|Photo by P199.|
My Algonquin dream expedition might go something like this. From the boat launch at the Opeongo Lake store, I would paddle approximately 13.5 k’s north, and once in the north arm of the lake, steer a course of 355 degrees for the first portage to
. This is marked variously at three portages of 175; 310, and 965 metres or on another map at 1250 metres. Proulx Lake
From the portage at Proulx lake steer 37.5 degrees for about 1.3 kilometres then turn to port and teer a course of 300 degrees. At the end of
Proulx Lake, enter the after a paddle of approx 12.6 to 14.4 k. depending on wind and waves. At the end of Proulx Lake there is a waterfall on the Crow River, and the trail to the big white pines. Crow River
This trail is about 1.5 k. in length or 3 k. overall. At 35 metres, these are the tallest trees in the park, that’s about 113.4 feet tall.
there is a series of portages, of 240; 155 and 1220 metres; then a 3 k. paddle on the Crow River, (downstream) then 385; 170; 205 and 110 metre portages. Entering Lake Laveille, there is a 16 kilometre paddle, settling on a course of SE; go around the headland; now paddle due south, and then from Hardy Bay a 90 metre portage into Dickson Lake. A four kilometer paddle on Crow River will bring the end of the trip at the 340 yr. old red spruce. Dickson Lake
The return trip retraces the path in; mostly up current on the river, and mostly into the wind on the lakes.
Very tiring. Overall, the portages amount to about 4.025 k (X2!) and the trip is over 50 kilometres, (30 miles.) I reckon at least a week to do it. Portages are the killer. Gas to get there might be $300.00. That’s a long, hard trip for a guy without the very best in equipment, a bit out of shape now, all on his own. I’m 36 years old. I may not get many more summers to attempt that trip. Just a dream. My boys are a bit young to go and such a trip is not exactly a summer vacation where the focus would be on having fun and seeing the sights.
|Range of fred spruce, Picaea Rubens in N. America.|
As for going alone, that’s a whole different ball game. The risk of injury, bad weather, broken boat. I don’t know, buddy.