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PostPosted: November 9th, 2005, 12:09 am 
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To me the Red Squirrel Rd. is one of the better one in the north. Try driving the Goulard Rd. off the 805 heading for the Obabika Wawiagama Lakes in the Temagami area, now that road can and is rough and at times you only go from 0 to 20 km at best. I drive a 4x4, cars find it can be real bad in places.
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Hey there,

I've driven this road many times with an old 85 toyota camery. The condition of the road depends on the time of year and whether or not there logging anywhere within the Red Squirrel Road system. I use to go to the anual party on the beach at camp Wanapitei every spring. The road conditions at that time of the year are usually pretty brutal because of all the water from the spring run off. Small section of the road can be flooded over a little and small trenches develope as water cuts little channels through the road. Although later on in the summer its generally alot better. The road can actually be quite good on years that there logging in there becasue they will have it periodically graded. The only problem there is the logging trucks barrel down the the road without alot of concern for oncoming traffic. Anyhow hope this helps,

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Hilbilly, can you tell me more about that road? I have often wondered about it. I drive a 6cyl Saturn Vue AWD. It's no 4x4, but has more power, and clearance than a minivan. What do you think of me getting in there with that?

Thanks for your help.

Oh and is either road open in the winter, plowed, even minimally?

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I have been down that road in anything from an Excursion to a Prius... never had a problem. Although I have never been through there before June...

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PostPosted: January 22nd, 2006, 5:36 pm 
Don't worry SWIFT, you can travel the road in any vehicle, as long as you drive accordingly to the road conditions. UNLESS it's just after a major rain storm :o

Don't know about winter openings!


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Grant Forest Products in Earlton is currently logging in the Eagle Lake area North of the Red Squirrel, so the road is being reasonably maintained. I went in there last Spring ,about May 3, on my way to Sandy Inlet and I experienced no problems.
Also this past September logging operations started up South of Bob Lake. As far as I know those operations are ongoing throughout the winter, so the road will be plowed out.
You could confirm the status of the road by checking with the MNR in North Bay. (705) 475-5550


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The road does get plowed almost to Sandy Inlet. There are a couple of year round residents in the bush back there, one of which who lives at Camp Wanapitei. The camp even has some winter actives going on through-out the winter.

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Hillbilly wrote

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Try driving the Goulard Rd. off the 805 heading for the Obabika Wawiagama Lakes in the Temagami area


What about this one? Sounds interesting.

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It is rough, It doesn't get any maintenance :o
It is a good access point to reach the back country on day 1.

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SWIFT wrote:
Hillbilly, can you tell me more about that road? I have often wondered about it. I drive a 6cyl Saturn Vue AWD. It's no 4x4, but has more power, and clearance than a minivan. What do you think of me getting in there with that?
Thanks for your help.
Oh and is either road open in the winter, plowed, even minimally?


I have seen from Honda Civics & VW Rabbits to Ford Exporers and other 4X4's drive and make the trip to the gate access point. If you drive carefully you can make it with almost any vehicle. If you are not careful you will put a hole in your oil pan or gas tank.
As far as I know it is not plowed north of Emerald Lake in the winter.
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PostPosted: April 2nd, 2020, 12:03 pm 
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Rediscovered this thread while searching "current conditions" with regards to snow cover... no help there specifically, BUT I thought I could update this thread with....

I frequented this road a lot last year. And have even trailer camped it on it's many side road spots. And so I can tell you that it is currently logged, and is well maintained. Shortly after the origins of this thread I accessed this road and it was really rough with many wash outs of impinging lakes. But it has since been fixed up and is quite drivable. It can still get pretty wash board like after rains, but they grate it down frequent enough. They also have a active "forest management and camper" program that flags the campsites for the truckers to slow down near (they also use their air (?) brake as a warning of their approach. This can be annoying, but I think its done as a respectful safety feature, and I think it's only once or twice a day.

Otherwise I am just pining to get out there, and I am looking around to see if I could get access into the area now? where I could even get my small trailer into some of those sites now?

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PostPosted: July 16th, 2020, 9:21 am 
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Hello, I have been lurking but haven't posted for a long time, but enjoy the posts.
Just curious if anybody could give an update of the condition of Red Squirrel Road. Has anyone driven this road lately? And is there still a parking lot to start tripping at Sandy Bay Inlet?


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PostPosted: July 16th, 2020, 8:26 pm 
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There was a lot there two years ago. It holds 6-8 cars. The last 200 m of road is very narrow and full of large pot holes. A car can make it in when it is dry, but if it rains the holes fill with water. The soil is clay not sand. The holes are very slippery. You need at least an SUV or 4x4 pickup when it is wet. Every year people have to get pulled out of there. However, you can park just 50m past the camp parking lot where the road turns south towards the lake and the pot holes start. The bush is open enough to park about 6 cars there. It just makes the portage to the lake 200m longer.
The first time I was in there I had a minivan. It was dry when I went in but I knew it's reputation. So I drove in to the parking lot at the trail, dumped my gear, then drove back out, parked and walked in. I was very glad I did. When I came back out it had been raining for three days, the holes were full and I would have been stuck in there. Even then, when I was portaging past the holes I happened to put my foot in one and slid all the way down to the centre on the slick clay. A knee deep soaker to drive home with.

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PostPosted: July 19th, 2020, 2:28 pm 
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What is it like at Red Squirrel parking? Is that a better place to start or is Sandy inlet the best?

Also, whats the typical practice up there since its not a Prov. Park? Do we leave a giant note in the car window with our names and our trip route etc?

we are Temagami newbies!

thanks Chris


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PostPosted: July 19th, 2020, 3:38 pm 
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There is loads of parking at Red Squirrel. Often lots of RV's as well.

As to leaving a note in your car, not sure why you would want to do that. Of course you should always leave a float plan with a trusted adult. But a note in the car just invites vandalism imho.

The portage from Red Squirrel to Temagami is easy to find and not difficult.

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