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AUGUST 16, 2002

Bear hunting season opens

Fall bear-hunting season has opened in the Temagami region. It runs August 15 to October 15.

   MORE INFO:  Bear Hunt Advisory  

AUGUST 16, 2002

Canoe museum expands website

The Canadian Canoe Museum, which houses the world's largest collection of canoes and kayaks, has upgraded its website, adding lots of new material. The Peterborough-based museum holds a birch-bark canoe and a Bill Smith canoe from Temagami. Smith founded the Temagami Canoe Company.

  WEBSITE:  Canadian Canoe Museum  

AUGUST 6, 2002

MNR under investigation for illegal clear-cutting

The Ministry of Environment will investigate illegal clear-cutting by the Ministry of Natural Resources, say environment groups. The groups' press release says the ministry "routinely permits logging companies to clear-cut thousands of hectares of Ontario's crown forests contrary to provincial forestry laws."

Sierra Legal Defence Fund and Earthroots requested the investigation. Temagami is one of the areas of the province that will be a focus of the investigation. In Temagami an area larger than 8,500 football fields may have been illegally cut.

  BACKGROUND:  Illegal clear-cutting in Temagami 

AUGUST 5, 2002

Canoeists trespass at Obabika cabin

Canoeists, intentionally or inadvertently, cross private property at the bottom of Obabika Lake to get to the lake, and some have camped on the property, says the owner. 

"I have to clean up human excrement, beer bottles, litter," says William Ball, the property owner. "People have parked on my doorstep. One group camped on my driveway and I couldn't get out."

Trying to access from the road

For a period in the late 1980s and early 1990s, after a road was constructed, the property had no buildings. Hunters, anglers and canoeists took advantage to gain easy access to the lake. A cabin was built in 1995, but people continued to trespass. The owner put up a gate. This upset many locals who accessed the lake with boats, but without a boat ramp they stopped coming. 

   BACKGROUND:  Gate vandalized   Gate protest   More protests

A few canoeists continue to access the lake. They park outside the gate and portage across the property. This was exacerbated by a trip report on the Web describing the access.

On the wrong portage

Many inadvertently portage across the property when they take the wrong portage route between Obabika and Emerald lakes. When coming from Pond Lake canoeists take an old truck portage instead of the canoe portage. Those coming from Obabika land on Balls' property in search of the trail.

Ball has a solution. He has cut a portage around his property for canoeists traveling between Emerald and Obabika. In two or three weeks, he says, he will have signs on it.

Access for canoeists to Obabika Lake coming by road is now through the Goulard Gate on the west side of Obabika.

   ROUTE INFO:  Obabika access 

AUGUST 2, 2002

Police marine patrols expanded

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has expanded its water patrols this summer and increased boat inspections for compliance with Canadian Coast Guard regulations. Canoes too, are being inspected for sufficient lifejackets, bailers, etc.

Although the Temagami detachment has one boat, which is stationed on Lake Temagami, the provincial SAVE Team has been making periodic patrols with its own boat and has patrolled Cassels Lake.

  CANOEISTS'  INFO:  Regulations for canoes

  WEBSITECanadian Coast Guard Boating Guide

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