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PostPosted: June 23rd, 2002, 6:28 pm 
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In Hap Wilson's book about the Dumoine, he mentions the "Margaret Spry Shelter", a campsite and lean-to maintained by the Dumoine Rod and Gun Club. Does this shelter still exist? How many people can camp there? What facilities are there? Is there any fee? Any info about this place would be appreciated.


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We paddled by the shelter in early May and yes it still exists . We didn't stop to check but it looks like any campsite though it has the added bonus of a shelter . I understand that there is no fee but I could be wrong . If it had been later in the day we definately would have camped there as it looked pretty inviting from the water . Scouter Joe


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This is one of those MASSIVE sites on the Dumoine. Hap details sites that hold 1-2 tents and 3+ tents, we liked the small sites FAR better. The shelter is still there and would save you putting up a tarp. There is a nice sandy beach and the day we went by in the early afternoon, there was quite a sandstorm blowing up on the beach. You could easily put 10 canoes at the site. There are garbage bins (I think that was the site) that are emptied by the local Rod and Gun Club. There is also a thunderbox at the site. The only other luxury were a few picnic tables. If you want a wilderness feel, I'd stay away from the big sites. Also - there are many spots not detailed in the maps that are ideal for 1-2 tents at some of the rapids and falls.


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It is a great place to visit, and has a great view. We camped there and liked it. It also had an old outhouse.

About a 15 minute paddle before the shelfter, on river left, you will find a small creek and a bit up creek a nice water fall - worth a visit.


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PostPosted: June 26th, 2002, 3:00 pm 
Margaret Spry was a welcome shelter during a severe thunderstorm earlier this week. Thank you Dumoine Rod & Gun club for putting this up. We would have been a soggy, sorry lot without it.

Side note: water levels on the Dumoine are higher than same time last year. After a wake-up call on our first run, we stayed conservative and had a great trip. Bugs are ferocious - mosquitos, blackflys, deerflys and no-see-ums - if going on a trip this week, bring lots of fly-dope & one or two extra bug hats.


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