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mattcull
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Registered: 04-2017
Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 8:52 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hi, looking to access the sturgeon river one of two ways. Either by gervais Rd or coming up by river valley (pass yorston lake). I've taken the trail to yorston but not pass to the sturgeon. We're hoping to get to kettle falls. We're going on May long weekend. Any word on the condition of the trails would be great!
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brian
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Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 8:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

The road to Yorston Lake is only accessible by ATV. The Gervais is open.

If Kettle is your sole destination I would drive to Button Lake and paddle up through Frederick and the Backdoor route.
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mattcull
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Registered: 04-2017
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 9:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Brian,

First let me say that the maps are awesome!!

Do you know if you can access the sturgeon rive by atv taking the trail that goes pass yorston lake? I'm concerned about crossing pilgrim creek (I think that the right name)
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gsmith
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Registered: 04-2008
Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 11:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Brian,

With respect to Button Lake and the Chiniguchi Lake Road access, how rough is rough? I understand that much is dependent on road conditions that can only be known at the time, but would something with AWD like a Honda CRV be okay or is that just insanity?

And within the next couple of weeks, too.

I'm more concerned about ground clearance than anything. Thoughts?

Geoff
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mattcull
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Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 3:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clg1bsB74Gg

I found this video, they cross a bridge, which they say is the pilgrim bridge. I believe the video starts on the trail which is just south of Yorston. If you were to take a right turn 1 min earlier you would go up towards Yorston. Later in the video after they cross the bridge you can see the trials off to the left that goes to the sturgeon river.
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janik
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Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 4:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

The video does start just after the Yorston trail. I haven't been up there in a long time but if I remember correctly that water crossing in the video is actually just a pond, levels are probably high at this time of year but it is a solid bottom (no mud). After you cross the Pilgrim Bridge, left will bring you to the Sturgeon at the Pilgrim confluence, just below the rapids on the Sturgeon. If you go right after the bridge and take the first Y (approx 17:15 in the video) to the left, this trail will bring you to the Sturgeon as well but way closer to Kettle. I have never done this but I think it's about three miles going up river to get to Kettle Falls from there.
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brian
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Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

The road is fine to Paradise Lake Road. From there to the Fork it deteriorates and is very slow. Do not take a sedan in. If you have high clearance and you drive carefully you should be fine. The Fork to Button is fine.

http://www.ottertooth.com/Temagami/Maps/heartland0 3c.htm
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brian
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Posted on Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Let me add, a shorter wheel base always helps on these roads. Now you are early in the season, so that is an unpredictable factor.

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