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PostPosted: July 11th, 2018, 5:56 pm 
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Hi folks, I and 5 friends (three couples) will be going to Northwest Algonquin in early August. Some of our paddlers are not as experienced with backcountry camping/canoeing, so our plan is to paddle in over one day and stay at the same site(s) for 3 nights, doing day trips from that 'basecamp'. We'll be entering from either Access Point 1 (Kawawaymog Lake), or AP 29 (Kioshkokwi Lake). Right now we're thinking of going to either Biggar, Lorne, or Manitou Lake for our basecamp.

I wanted to see if anyone has experience camping at those lakes, preferences between them, thoughts about the best sites on them, etc. I'm also open to any other suggestions for good 'basecamp' lakes in that part of Algonquin. Our priorities are privacy (if possible), a scenic location, wildlife, and the ability to do fun day trips, either hiking or canoeing. Thanks!

PostPosted: July 13th, 2018, 7:24 pm 

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I haven't entered at Kioshkwi, only at Kawawaymog, and base camped on islands in North Tea. From there we went into Biggar, and into Manitou. The islands were alrge enough to have two or three sites on them. There is a bay that runs more or less north towards Manitou, and the island close to its mouth seemed to be close to a wolf pack, because we heard them on both shores. It was almost like they were having a conversation at a distance. Close by there is a large campsite with a nice beach.

The channel to the Biggar portage seemed to be a favourite for moose. And there was a little waterfall complete with a trout that kept leaping out of the water and snapping up flies . Didn't have any fishing tackle.

PostPosted: July 15th, 2018, 7:58 am 
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Biggar is scenic and could be a good choice for basecamping... it's surrounded by rolling hills which are great to see when there are mists on the water or when the setting or rising sun illuminates them. The eastern campsites provide the best views of the hills and the lake.

There are several wetlands areas which should attract moose feeding on aquatic plants... both Loughrin and Birchcliffe creeks pass through these.

Sand beaches at the east end of Biggar, north of Birchcliffe creek... worth checking out for swimming and wading, might be buggy.

The long port along Loughrin creek might be interesting to walk... I have not done it but there should be different vegetation types including red oaks in the upland areas and maybe some beaver ponds and a campsite, maybe a spot at the end to have lunch. This port probably passes through wet areas so might be buggy.

Paddling along Birchcliffe creek to the east will bring you to a logging road, again with a campsite... the road may or may not be overgrown, sometimes they're interesting with possibilities of wildlife. Walking north will bring you to Kawa and Upper Kawa lakes and some wetlands areas. With a little bushwhacking it should be possible to join up with the port to Three Mile where there may be more interesting features... there are probably confusing side roads, so don't get lost if you want to try this... good luck.


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