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PostPosted: August 15th, 2020, 7:00 am 
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Hi, was thinking of doing #15 and wondering if anyone has any opinions or pictures on the R sites on the circuit? Would be 3 families with 7 young kids over 4 days so campsite quality is of the utmost importance. We're looking for the best beach sites, with the best swimming from shore, ie not too mucky, or stagnant/filled with lily pads. 11-05R and 11-33 are my gold standard on map 1 so far.

Day 1 to 15-15R, how is this site? Or is 15-31R better? Don't mind the extra distance

Day 2: I read 15-50R is great, and someone said 15-53 (non reservable) is even better? We usually like a short day 2 for maximum beach time so either works coming from 15-15R or 15-31R. And looks like there's some offshoot lakes to explore if looking to paddle. Someone said 15-53 doesn't have any large trees??

Day 3: To 15-82 or 10-49? Neither has a beach, is one better set up? Have good swimming rocks? More sunlight?

Any pics or opinions would be greatly appreciated :)
Thanks!


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PostPosted: August 15th, 2020, 2:22 pm 
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The R sites are for groups of at least 10 and no more than 20. You aren't eligible to use them- the reservable sites.


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PostPosted: August 15th, 2020, 2:28 pm 
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3 families with 7 young kids - that sounds like over 10 to me :-)

15-15 is a gorgeous site with a long sandy beach and the sand goes out for a long ways. In fact you have to go out pretty far to get up to your neck.

I have not been on 15-31. I have been on 11-05 and I think 15-15 is a longer beach. But 11-05 backs into the woods and the beach at 15-15 backs into a swamp.

There is limited cell phone coverage on 15-15 if you go up into the woods near the thunderbox just FYI.

Also note I recently started a facebook group for La Verendrye and there are a few people there who recently did 15

https://www.facebook.com/groups/PaddlingLaVerendrye/


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PostPosted: August 15th, 2020, 2:33 pm 
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Also in case you have not yet seen my google map of La Verendrye - you can download it into your GPS if you want

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewe ... 76222&z=15


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PostPosted: August 15th, 2020, 2:37 pm 
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10-49 I've been on a few times. There is good swimming for my type of swimming which is not a sandy beach but rather big rocks and not muddy water. There is only room at the put-in for 1 or 2 canoes so if you have a lot of canoes you'll have to take turns. Every time I've been there was with a Scout troop and 7 or 8 canoes so it takes a while to get everyone up onto shore.


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PostPosted: August 15th, 2020, 3:45 pm 
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Prospector16 wrote:
3 families with 7 young kids - that sounds like over 10 to me :-)

15-15 is a gorgeous site with a long sandy beach and the sand goes out for a long ways. In fact you have to go out pretty far to get up to your neck.

I have not been on 15-31. I have been on 11-05 and I think 15-15 is a longer beach. But 11-05 backs into the woods and the beach at 15-15 backs into a swamp.

There is limited cell phone coverage on 15-15 if you go up into the woods near the thunderbox just FYI.

Also note I recently started a facebook group for La Verendrye and there are a few people there who recently did 15

https://www.facebook.com/groups/PaddlingLaVerendrye/


Yup. Missed the three families. Read one family :rofl:


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PostPosted: August 15th, 2020, 7:41 pm 
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This time of year you should also plan for blueberries on your trip in La Verendrye. Many sites along circuit 11 have them and they will be very ripe now!


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PostPosted: August 16th, 2020, 8:46 am 
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Prospector16 wrote:
3 families with 7 young kids - that sounds like over 10 to me :-)

15-15 is a gorgeous site with a long sandy beach and the sand goes out for a long ways. In fact you have to go out pretty far to get up to your neck.

I have not been on 15-31. I have been on 11-05 and I think 15-15 is a longer beach. But 11-05 backs into the woods and the beach at 15-15 backs into a swamp.

There is limited cell phone coverage on 15-15 if you go up into the woods near the thunderbox just FYI.

Also note I recently started a facebook group for La Verendrye and there are a few people there who recently did 15

https://www.facebook.com/groups/PaddlingLaVerendrye/


Do you happen to have any pictures of 15-15? I don't think I've been to a site near a swamp before at La Verendrye, trying to imagine what it must look like. Every campsite I've ever been at was tall canopy forest


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PostPosted: August 17th, 2020, 6:49 pm 
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Just a sec I'll get you one - have to blurr out some faces first


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PostPosted: August 17th, 2020, 6:54 pm 
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This is looking right into the swamp. It doesn't look like a swamp until you have to go retrieve gear that got blown into it during the extreme thunderstorm that ripped through your camp

https://imgur.com/gallery/VH1OPrL


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PostPosted: August 17th, 2020, 6:58 pm 
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Google Satellite view also shows the swamp.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Le+Do ... -76.535345

Bing maps imagery seems better

https://www.bing.com/maps?osid=a196d659 ... orm=S00027


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PostPosted: August 19th, 2020, 6:33 am 
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Prospector16 wrote:
Google Satellite view also shows the swamp.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Le+Do ... -76.535345

Bing maps imagery seems better

https://www.bing.com/maps?osid=a196d659 ... orm=S00027


Thanks, 15-15 was booked so we booked 15-31 instead, the decision was made for me :)


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PostPosted: September 16th, 2020, 9:39 pm 
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Bummer, I missed this post. I haven't been paying attention since I can't cross the border :( I hope you had a great trip! For what it's worth, I love 15-15, you don't notice the swamp. 15-50 is the no-brainer (900m of beach!), and 15-82 is the best site in that area - roll out of your tent and do some mellow "cliff" jumping.

Dave


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