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Author:  sepandee [ July 28th, 2018, 5:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Haliburton Highlands: Big Hawk to Blackcat Lake

Going back to HHWT for a 2nd time, this time from Big Hawk Lake to Blackcat. I hear the northeast site on blackcat is nicer than the other one on the west side, but it was taken for one of the nights, so I booked the West site for the 1st night and the Northeast one for the 2nd night.

Anyone been there? Any good? By any chance can you comment on the campsites? Just a bit worried that there might be a lot of bugs in West campsite since it doesn't look too open and may be a bit too deep in the woods. Was in HHWT a month ago and the bugs were just too annoying.

Thanks

While I'm here, I may as well ask this: I can paddle in a relatively straight line when I paddle by myself using the J stroke, but if another paddler sits on the bow then I really, really have a hard time going straight. Any advice?

Author:  WaterHunter [ July 28th, 2018, 8:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Haliburton Highlands: Big Hawk to Blackcat Lake

Is the person in the bow much heavier than you?

Author:  jjcanoe [ July 28th, 2018, 9:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Haliburton Highlands: Big Hawk to Blackcat Lake

One site is great the other is a bit rough and a bit of a climb to get to from the waters edge. Been about 5 years since I've been there. Fantastically beautiful lake though.

Author:  open_side_up [ July 28th, 2018, 10:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Haliburton Highlands: Big Hawk to Blackcat Lake

According to Jeff's Algonquin Map, (yes, it includes HHWT routes as well, Black Cat is a meromictic lake, meaning the water layers are stratified and never mix. The top layer has fish and the bottom layer has unique single cell organisms ... of the few lakes of this nature in the entire world.

Take your mask and snorkel for a dive in Clear Lake. Very Killarney-esque. To bad for the cottages.

Author:  sepandee [ July 29th, 2018, 1:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Haliburton Highlands: Big Hawk to Blackcat Lake

WaterHunter wrote:
Is the person in the bow much heavier than you?

No, it's my girlfriend. Much lighter than me...

Author:  sepandee [ July 29th, 2018, 1:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Haliburton Highlands: Big Hawk to Blackcat Lake

jjcanoe wrote:
One site is great the other is a bit rough and a bit of a climb to get to from the waters edge. Been about 5 years since I've been there. Fantastically beautiful lake though.

Only a bit rough, I hope :)

Author:  Sam82 [ July 29th, 2018, 4:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Haliburton Highlands: Big Hawk to Blackcat Lake

I've been in the frost center the past two weekends....bugs are not bad at all. I used a bit of bug spray, did not need bug shelter at all. Blackcat Lake sounds really nice.

Have fun!

I'm headed back this long weekend! We have two nights on Gun Lake booked.

Author:  sepandee [ July 29th, 2018, 8:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Haliburton Highlands: Big Hawk to Blackcat Lake

Sam82 wrote:
I've been in the frost center the past two weekends....bugs are not bad at all. I used a bit of bug spray, did not need bug shelter at all. Blackcat Lake sounds really nice.

Have fun!

I'm headed back this long weekend! We have two nights on Gun Lake booked.

I went to Gun Lake last week. Had a lot of fun. The portage from Raven was really rough with the bugs. We stayed on the West campsite. IT was open but we weren't getting any wind, and it was during the heatwave, so very warm, and pretty buggy.

But we had a great time, and it's so easy to catch smallies there that it's just silly--you catch them even when you don't want ot.

Author:  Sam82 [ July 30th, 2018, 8:31 am ]
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Glad you had fun! This will be my wife's first camping experience so I'm pumped for that. Will be us and two of our dogs.

Maybe I have pretty low bug expectations because I thought they were less then mild. I will use your description to prepare for my wife's comfort haha.

Enjoy!!!

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