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PostPosted: May 22nd, 2011, 8:01 pm 
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We got out of the city before 8am on Friday but took it easy on the way up averaging 90kmh on the highways to save fuel. PR304 from Manigotagan to Bisset was soft and heaving in many places but the stretch from Bisset to Wallace lake was a real mess for the first 15km or so. Tandem dump trucks running from a quarry to the mine had torn it up really bad.

Still we were on the water by noon and heading down the lake into a steady east wind. Although we would normally take the river we had decided due to the wind direction to take the portage, paying no mind to the fact we had the 18 pound tent with us.

The portage is 1.3km long and for the most part a beautiful walk but on the Wallace Lake side, about 1/3 of the way in there are 3 boggy sections which had us sinking calf deep in muck. The middle and Siderock side is firm ground and sandy.

Siderock is generally very popular on the May long weekend and we knew of two canoes headed up river but were a little surprised when another couple were walking the portage as we were finishing up. We never did see them on the lake.

We had some new kit with us this year, a pelican case for my electronics and a base camp water filter, both worked fabulously for us. Due to the 18 hours of rain we had on saturday, the old tent has made it's final trip, it is just worn out, although if we ever car camp it might go just because of it's size.

With the all day rain saturday and the east wind we didn't get out to do the exploring we had planned at all and made our escape when the wind dropped on sunday morning. We took the river out and the fishing was much better and we have pickerel fillets in the fridge.

It was a good first trip, our tune up as we prepare for the big one in July. We know we have to do something with the boat, either shave at least 10 pounds off it or perhaps take my boat which is light enough for the big carries but a little small for us and our gear. We cannot afford to buy or rent a boat before then, thus the dilemma.

We will get it worked out.


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 Post subject: Re: Siderock Lake, May long weekend Annual trip
PostPosted: May 22nd, 2011, 8:05 pm 
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Old tent and new pieces of kit


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 Post subject: Re: Siderock Lake, May long weekend Annual trip
PostPosted: May 22nd, 2011, 8:10 pm 
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Sun and steak cooked on an antique Coleman stove then sunday morning dawned damp and dreary.

As usual there is an open fire ban ongoing and the posted fire threat on friday was High and we did note during the portage the forest was tinder dry. The all day rain helped because they had lowered the threat to moderate on sunday.


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 Post subject: Re: Siderock Lake, May long weekend Annual trip
PostPosted: May 22nd, 2011, 8:13 pm 
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On the way home today, after checking out the new road being built we stopped at the Manigotagan River to see the flow. All the rivers and lakes are up right now, at least a foot above normal. A more typical spring than last year. The Manigotagan is impressive.


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PostPosted: May 24th, 2011, 1:04 pm 
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thanks for the update

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 Post subject: Re: Siderock Lake, May long weekend Annual trip
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We were up past the Manigotagan this weekend...Canada day 2012.... and there was even MORE water going over Wood Falls than in the above picture. I have no idea where it is all coming from but wow is there a lot.

The Black looked good and high also. And the Wanipigow at English Brook campground was insanely high. It is a tough time to be on the rivers with all of that water to contend with.

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