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PostPosted: March 9th, 2018, 10:29 am 
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First of all, thank you to Rosa, whose trip report (below) gave me the information to travel this route in the first place.
https://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewto ... 08&t=45024

The Grassy River Loop is located south of Timmins and north of Sudbury (more or less in between), roughly centred upon this point: https://goo.gl/maps/6mgPLvT44KN2

The base route is about 85km and can be extended with side trips into several lakes. Based on my experience, wildlife is abundant, and there are good numbers of pike and walleye along the route.

Some parts are very wild and pristine; others are highly accessible via resource roads and recreational trails. Generally the river sections are the most wild.

Get far away from the access points as they're likely to have trailers. There are annotations on the map along the route to help you find the best spots, and avoid the yucky stuff.

The map is available for download here as a PDF or PNG. The PDF can be previewed on Dropbox but the PNG can't.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ecs0amwrcmab ... AVnEa?dl=0

An updated version of my Magnetawan-Noganosh crown land camping map is also in this folder. I'll continue to add maps to this folder in the future and I'll make a website to house them someday if warranted, but Dropbox works for now.

These maps are designed on a 50x64" canvas and can't be printed in their entirety on a standard 8.5x11" unless you crop them into sections and print those individually. For field use, the Avenza Maps app (free) works great.

There are trip vlogs for both routes below if you want to see if these routes are right for you.
Grassy River: https://youtu.be/RS-wkwDvW-E
Magnetawan: https://youtu.be/dy3_Xq_EbN8

The lakes are rapidly opening up here in the Kawarthas and it's almost that time again. I hope these maps help some folks discover new crown land routes, and ultimately ensure that canoeists' interests have a voice in these areas.

Wishing you a wonderful paddling season,
Jon


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PostPosted: March 9th, 2018, 11:14 am 
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Excellent work.


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PostPosted: March 9th, 2018, 3:24 pm 
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Thanks for the contribution to the community!


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PostPosted: March 13th, 2018, 9:00 am 
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Thanx for posting these maps. Unfortunately, the PDF versions are too small to be legible. Can you tell me how to obtain larger ones which are legible?


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PostPosted: March 13th, 2018, 9:35 am 
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Perhaps you didn't download the map - you need to click on Download - upper right & then download the file. Then you can make it as large as you want.


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PostPosted: March 21st, 2018, 7:50 pm 
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I downloaded the two maps. Thank you. Question: are the campsites marked on the maps the ONLY ones available or are there other sites with fire rings and at least one tent pad?


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PostPosted: March 21st, 2018, 8:17 pm 
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I took GPS points all along the route, recorded everything I could see, and explored any shoreline that looked like it could be a site. There could still be sites I missed but it should be pretty comprehensive. You can also camp at the access points but you'll likely be alongside trailers. I got lucky and had the northern access on Sothman to myself when I arrived, so I stayed there my first evening.

The lakes along the main access road (e.g. Loonwing, Reading, Sinclair) will be the worst for this. I was there in mid-September and the northeast arm of Sinclair was probably the worst. Maybe 10 trailers, one of which was pumping Better Off Alone by Alice DJ at 9am in the morning. Spend your time on the river section for wilderness.

Despite this, I still loved the route and decided it was worth mapping, so it's still a very worthwhile destination.

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PostPosted: March 21st, 2018, 11:46 pm 
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Thanx. Would you say the same about campsites for the Megatawan-Noganosh map?


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PostPosted: March 22nd, 2018, 5:56 pm 
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No prob! I wouldn't say the same for the Mag-Nog map (sounds like a festive drink that you put rum in...).

There are probably a lot of unmapped sites on that one. I've personally paddled less than half of the tracks on it so a lot of it is second-hand. Wouldn't surprise me if there are a couple dozen campsites that I don't have yet, but the majority of them should be reflected.

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PostPosted: March 25th, 2018, 7:11 am 
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Thanks Jonathan for giving me your data and encouraging to make google maps with it! I've got the Grassy River loops done and am working on Magnetawan - will post that when ready.

http://www.prospector16.com/p/grassy-river.html


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