Post Number: 480
|Posted on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 9:02 pm: ||
Was camping with the family at our favourite spot on Island Lake. Because of an overabundance of TP flowers on our usual tent site (there's a thunder box there, folks!), we opted to set up our tent on the beach. Island Lake has 2 dams regulating inflow from Red Cedar Lake, but nothing regulating outflow to the Temagami River. Water levels were usual for this time of year, about 15-20 feet of exposed beach. When we awoke in the morning, the beach had shrunk by about 5 feet. I put a stick in the sand at the waterline and discovered that the levels were still rising. WE paddled down the lake to the first falls at Ed Reeb's cabin. The river was rocking there, higher than I've ever seen it. We returned to our campsite, and the waves were lapping at our tent, so we moved inland for the second night. On the morning of day 3, water levels were still rising and the beach was almost gone. I estimate that lake water levels had risen 2 feet in the 3 days we were there. We're going back Friday for a day trip and will see what has happened.
Bottom line is that if you want to run the Temagami with spring flood levels and summertime temperatures, go for it. I have no idea why the upstream dams were opened. Can anyone comment on levels in Lake Temagami?