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PostPosted: July 27th, 2009, 9:14 pm 
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PostPosted: July 27th, 2009, 9:17 pm 
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Last one up to Kosteck Lake


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PostPosted: July 27th, 2009, 9:20 pm 
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Now the Wanipigow going south to Birch Falls. These are incomplete due to the fact it started pouring rain during the 5 odd hour portage at W3-6. Only the one falls was photographed due to the weather and a foul mood at this point. Perhaps this fall we will get up there again and get more photo's.


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PostPosted: July 27th, 2009, 9:22 pm 
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Nice waterfall, Class 5+ me thinks, certainly to much for a canoe. The drop is more vertical than it appears.


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PostPosted: July 27th, 2009, 9:24 pm 
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Further to come is the written portion, tomorrow perhaps


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PostPosted: August 24th, 2009, 7:50 pm 
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I just got back from a quick trip from Wallace Lake to Aikins Lake and back again, following your portage maps, and descriptions of the portages. I would like to commend Karin and Christy for your excellent work. Your descriptions were bang on. Did they ever make the trip easier. I’ve done this trip many times, but invariably forget where the portages are, and spend much time searching for them, usually trying the wrong side of the river first. Not only did you write a description, you tagged all the portages put in and take out. “Well done”
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PostPosted: August 25th, 2009, 1:10 am 
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Great way to do a very useful trip report!

When we did the Wanipigow, a few years ago around Aug-long, pretty low water, I was still taking film pictures, otherwise I'd post some photos too. Two things I remember - if you camp on the rock between P3 & P4, don't drink too much wine, it's steep! And at P6 there's a big ledge at the top of the that photo (which we did a short carry around on RL). I think we ran all the rapids.

We'd hoped to go to Leaf L., but there was no water in the Broadleaf, just mud, so we didn't go up.

We did an out-an-back from Wallace. Next time maybe we'll keep going down the Wanipigow, though you make it sound a little unpleasant!

Where's the accessto the TO you used (to the unmaintained picnic area) - how far is the shuttle?

Thanks for the memories, Pat.

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PostPosted: August 26th, 2009, 8:36 am 
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The picnic area take out on the Wanipigow is off 304 and marked with a sign. It is about 17km from Wallace Lake.

There is not a shuttle that we are aware of. On the way up we dropped a bike off in the bush at the picnic area and when we arrived Christy rode to Wallace Lake to get the truck. A little unconventional and we wouldn't likely do it again. She rode straight into the wind and driving rain after spending the day wet and had some serious healthy issues on the way home.

We are hoping to get back up the Wani to the W3-W6 area this fall to cut a proper portage across the top. It really isn't that long, like 4/10's of a km, just not marked well enough, the flags run out and I was out of ribbon at that point. It will be much better once we get it cleaned up.


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PostPosted: August 27th, 2009, 3:19 pm 
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Finishing this report...

Wildlife was better this trip. We had 3 moose sightings amongst many beaver, otters, eagles, falcons, osprey, shore birds, evil crows, ravens, etc.

We have yet to see a bear, not that I want to, but we have seen signs of bears on the portages further up towards Aikens Lake. We camp on islands to lessen a bear threat, altough the little island we took over on Kosteck lake any bear could have easily waded to. Generally, I find islands better for breezes and less bugs during the day.

Fishes included many pickerel, pike, perch and a burbot. I even caught a 2" long pike and yes, I should have gotten a photo. We were in the middle of the mayfly hatch the first night which didn't help the fishing much, but we still managed a half dozen pickerel dinners over the trip. I added to the shafts of our paddles a measuring tape, in sharpie, including the slot restrictions, so we just measure the pickerel on the paddle to see what needs to be released or eaten.

These mooses we encountered at the top of Leaf Lake upon our return downstream. They bolted to the shore and up into the bush after seeing us.


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PostPosted: August 27th, 2009, 3:50 pm 
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Campsites we used on our excursion and Leaf Lake fishies.


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PostPosted: August 27th, 2009, 3:53 pm 
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PostPosted: August 27th, 2009, 3:55 pm 
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Campsite on the mainland. The party there at the time is I believe, HFRI's group. We did speak with them as they passed by and they said they had come from Wallace lake via the Haggard River.


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PostPosted: August 27th, 2009, 4:09 pm 
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The water levels were unreal, at Wallace Lake Recreational Park, the docks were mostly underwater.

At Leaf Lake we stayed the first two nights on a small island we camped on last year. I recorded the rate of water drop at 4" in 24 hours, these photo's attest to how high it was. In the island pic, the bottom of the word "Water Level" is how high up the Island it was. That photo was taken 9 days later. The Rock, was totally underwater when we arrived as well.

The Dam pic shows the same beaver dam that is upstream from Leaf Lake with the 2008 and 2009 water levels. The 2008 photo is tight to the dam on the right side, the 2009 photo is take from further away. In 2008 we had to go around, this year we paddled over top.

The last photo is of the Broadleaf River where it comes in Kosteck Lake from Prince and Queen Hughes Lakes. We had tried to get into Queen Hughes but the flow at this beaver dam stopped us.


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PostPosted: August 27th, 2009, 4:12 pm 
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Water levels may change without warning...


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PostPosted: August 27th, 2009, 4:35 pm 
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We cannot control the weather..

on the first Saturday, soaked to the skin, next 4 days beautiful sunshine, then all heck broke loose on July 9th, thunderstorms morning and evening, funnel cloud, intense lightning, high winds, continuous thunder, rain of biblical proportions. Friday, wind bound in the tent. Saturday we left and faced a stiff wind that pushed us upstream in a good downstream current, 8" whitecaps on the Broadleaf River.

next 2, beautiful days again, then upon leaving, a cold unrelenting rain and soaked to the skin until nightfall.


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