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Wolf/Victoria Lake - QEII Wildlands

Route submitted by: Chris Bertrand Submitted: Mon, Oct 17,2016
Trip Date: Oct. 4, 2016 Route Author: Chris Bertrand

General Info

Portage Info

Distance:
20 km
No. of portages:
10
Duration:
4 days
Total Portage Distance:
5500 m
Loop Trip?:
Yes
Longest Portage:
1500 m

Difficulty Ratings

Background Info

River Travel:
Not applicable
Trip Date:
Lake Travel:
Novice
Water Levels:
Unknown
Portaging:
Moderate
 
Remoteness:
Novice
 
Access to Put-In Information

The put in can be found off of Devil's Lake road.  It is a well maintained boat launch with some space for free parking.

Technical Guide

-Head NW on Devil's Lake for approximately 2km. The 1.5 km portage to Sheldon Lake can be found in a small bay on the W shore in a small bay. There is signage at the landing point along with an old 1940's GMC truck.

-The 1.5km portage follows an ATV trail to Sheldon Lake and is fairly flat and well established. Other than the distance and a few detours around muddy spots it is fairly easy.

-Paddle W across Sheldon Lake to the next portage which is located directly to the right of a small cabin

-The 700m portage to Cooney Lake is another clear trail and again is fairly easy

-Cooney Lake is another short paddle follows by a 475m portage

-Peter's Pond is small and can be swampy in dry conditions but leads to a short 150m portage to Victoria Lake.  While this portage is short, the trail is rough and traverses some jagged rock.

-The paddling in Victoria Lake is initially through a marsh for the first 100m but opens up after a lift over.

-Paddle 1.5km W to reach the short 30m portage to Wolf Lake

-Repeat in reverse to reach Devil's Lake Access Point

Trip Journal/Log/Description

Day 1 - Arrived at Access point at 10:30am and took our time paddling/portaging to Cooney Lake where we set up camp.

Day 2 - Left Cooney Lake basecamp and explored Victoria and Wolf Lakes, stopping along the way to fish and have a shore lunch.  Returned to basecamp for the night.

Day 3 - Climbed to the peak of the highest peak in the Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands PP on the Ganaraska trail which can be accessed from both the E and W end of Cooney Lake

Day 4 - Tore down camp and travelled back to the Devil's Lake access point

NOTE: While there is no camping on Devil's Lake and Peter's pond, sites can be found on all of the other lakes

CCR Member Comments

Chris
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05/26/2017 - 11:15

The beaver beaver dam at the East end of Cooney lake has broken, which dropped water levels by 1-2 feet. Now the portage between Sheldon and Cooney Lakes is about 200m longer as you must carry around whats left of the beaver pond to the main section of the lake.  Additionally, the bridge halfway down the portage has been washed out, but the creek can still be crossed by carefully hopping from stone to stone.