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PostPosted: May 26th, 2019, 10:12 pm 

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I'm planning a trip on the Spanish River this summer, the train schedule and available time mean the 70 km from Sinker to the Elbow is a bit short and the 110 km from Bisco to the Elbow is a bit long, so I'm looking for options and wonder if anyone has info on two ideas I have:
1. I might paddle the East branch from Duke to about km 120 and then head upstream on the Snake River about 4km to join the West Branch of the Spanish. Has anyone done this? Is the current strong? Any rapids able to be lined? Portage trails around difficult upstream stretches? Does the quality of whitewater on the West Branch between Snake River and the Forks make the trip worthwhile? (If they meet at the forks, the only extra elevation enjoyed on the way down has to be earned on the way up).
2. Instead of doing the 18km of lake paddling on Biscotasing, I'm wondering about a possible shortcut that would follow a trickle of water and ponds that links the two arms of Biscotasking Lake. It's essentially a 4km shortcut that goes due east from the Biscotasing town area, to the Biscotasi dam. A peek at the map should make it obvious what I'm after. Has anyone pushed through there? Google earth is low resolution for the area. I'm wondering if the beavers have pooled enough water to make it viable, even if it's a slog.

Any input welcome.

PostPosted: May 27th, 2019, 8:41 am 
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Ontario's Make a topographic map has a much better image than google earth ... cale=en-US
Accept the disclaimer
zoom in to the area you want.
Click on map layers
click on select map layers
Slide the Topographic toggle to the left and you will see the sat. image.
You can actually go in quite close.
The map site can be finicky sometimes. (does not work right).
Also pm Erhard Kraus both through here or facebook as he paddle extensively throughout the region.

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PostPosted: May 29th, 2019, 8:20 pm 
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Location: Hamilton, Ontario

I paddled from Bisco down the west branch to the Snake and crossed over to the East Branch many moons ago ... but it's easily doable.
Once you're up out of First Lake its a piece of cake.

But why don't you give us some more info ...
How many people?
How many vehicles?
How many days are you planning?

I've done the Spanish five times so maybe I can help.


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