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(The FULL) 4M Circle Route and the IAMGOLD Mine
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Author:  Canoe Daddy [ May 17th, 2021, 1:41 pm ]
Post subject:  (The FULL) 4M Circle Route and the IAMGOLD Mine

I am still planning on doing this route this summer, so last week I contacted Dave Brown at IAMGOLD, the mining company that is constructing the mine to the northwest of Three Duck Lake.

Mr. Brown seemed interested in helping canoeists complete this route. I'll share with you what I've learnt from him for anyone who is interested in doing this route within the next couple of years:

The mine is scheduled to be under construction until the end of 2022 and will continue operating for the next 18 years. It is located just west of the north part of Three Duck Lake (on or near Cote Lake). The road into the mine will have a lot of heavy machinery going through it and it crosses the portages north of Three Duck into Bagsverd. The mine is providing safe passage for canoeists who will use these portages. So, paddlers need to contact Dave to give him notice to arrange that passage. He also said that blasting will occur about once week. So, be prepared to hear that if you are unlucky enough to be passing through on those blasting days.

Attached is a map that he sent me with a boundary zone demarked. He stated that any camping should not take place within that boundary which is basically all of Three Duck. Stajanleafs provided a trip report that says there is a campsite on the southeast shore of Three Duck, so apparently that is now off limits, as well.

So, the route is still very much doable, just with some extra planning and arrangements. Personally, I will be planning to hightail it through the area as quickly as possible to get to the Somme River Area northwest of Bagsverd.

Regarding the aggregate pit on the portage back to Dividing, I would like to avoid that. So, I am planning to try the full 4M Circle Route that crosses east of Mesomikenda and down the Makami River, past the town of Gogama and up the Mollie River back to Dividing. I haven't been able to find any recent info on that route (the latest seems to be 2009 on this site). I believe it will add 3 more days to the trip. If anyone has any newish info the route from Mesommikenda- Makami Lake - Makami River - and especially the 2000m portage from Minisinakwa into the Mollie River, it would be greatly appreciated!

To contact Dave Brown and arrange passage for the 4M Circle route:

Dave Brown
Manager of Environment and Community Relations

Mobile: + 1-705-923-3369


9-2140 Regent Street
Sudbury, ON P3E 5S8, Canada

Author:  cheryl [ May 18th, 2021, 9:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: (The FULL) 4M Circle Route and the IAMGOLD Mine

Following this.

Author:  DaveH [ June 14th, 2021, 12:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: (The FULL) 4M Circle Route and the IAMGOLD Mine

Took your advice and contacted David Brown at Iamgold. Thank you for posting that contact. Waiting to hear back from him. Have you been able to get any other information on this route and the alternative addition of Makami/Mollie River route that you mentioned in your post. We are planning to paddle this route as well in a few weeks. We have also put out a few feelers out concerning the water levels in this area as levels are extremely low south of Sudbury.

Author:  Canoe Daddy [ June 16th, 2021, 8:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: (The FULL) 4M Circle Route and the IAMGOLD Mine

DaveH, no new info. on the Makami/Mollie leg other than what is on this site from over a decade ago. I, too, am concerned about water levels and potential fire danger. Let's hope the area gets some much needed rain soon. Kindly share any info. if you receive it and I'll do the same. :)

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