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PostPosted: January 1st, 2017, 9:50 am 
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"the rail line runs past Bath Lake from Collins- we would portage over it the next morning. We should have just arranged to meet the train at the portage point instead of paddling to Collins!"

Curious if in your trip planning, did you give any consideration to catching the train from Canon Lake (just below Tamarack Lake)?


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PostPosted: January 2nd, 2017, 7:51 pm 
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Ipaddle, I can’t remember Canon Lake being considered. It was probably because it does not appear in the Wabakimi Project mapset (Volume 3) that we were using.

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A possible advantage of using Canon Lake as the egress is reducing the number of portages. To get to the Bath Lake VIA stop from Tamarack lake you need to do four short carries; to get to the Canon Lake VIA stop you only need to do one longer one. However, does anybody know what shape it is in? A portage is indicated on the forty-year old topo above but you have to wonder if it has been maintained. There is a lodge on Tamarack Lake so it may be used as a non-fly-in entry. Bath Lake is a common entry and exit point so is likely much more used.

BTW - check out the Wabakimi Project website for a page on access points; under the rail section it gives the mileage markers for different possible put-ins or take-outs on the CN line from Armstrong westward to Flindt Landing and on to Savant Lake. You need the markers when you book your ticket. Here are a few of them:


12.3 Tunnel Lake Wabinosh River, Rocky Island Lake
17.0 Canon Lake Boiling Sand River, Collins River
19.3 Bath Lake Boiling Sand River, Collins Lake
20.2 Collins Collins Lake, Collins River

http://www.wabakimi.org/park/wpp_access.html


We ended up paddling right in to Collins and catching the eastbound VIA train there.

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PostPosted: January 9th, 2017, 4:56 am 
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I can’t remember Canon Lake being considered. It was probably because it does not appear in the Wabakimi Project mapset (Volume 3) that we were using.
The route from Tamarack Lake to the CNR railhead belongs to the Lake Nipigon watershed and will be included in Volume Five of the Wabakimi Canoe Route Maps series of booklets due for release in late 2017.
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There is a lodge on Tamarack Lake so it may be used as a non-fly-in entry.
An alternative mode of insertion/extraction from Tamarack Lake is the terminus of the Trail Lake Road directly accessible from Armstrong Station.
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To get . . . to . . . Canon Lake VIA stop you only need to do one longer [portage]. However, does anybody know what shape it is in? A portage is indicated on the forty-year old topo above but you have to wonder if it has been maintained.
Volunteers of The Wabakim Project have explored and rehabilitated the route from Tamarack Lake to the CNR railhead via Canon Lake. Again, this route belongs to the Lake Nipigon watershed and will be published in Volume Five of the Wabakimi Canoe Route Maps series of booklets due for release in late 2017. That said, the route involves several portages and beaver dam liftovers between Tamarack Lake and Canon Lake. Complementary pre-publication of this route is available to members of Friends of Wabakimi on request


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