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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