Reservoir Gouin - Flapjack to Oskelaneo

CanadaQuebec05 Upper St Lawrence, N shore
Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
Liohn
Trip Date : 
Additional Route Information
Distance: 
161 km
Duration: 
8 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
0
Total Portage Distance: 
0 m
Longest Portage: 
0 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Intermediate
Lake Travel: 
Intermediate
Portaging: 
Difficult
Remoteness: 
Advanced
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Low
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

This is not a canoe-friendly area. There are no maintained campsites or portage trails. Expect to bush-whack a lot. Suitable land for campsites is rare, we spent many kilometres paddling looking for some flat ground on which to pitch 2 tents.
We saw a number of fishermen and outfitters, all of whom told us they'd never seen anyone canoeing in the area.
Low water meant lots of trekking, dragging, pushing & pulling along the first leg of the trip (down the Flapjack). Perhaps it is better in high water.
There are a couple of large lakes.
Paddling upstream along the Oskelaneo is no problem. In fact, with the wind at our backs, at times it felt like travelling downstream.

Trip Journal/Log/Report/Diary: 

See Google map at: https://maps.google.ca/maps/ms?msid=214180693936373781129.0004a54c91cf9a...

It includes GPS coordinates of our campsites, a record of our circuit, and some (very brief) information

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Special Comments: 

We took the train, with our canoes and everything. 10-12 hours from Montreal. Via Rail offers a service to pick up/drop off in between stops, you just have to provide them wtih the mile marker (which we calculated by counting miles from the Oskelaneo stop). It was a fun way to do it, but a very long train ride. But once we were dropped off, there was no turning back, and there wasn't any opportunity to search for an ideal drop-in point. In fact, where we got off the train turned out to be impossible to access the water, so we had to port 750m back along the tracks.
The train is also *always* late on this run. Do not expect to be on time. Which meant we only got off the train at dusk, adding a little stress to the first night.