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PostPosted: June 23rd, 2020, 9:02 am 
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Hello,

In the southern section of Algonquin Park there is a creek that goes from Galeairy Lake (Access Point #13) to Lower Hay / Hay Lake (Access Point #16) named Otter Creek. According the Jeff's Maps, this is an unofficial route but I haven't found anyone who can confirm if they've ever done this or if it is passable? Trip would be in mid to late September.

Any information would be helpful. Thank you!


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PostPosted: June 24th, 2020, 11:47 am 
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Curious myself. I have thought about going from Highway 60 to Kingscote, but looks a bit rough, swampy and buggy. There are a few reports of people doing it from Lower Hay, but not from Whitney.


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PostPosted: June 25th, 2020, 6:56 am 
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Looks doable on sat photos....Jeff's map shows a port around the dam but not at the km or so of rapids at the north end. It might be possible to port around on the road to the west along with some bushwhacking. OTOH maybe there is a port or the wading as mentioned on JM won't be too much trouble.

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PostPosted: June 28th, 2020, 9:13 pm 
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Jeffrey and I did this route(Cauliflower loop) going counter clockwise - Galeairy, Prottler etc. and then north from Lower Hay and down the Otter creek and out!
Did this route in June of 2013 - so a while ago now.
Otter creek was quite nice/ scenic albeit paddling along the road into Whitney. we managed to get out through a narrow at the bridge. Can't say this could be done in September or at any time now having 7 years passed since then.
You will catch Bass in the creek.
The campsite at the dam was bleak, very open and well used by locals (it seemed).

Nice loop for 3 nights or so. I'd do it again - probably not in June though!


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PostPosted: July 10th, 2020, 4:25 pm 
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Appreciate all the information guys. If anyone has any more recent information it would be appreciated. Thanks!


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