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PostPosted: January 15th, 2003, 9:15 pm 
I recently came across the entire Newfoundland and Labrador Canoe Route inventory. It includes over a dozen river and flat water trips. One of which is the Notakwanon river. Over 150 km long, and almost all ww. Has any one ever canoed this river?? If so please comment
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PostPosted: January 15th, 2003, 9:56 pm 
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There was a Great Canadian Rivers show on Discovery channel a few days ago that featured the Exploits. Does anone know what this river is like to canoe?
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I'd be interesting in this as well. Let us all in on the secret.


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PostPosted: January 20th, 2003, 4:06 pm 
The reports were done in the 70's. They might be available from national parks. The routes reviewed are:
Recreational routes:
1 Avalon Wilderness Area Route
2 Foxmarsh Route
3 Traverse Pond Route
4 Catamaran Park Curcuit Route
5 Codroy river
6 Indian River
7 Terra Nova Route

Wilderness Routes
8 Bay du Nord
9 Notakwanon
10 Eagle river
11 Little Mecatina river
12 General Report and Summery

As I seem to be one of the only people with the original routes I might consider scanning them. If you would like a particular route let me know and I'll see what I can do.
The reprts are very informative and are laid out in the following fasion.
Intro
Location
Acess
Egress
Ownership & Water rights
Present human activity
History
River description& fold out maps with corresponding #'s
conclusion
and Recommendations


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PostPosted: January 27th, 2003, 11:47 am 
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Anonymous;
I am also interested in getting copies of your route descriptions. I have a copy of the Kevin Redmond/Jim Price book with a name I cannot remember -Canyons,Coves and Coastal Waters? but your list has several routes that are not in that book. I have been searching for other reference material on suitable routes for family canoe trips without much success.
Bill


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I have a article in KANAWA mag 1997 of a group of 4 soloeing the Notakwanon, entire lenght to David Inlet on labrador coast...
12 days on the river...
Flght from GooseBay...
Continuous Class 3 for 100 km...

If need fax copy... don't hesitate to ask.
DM


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PostPosted: May 8th, 2003, 8:58 pm 
We launched from Smallwood reservoir near Lobstick, crossed in a northeasterly direction, portaged into the George drainage, went downriver about 70 miles, then ascended a tributary going easterly, thru lakes Goelands, Rochereau & Capiteau, perhaps 70 miles "upriver" then portaged over the height of land into the Notakwanon drainage. In the headwaters the Notakwanon is a mix of lakes and interconnecting streams, some of which are class 2-3. Beginning where the river exits Esker Lake, where it is maybe 500cfs, it starts a steep descent . Before long you are at the 70 foot falls, a portage is around the right. A couple miles below here is another nasty rapid with a short portage around the left.. I mention this because we ran everything else. Through the canyon we had maybe 3,000 cfs. In the section below the falls there are ~30 miles that drop at 50 ft/mile. Some of this is class 3-4, but it is bouldery stuff, not ledges. The gradient is amazingly uniform. After loosing most of its gradient, maybe 50 miles further, there is one other section of a couple miles that drop ~70ft/mile, and terminates in an exceedingly vicious hole. With great caution it is possible to get around the left side. Because this place is marked by a sloping long smooth rock wall on river right, we've referred to this rapid simply as "The Wall". So altogether we did about 350 miles in 21 days., and flew out from Davis Inlet. Great river. Great trip. Caribou, black bear, good fishing in spots. I'd strongly nominate this to be Labrador's first heritage river. Tom McCloud


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PostPosted: October 14th, 2003, 8:37 am 
I'm very interested in doing the same trip.
What did it cost you?
# of portage?
problems incountered?
food? etc.>>


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PostPosted: October 26th, 2003, 10:10 pm 
mdevine wrote:
I'm very interested in doing the same trip.
What did it cost you?
# of portage?
problems incountered?
food? etc.>>



If you have internet service can handle a 50 page wordperfect document with color photos imbedded in it, then send me your email address and I'll send you my trip report. Tom McCloud


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PostPosted: October 27th, 2003, 8:53 pm 
Tom,
My e-mail is mdevine@inseine.mi.mun.ca
Thanks for your Reply


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Mccloud,

Can you send me a copy as well?

Thanks in advance!

garrett@willowmoor.com


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PostPosted: December 14th, 2005, 4:40 pm 
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McCloud
I'd really like to read your report.. looking for the area in 2007.
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David Milot
damilot@emcobp.com


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There is a long, unsigned, and unfortunately unfinished trip log in the Nfld canoe routes section:
http://www.myccr.com/canoedb/routeDetai ... outeid=561

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Itook a look at it already...
That's exactly what we're looking for... Down the DePas river, up river on the Georges, then the Notakwanon... only one air shuttle from Davis Inlet to Shefferville... trains ride from Sept-Iles to Shefferville, North and South.
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Only dreaming...
David


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Could I trouble you for a copy of the scanned information as well? Anybody out there know much about the Eagle River?


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