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PostPosted: July 18th, 2006, 2:08 pm 
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Jeff and I (Leesa) hence "Jeesa" just completed this loop in 11 1/2 days. Believe Hap when he says its a hard loop. Lots of strenuous portages!

Our first day on Temagami we hit a huge windstorm which created huge ocean like swells. We were pretty much paddling our asses off, and not going anywhere except backwards! That was a very hard day to start off the "vacation".
The most interesting portages were the Fat Man's Squeeze and the Bridal Falls portages. Wow talk about straight up the rock face both times. Rock climbing abilities sure came in handy!

We did it backwards starting at Lake Temagami to Diamond (the long portage twice!), actually every portage twice, Lady Evelyn River (South Channel) Florence Lake, Bluesucker, down Yorston River, down Sturgeon River, Obabika River, Obabika Lake and Inlet, back to Lake Temagami. Yorsten River was also longer and tougher than we thought. Lots of unrunable rapids that we had to track and mostly just wade through, and huge log blockages. Another month earlier and those rapids would have been a blast to run, making the round trip alot faster. Some portages way back in we had to remake ourselves as there is obviously not alot of traffic that far out. Other portages had been destroyed by storms, etc, with lots of big trees which had fallen all over the trail making it almost impassible in spots. And some were hard to find from the waters edge. Thank God for Hap's map off the internet. They were better than any map we brought as it described everything.

You could really tell when we we started and ended in Temagami, as the campsites were more polluted by uncaring people. People really have to learn how to be more clean with their bodily waste!

There was a beautiful site on Florence that we should have stayed a couple of days, as we were the only ones on the whole lake other than a float plane that landed to check on something. Which was kind of cool! Also since we shouldn't have pushed ourselves as hard mid-trip, and ended up coming out earlier than we would have liked, we stayed 2 nights on a really pretty island campsite on the Obabika Outlet and relaxed in the sun and did some great fishing.

We do Adventure Racing, so if your looking for a real adventure (which by the way we call "vacation"!), and are willing to do long hard hours on the water for over 11 days....by all means try this loop.

The biggest treat ever was coming back to Temagami Lake from the Obabika Outlet, we canoed upon a hamburger/french fry shack right on the water. Talk about an OASIS!!! We were only a few km's from our truck but we pulled in and wolfed down a cheeseburger, fries, and COLD pop!!! Wow what a dream after eating dried food, porridge, and pasta for over 11 days, and still hungry when we crawled in our tent at night!

Leesa and Jeff


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PostPosted: July 18th, 2006, 2:39 pm 
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Welcome aboard Temagami Trippers, Lessa 8)

I have done the Yorston River both up and down, spring and fall. What an experience being of the beaten track!

Where did you camp from Bluesucker to Upper Goose ?

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PostPosted: July 19th, 2006, 8:13 am 
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We stayed at a campsite just past Bluesucker. It was above a really pretty falls. Nice site. Our plan was to make it to the Upper Goose site, but the Yorston was tougher and longer than we thought, with I think 4 huge log jams and totally unrunable rapids and after almost 12 hours we stayed on a sandbank for the night. When we paddled out the next morning we realized that we were actually a short paddle away from Upper Goose and probably could have made it. But kinda of glad we didn't as the Upper Goose area was pretty busy with camp kids. Our sandbank site was nice, quite and private!!!
We could not find the sand site on Hap's map as there are alot of them on all the corners of the Yorston. Any one of these sites would make a good camp.

How is the Yorston in the Spring? Some of those rapids must be a blast to actual run them!

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PostPosted: July 19th, 2006, 8:49 am 
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Call me crazy but we paddled up the river in spring and down in the fall. Not the best plan. In spring there was lots of water but the flow was a constant battle. In the fall the river was so low that the upper section was one big wade and portage, while the lower section there was just enough water to float the canoes.


We camped at the same site with the small falls and also had trouble finding a suitable spot on the lower Yorston and camped on a gravel bed on one of the meanders.

Haps route discription was vague. The logging camp he refers to is now almost completely gone as years have passed and the forest has reclaimed the area.

Here is a link to a previous Yorston River thread with some pictures of low water.


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PostPosted: July 19th, 2006, 9:03 am 
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Great Pics. Yes your right. We were a little confused when we couldn't see the logging camp, which was why we were further down than we thought. The 3 big log jams mentioned were also alot further, or they were newer than his map.
Oh Well...still was a blast and a trip that will not be forgotten!


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