On the Thunder House Falls item:
So the cart track does indeed start far enough above the falls on river right?
So unless the river was in flood or near it, those guys just missed it?
So neither government has any responsibility, moral/legal/whatever for those deaths?
If someone knows better, correct me:
* there's a cart trail on the river right - I don't see it on any of the maps, and it probably is not the traditional portage. The reason may be that coming up right after there is a long stretch of rapids (Stone R and Long R) following with portages on the right, and when a "cart trail" was put in place, it was expedient to start the whole thing above Thunderhouse.
* the original portage for Thunderhouse is on river left, with a number of different landings. Here's how Hap's book (1994) describes the issue:
Not only did the government mark the portage on the wrong side of the river on topographic sheet 42 J/3, but it was highlighted in purple after an update! To access the portage you would have to run the entire rapids and make an attempt to pull out into the "Dead Pool"... which is virtually impossible, and thee reason why five paddlers died an untimely death. The recent 1993 drownings finally prompted the OMNR to publish better signage prior to the actual portage landing which is above the rapids on river left.
* the map 42 j/3 I have is dated 1977 with interim corrections 1996
. It shows the portage on river left.