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preacher
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Post Number: 40
Registered: 09-2007
Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 3:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Checking out the new maps and boy-howdy does that look like a good route.

Planning stage.
Put in at Matagamasi
Take Marjorie option
Cross over to Sturgeon at either Kettle Falls or Stouffer Lake
Down Sturgeon to Maskinonge
Back to the car

Doable in 7 days? Mostly curious about the river section, I've been on rivers that are triple the paddle distance compared to map distance.

Honestly no WW experience, would portage the fast stuff & maybe play in it.

Thanks to Ed, glanced over his TR.
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alscool
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Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 4:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Lower Sturgeon is a sight to be seen. You will know you are there when you paddle around the corner and see the back of your canoe! I often wondered if it would be quicker to port over the longer meanders. The biggest spectacle are the massive logs and root systems half buried in the deep sandy bends.
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ed
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Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 6:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Preacher:
I passed by the Sturgeon River at Cowboy La Belles on Tuesday May 19th and it was still filled to the brim and almost over it's banks.That means that upstream where you are planning to enter will be a seathing turbulent mass of water at this time.
If you are planning to go later in the season it should be OK. But right now would make for a difficult trip.
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hillbilly
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Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 7:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Welcome back Ed.
Did everything go OK on the Communication side. If so send me the number.

Bill
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ed
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Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 8:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hillbilly:
Internet connection OK. Phone connection still a problem.
I will email stuff out next week if we get the phone thing done this weekend.
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ed
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Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 8:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Preacher:
I think that 7 days would be pushing it a bit for Stauffer.The area around Pilgrim has about 10 portages and that is a long day with little mileage.
You could try to shorten the trip by crossing over at Halleck Creek above Upper Goose.That would save a few days.
From Upper Goose to the Kelly crossover is a fairly long day on a meandering part of the river with only one portage around Lower Goose Falls.You might want to look at the portaging on that shorter route to see if it would fit a bit better with your available time.
Just a thought....
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hillbilly
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Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 9:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks Ed. Send me the e-mail address at the house.

Bill
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preacher
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Posted on Friday, May 22, 2009 - 1:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I think I'm going to put this off for next year and plan 12 days. Take my time.

Looking at mid June or later for the trip. I do not want to be on the river during high water.

Yeah, gotta love those hairpin turn rivers. Been on a few and felt discouraged when looking at real progress over distance paddled.
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ed
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Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2009 - 7:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Preacher: 12 days would give you a much better trip.
You might want to spend a full day on Wolf Lake on the high rock campsite for instance and Dougherty is one of the prettiest lakes in the area with a small campsite on the island in the south end.

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