July 2006 - Algonquin Park
Time: 8 nights
Access Point: Magnetawan Lake
Route: Daisy, Moccasin, Misty, Misty, Timberwolf, Little Misty,
Little Trout, Ralph Bice
group consisted of the March Family (Bryan, Laurie & Tobias)
and the Lauzons (Claude and Shelley). We intended to meet a
friend near the end of the trip.
plan was to start out from Daisy Lake and spend one night on
each lake in our route with an extra night at Misty Lake.
arrived early at Kearney and got our permits. The Park Warden
gave us a tip on how we could paddle through one area without
having to do the portage.
made it to Daisy Lake fairly early and got set up just before
the rain came. We were on a fairly nice site at the North end
of the island and we sat under the tarps talking well into the
morning weather was very nice. I photographed the old saw blade
we found on the site. It was about four feet across. Then we
headed up to the portage that would take us into the Petawawa
River as we started our journey to Moccasin Lake. At one point
we had to lift over a beaver dam and my feet were covered in
the smallest leeches I had ever seen and one good sized leech
too. Along the way we saw a cow moose and her calf browsing
on the river's edge.
Lake turned out to be a great little spot with only two sites
to choose from though. We chose the site on the peninsula mostly
because the take-out was a little bit nicer.
awoke to another nice morning. Actually Shelley woke us up very
early because there was a cow moose near the thunderbox. We
went back to sleep for a bit and then packed up. The plan was
to travel through Bandit, Wenona and Muslim Lakes to reach Misty
Lake where we would spend two nights. We paddled right past
the portage on Bandit Lake and only saw it when we turned around
to come back. At Muslim Lake there is a pretty cascade.
980m portage from Muslim into Misty was actually 1035m according
to the portage sign. The trail was relatively flat though. Bryan
twisted his ankle during his trip across the portage and he
bruised his arm pretty good too. When we arrived at Misty Lake
there was a strong breeze and some good waves. We made our way
down to a site on the large peninsula where we spent two nights.
The site was on a good hill but was a great spot to view the
was our rest day on Misty Lake. Time to do some laundry, eat
some food, and just hang out. This also gave Bryan a chance
to recover from his injury.
we were getting ready to leave Misty Lake Tobias played by writing
his name in the sand.
day was very cool and overcast. We headed to the 120m portage
that would take us into Timberwolf Creek and eventually to Timberwolf
Creek was interesting. There were lots of water lillies and
even the watershield was in flower. There were two liftovers
that we had to negotiate too.
our way down Timberwolf Lake we spotted a nesting Loon so we
stopped to take some photos. She didn't seem too worried about
arrived at our site on Timberwolf Lake where we had our own
little beach. Too bad it was so cold and windy that we didn't
feel like swimming.
relatively easy day had been planned. We were heading to Little
Misty Lake. The weather started out cold and chilly but then
it turned out to be a very beautiful day. We arrived at Little
Misty Lake in good time and we went swimming with some of the
biggest Cisco Claude said he had ever seen. Tobias got his first
leech too. For dinner I made a curried rice dish (Bryan snuck
a photo of me). We camped right at the edge of the site. This
was the only site on Little Misty and it wasn't too bad.
woke up to a gorgeous sunrise. This was another beautiful day
and very hot compared to what it had been. We cooked a big breakfast
of baked beans with homemade bacon and cheddar biscuits, after
all we would need the energy for the 2420m portage we were about
to do. Thankfully the portage was mostly flat. On the way Bryan
saw a bull moose and then later a cow moose with her calf. When
Tobias and I reached the cow and calf we had an interesting
experience. The calf came bounding towards us until it was only
about eight feet away. Mother moose called him back and then
blocked the trail for several minutes. Just as I opened the
Pelican case to get my camera the mama and baby headed off into
the woods. Tobias did a great job on the big portage to Queer
Lake. He decided to have a nap wrapped in Bryan's life jacket
until the rest of the group finished the carry.
found a great site on Little Trout Lake where the fire pit was
almost on the water. There was a good rock shelf with a steep
drop off for swimming and the sitting area around the fire pit
faced the sunset. We had a good time swimming and such. Bryan
did some more laundry. We were supposed to meet my friend Dave
today but we couldn't find him. The cookies I brought to make
for him sure tasted good.
slept in a little as there wouldn't be a lot of travel. Tobias
helped hold the canoe while we loaded it. The rest of Little
Trout Lake was very pretty and we had another sunny day.
winds started to pick up as we got on Ralph Bice Lake and we
pulled over on a site to have lunch. Then we made our way to
a campsite to stay for the night. Upon reaching the site we
noticed that someone had left an unpoened can of chilli. Bryan
put it in his pack to pack out. It was fairly choppy so the
site would have to do. Later on we were visited by the Park
Warden that we met at the permit office. The campers who had
been on that site before us had also left a fire going. Thankfully
another group had put the fire out and reported the incident
to the Warden when the saw him.
still hadn't found Dave. Upon my return to civilization I found
out that the group who put out the fire was Dave's group and
that they had camped a mere two sites away from us when we were
on Ralph Bice Lake.
Shelley and Claude pumped water at the edge of the lake and
Shelley finally got a leech. Tobias made a fishing pole out
of a piece of deadfall and some line that he found on the site.
I took some photos of the moonrise. Shelley told Tobias stories
by the campfire and we all went to bed early so that we could
get a quick start in the morning.
woke up at 5:35 am to one of the most spectacular sunrises I
had ever seen. I took some pictures of the sunrise and of the
didn't mean for everyone else to get up that early but next
thing I knew it was 7 am and we were paddling out. We had a
great breakfast in Huntsville and headed home.
was a good thing we left early too. Upon arriving back in Guelph
at 3:30 pm we discovered that Bryan had to be in the US for
work by Monday morning. It was a great trip and I can hardly
wait to go again.