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PostPosted: June 8th, 2005, 1:05 pm 
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Just back from paddling the Sturgeon River from Paul Lake to Wawiagama Lake - much as described by Kevin Callan in one of his books. Some observations:

1. The road/trail from the end of the Queen's own Highway # 805 to Wawiagama Lake was rough but passable for my '05 Jetta wagon. This could change seasonally depending largely upon rainfall.

2. The Sturgeon and Obabika Rivers and Wawiaagama Creek were lower than I would normally have expected for the first week of June. Don't think I'd want to attempt this trip in July or August water levels.

3. Fly-in to Paul Lake was interesting as our pilot from Lakeland Airways dropped us first in Solace Lake, about 6 Km away from our intended destination. His mistake was soon acknowledged and we were transported to Paul Lake. Pilot's first trip to Paul Lake.

4. MNR is now collecting $7.50/person/night for staying in Sturgeon River Provincial Park. I think the fee is a bit on the high side when compared with what our group of 6 would have paid had we chosen to stay in a car accessible campground with all of the amenities. However, the $135 fee for 3 nights in the park would have had better value had all the portages been marked; had the portage trails been well maintained and if the campsites had been free of both recent and 20 year old garbage; and finally if the campsite and portage signs were large enough to be spotted by ageing eyes from a rerasonable distance.
As it was, we felt that the services (as noted above) were not in keeping with what we had come to expect in other backcountry trips in Provincial or National Parks such as Algonquin, Lake Superior and Pukaskwa. In a nutshell, the fee charged didn't relate to services rendered in other provincial and national parks. We do acknowledge that access is difficult and costly, but...........!javascript:emoticon(':tsk:')

5. Beautiful trip with constantly changing scenery. As with our other trips in the general Temagami area, we saw very little sign of large mammals such as deer, bear or moose. Lots of geese and ducks on the rivers and creek.

6. At our water levels, the rapids were either unrunnable or were C1 or swifts; so not a particularly challenging white water trip. Some of the portages were challenging enough!

7. The portage from the confluence of the Obabika and Sturgeon Rivers upstream on the Obabika has had a section washed into the river right at the start. The portage parallels the Obabika all the way u[ eside the rapids. If you do the trip, don't be tempted to take the portage that starts out at right angles to the Obabika - that one will only take you about 500m downstream on the Sturgeon River.javascript:emoticon(':oops:')

All in all, a very nice trip; the 24th annual for our Derelict Canoe Club.


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