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PostPosted: February 29th, 2012, 3:33 pm 

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First time on the site and after reading a few logs, I figured I should relay some tidbits about a recent spring trip (2011) to get people thinking of this year's routes...

We started this trip the first weekend of May last spring and went from Opeongo through Dickson, up Lavieille, down the Crow, hooking up to the Pet and finally pulling out just before Travers. This was done over 4 days and my biggest regret is that we didn't set aside more time for fishing and exploring.

-Always take the Taxi service across Opeongo (worth every penny).

-5km portage into Dickson is long but no heart attack hills.

-lots of speckles in Dickson.

-lots of lakers in Lavieille.

-Dickson and Lavieille are two of the best lakes in the park, camp on them if you ever get a chance.

-lots of speckles in the Crow river.

-Downstream river running is the way to go, we met a group travelling the opposite direction, it's no fun at all.

-most of the portages on this section of the Crow are close to shore so at high water the trails tend to be submerged (waist deep coming into Lavaque).

-lots of runnable rapids along the Crow before the junction with White Partridge creek. The problem is its small and twisty, lots of blind turns with sweepers waiting for you and not much in the way of a shoreline to scout ahead.

-Two crazy french guys passed us (almost running with the canoe) trying to go down the Crow, up White Partridge creek then all the way back into Dickson....we met them coming back the way they came later in the day, the current was so strong and the alders so thick on White Partridge, they gave up!

-At high water, the scene along the 2km portage after the junction will blow you away; it's one, almost un-interrupted, 1.5km whitewater cascade, with ledge after ledge after ledge. We got to see this while camping on the trail under a full moon.

-The remaining whitewater after the 2km portage is all runnable as well, with a little scouting for the last one before the falls.

-Falls are pretty.

-We had a few beginners on the trip so running most of the rapids along this section of the Pet was out of the question (MacDonald's in particular), highly recommend camping at the site just below Devil's chute, great spot.

-We jumped out at the rail bed before the Temptations, where our vehicles were waiting, (including some still cold beer as a surprise).

-Fun trip! needs more time!

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