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PostPosted: January 19th, 2020, 11:11 am 
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An internet search of the carries from McWade Lake to Lower Wabakimi Lake yields some interesting results:

2002: We carried over two portages into McWade Lake and paddled its length (10 km) only to find that there was no way to get through the north end into Lower Wabakimi Lake. The outfitter's maps showed 2 portages. After checking 1 km on either side of the location, we gave up and paddled back down the lake putting us behind by a day.

2014: Completed a 197m P that joins onto a P from Roberts (lake) and another 250m P to a pond. These trails look cleared this year but still nice and narrow with little travel. A short 1 M, 10m then 76m and 143m down a creek to enter Lower Wabakimi Lake. 

2017: It took some creativity to portage to Lower Wabakimi. Much of one portage was wading half a mile in a flat bottomed creek, towing one pack at a time in our canoe. Ten foot natural "dam" was a tricky but short portage. Final portage was a goat hill and what was supposed to be the last one did not exist.

Anybody carried those portages, especailly lately?


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PostPosted: January 19th, 2020, 11:51 am 
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I found myself another reference to these portages from KGD right here on CCR. Glad to see they didn't seem to really have any problems:

2018: We left Elf via the north through 3 portages and a stream system into Lower Wabakimi. Water was low in the streams and we had to get out and wade with the canoe for about half a km in one section. We sat in water of the last set of rapids at the 207 m portage just before lower Wabakimi. We entered the portage at the first blaze marking. However, this was a newer part of the trail and quite a bit messy with blowdown. It turns out we could have circumvented this part and paddled a bit further around some branches in the water to take out at the start of the older section of the trail. Oh well, lesson learned.


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