW IT WILL BE BIG HIKE UP. IT WAS A GREAT TRIP ,ONE OTHER PROBLEM WAS SIGNS SAYING WHERE TO GET OFF AND ON TO THE LAKE EITHER THERE WAS NONE OR IT WAS IN THE BUSH GET A GOOD MAP AND YOU WILL HAVE NO PROBLEM. KEEP ON PADDLING

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00

Comments: 

I made a solo trip in August of 2003. It was a really enjoyable experience. I started at Lois Lake, but near the end of the trip very high winds marooned me for 36 hours on a rocky ledge at the big bend on Powell Lake opposite Goat Island. Next time I will do a clockwise trip, or start at Lois Lake and do the small lakes then return to the start. The campsites were all immaculate, the toilets were clean, and the trails were well maintained. Surprisingly, only one mosquito (it is now dead)
I arrived by ferry in Powell River with my 12' canoe and trundled it off on a dolly. I had arranged for a local Canoe outfit to take me to Lois Lake and pick me up at Haywire bay - cost: $50. That was cheaper than to take my vehicle on the ferry and solved the problem of getting back to my vehicle at the end of the trip. I plan to do it again this year.

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00

Comments: 

This is a great trip to take kids on. I have done the route a couple of times now and have done portions of the route as well. If you only have a few days try starting out on Inland Lake, camping on the island and then portage over to Powell Lake the next morning. The portage is easy and done in no time. YOu can then paddle up the lake to a campsite opposite Goat Island. The paddle back to Haywire Bay the next morning is an easy 2 hour paddle. Ask the caretaker at Haywire Bay to look after your cars while you are away. Inland Lake can be a "party"site for local teens!! Winds on Powell Lake can be a problem so be prepared to paddle in the morning or early evening. I have never had a problem with crowded campsites, usually you are on the lakes by yourselves! Great swimming in most of the lakes(not Lois). Bugs can be bad as the sites are in the woods and are dark and damp. No bears seen on any of our trips but they are in the area. be prepared to hang all your food!

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00

Comments: 

This is NOT a wilderness trip. We were sorely dissappointed. Clearcut blo0cks are visible everywhere. Yahoos can be heard from every campsite gunning there engines and blaring there stereos. I will not be paddling this route again.