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PostPosted: May 22nd, 2018, 6:48 pm 
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Rumor had it that Mud Lake in the Puzzle -> Bear Lake linear chain had drained a few years back possibly due to failure of the beaver dam. We just finished a trip last week and everything was as I remembered in the past with some new flag tape and markers installed at Mud (thanks to whoever did that).

Water levels were high enough that I was able to push through the stream between Puzzle-Loyst, only needing to get out and slide canoe and gear over one fallen stump. Loyst campsite has accumulated a lot of 'homemade' furniture at its main site with some campers apparently fascinated with tripod building, or perhaps used for winter teepees?

Loyst - Mud as stated is fully operational. Lots of water and we were able to paddle right up to the Beaver dam separating Mud from Little Norway (or Norway wetland). Little Norway had quite low water levels despite high waters everywhere else though and might be a bit of a challenge in later summer.

Norway - Bear Lake portage looked well maintained. The steam where we usually put in was muddy and we got stuck trying to work through it. We came out at the sandy beach on the way back making for an easier time.

Bear Lake was as pristine as usual. We did the hike from the back of Big Sunfish lake behind Bear Lake to Six Depot which is 2 km bushwacking between a bunch of beaver ponds. Great views and a fun walk. Even swam a bit in Six depot lake which was much warmer than Bear. Brrr, bear is better for swimming in September then it is in May!

Tried fishing for pike in Norway on way up as it was the opener, but no luck.

Overall, a good, relaxing trip.

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Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/Ts8xFTUJFig


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PostPosted: May 29th, 2018, 5:11 pm 
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Re-figured out how to post pics of the trips :)

Entering Loyst

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View from Loyst campsite

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Who doesn't love a sunset - Loyst campsite again

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Or waking up to a perfect morning?

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Little Norway, just after the beaverdam liftover from Loyst. The bay leading up to Little Norway proper was almost all mud

Bottom part of Norway Lake

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Sunning at the Bear Lake campsite

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Bear Lake campsite

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Bigsunfish - pond behind Bear Lake and campstie where we then hiked onto 6th depot

Grouse nest...hen made my wife scream when she took off her nest..

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One of the beaverdams along the way

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Great advice song...leave no trace!

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