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red_pine
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Registered: 08-2014
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 8:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

A few days relaxing on Evelyn Lake in early August. Spent a morning trying to figure out the best way to get between the creek to the north and Evelyn Lake.

One can paddle Laura Creek south of the logging road until it makes a sharp, easterly turn and flows over a bedrock drop. Sometimes there is a beaver dam in this place.

You can choose to do a short portage over this rock, and paddle/wade downstream to what we call Muck Lake.
Or, you can take a well-worn portage at the south end of Laura Creek, which continues due south. This also ends up at Muck Lake.

No matter the water levels, Muck Lake is always a challenge to cross. It quickly becomes too thick to paddle and too thin to walk...being at least a paddle-length depth of saturated peatmoss.

Whether you arrive from the very shallow/gravelly creek or via the portage, Muck Lake CAN be paddled. Take the wider arc, not the straight line of thin water.

Alternately, if you wade down the gravelly creekbed, it might be possible to carry your stuff ( I dare not say portage here...) along the edge of drying up wetland on the east side of Muck Lake (at current water levels). You can easily see the start of the actual portage to the south from either beginning point.

The last portage into Evelyn Lake is also used by ATVs. Stay parallel to the creek. Unfortunately, with the current water level on Evelyn, the ATVs have really mucked up the south end of the portage. Your feet are going to get wet. You have to walk through 50 meters of boggy-ness to get to back to the creek. The creek at this point is filled with beautiful fragrant white lilies.

Checked the Ottertooh map when we got home...it is the most accurate currently available.

Enjoy Evelyn Lake!
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brian
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Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 11:19 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

I am a little confused as to your description. Can you upload a map?
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red_pine
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Posted on Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 1:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Eliminate the first line of the post...and the description STARTS from Laura Lake, heading south.

Just at the south end of the 130 portage, cross the road and continue paddling south on the creek, as per the map http://ottertooth.com/Temagami/Sites/chini6.htm

That pond on to the west is what we call Muck Lake.




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brian
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Posted on Monday, September 1, 2014 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Is Muck Lake the water in pink?

Does the green line represent the portage into Muck?
How long is the portage?

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