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PostPosted: July 6th, 2016, 10:51 am 
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Hey folks,

I head out to do a one week trip down the Coulonge River this coming weekend. I am currently planning on dropping in at KM 167. Anyone paddle the Coulonge recently, wondering what the water levels are like and how bony it is... Wondering if I should drop in further down...

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PostPosted: July 6th, 2016, 2:41 pm 
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I'm looking at a July 31 Coulonge trip. Are you using a shuttle service? The person who did my shuttle last year on the Dumoine has been slow getting back to me with a quote on a shuttle up to La Vérendrye, i.e. a 3-hour drive each way on paved roads. Michel Pouliot, a recommended outfitter in the region, just quoted me a frightening figure for two of us with one canoe. As for water levels, if no one responds here (I suspect it's pretty quiet on the Coulonge), an outfitter might be able to give you an up-to-date answer on that.


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PostPosted: July 6th, 2016, 2:53 pm 
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I am using Michel. I dropped him a line as well as waiting on a response, but was hoping someone else had actually run the river. Yeah, for two people, it ain't cheap, especially if you are coming in via La Verendrye. I am taking 7 which dramatically reduces the price.

John from Black River Inn is also really good, you never know.

The final option may be to leave a car at Fort coulonge and drive yourselves to the Maniwaki area. Talk to Danny (a great guy!) at Boreal, he may be able to help, he knows the coulonge really well. Its a bit of an inconvenience have two car scattered at locations but may dramatically reduce your costs.

Steve


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PostPosted: July 6th, 2016, 4:14 pm 
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Huck, an email to Jim Coffey at Esprit Rafting got this response -

Water levels will be OK… particularly on the Coulonge where there is some regulated control of the feeder lakes.

Martin, Esprit also does shuttles. See here for the details -

http://www.whitewater.ca/outfitting_shuttles.html

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PostPosted: July 26th, 2016, 4:22 pm 
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Packed, and working on completing the annoying last details: I've even filled the plastic mickey bottles with Crown Royal Northern Harvest. Driving up to the Ottawa Valley this Saturday, and hoping to be on the water at Lac au Barrage or Grand Lac the following afternoon. Of course I'm a little apprehensive about water levels. Gerald Guay mentioned recently that Quebec's rivers were also running low this year. We'll be doing the bump n' grind for sure. Looking forward to this one. Several more firsts: 1st 2-weeker with my teenage son, 1st trip into La Vérendrye, and 1st time down the Coulonge. Tips re: favourite campsites, fishing holes (we're flyfishing), obscure or oft-overlooked hazards, etc. are always appreciated.


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PostPosted: July 26th, 2016, 5:16 pm 
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a double header eh Martin?

We're off to LSPP Thursday and however long that takes is ok.. followed by a drop down to Philip Edward Island...

Seems I have a hunger for rocks...

Grand Barrage has a nice easy launch area.

And the first part of the paddle down the lakes is nice despite the campground at Nichcotea.


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PostPosted: July 26th, 2016, 6:11 pm 
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Was on the Noire last week. Levels low, but still ok. Lots of rain in area the last couple of days. Coulonge should be fine.


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PostPosted: July 26th, 2016, 9:54 pm 
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Martin, enjoy with your trip down the Coulonge with your son!

We're going down in two weeks and will be putting in off highway 117 at Lac Larouche.

If you haven't seen it yet Charles Leduc's annotated Coulonge mapset of the river from Lac Pomponne on down are worth putting in your map case. See here -

http://www.cartespleinair.org/Canot/04/ ... uc2013.pdf

We plan to paddle right down to the Ottawa River and through the Roche Fendu section but have yet to find info on a portage trail around les Chutes Coulonge.

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PostPosted: July 27th, 2016, 3:55 am 
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true_north wrote:
... but have yet to find info on a portage trail around les Chutes Coulonge.


Call the park:

http://www.chutescoulonge.qc.ca/index_en.html


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PostPosted: July 27th, 2016, 7:42 am 
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Krusty, I've done that a couple of times. The second time i got back this email response -

Unfortunately we do not have a trail to portage around the falls and the rapids ,that’s why everybody gets off the river just before arriving to our park.

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I also emailed Jim Coffey at Esprit Rafting three weeks ago and he said he'd look into it for me. There is a way around - we are just looking for the shortest one!

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PostPosted: July 28th, 2016, 9:58 am 
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Did you guys do the trip?


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PostPosted: August 4th, 2016, 4:17 pm 
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So, Huck ... how was the water level on the Coulonge?

I hope you guys had a good trip with not too much scraping and lining.

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