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campheiden
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Post Number: 12
Registered: 05-2013


Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 - 11:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

looking at another trip for this summer......Anybody tips or pointers on this trip.. hows the FARM CREEK PORTAGE between the lakes? ON Island lake.....fishing? campsites??? also option to go around to Mytrle lake.... Dutton lake.... Ely lake.... Wolf lake and back????? thanks and keep your paddle in the water..... Campheiden
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brian
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Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 8:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Are you referring to Wawiashkashi Lake?
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campheiden
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Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 8:50 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

it was dark and late and a few single malts, so could be ... eh?
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brian
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Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 9:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Besides Wolf, where are the other lakes in relation to Wawiashkashi? I am not familiar with them or with the portage called Farm Creek.
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jonebgood
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Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 9:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

This route is NOT in Temagami, but just north of Parry Sound in the Magnetawan River area. We have canoed this route in 2013 from Lake Wahwashkesh up Farm Creek to Island Lake. We also canoed the loop -Myrtle lake to Dutton lake to Ely lake to Wolf lake and back to Island Lake. It is very pretty spot.

There are lots of trip reports on MYCCR forum of this area.



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campheiden
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Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 - 1:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

do you recommend it Jonebegood? how Long did it take for the farm creek portage? any suggestions?
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jonebgood
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Posted on Monday, July 6, 2015 - 2:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

We definitely enjoyed this area. Our trip was near the end of July but we didn’t see very many canoeists on this route nor on Island lake. For us it was a paddle in, set up base camp, paddle out type of trip. We spent all 4 nights on one campsite (SW corner of Tower Island) and did day trips from there. Island Lake is beautiful, but has a few fishing camps and cabins mostly towards the north end of the lake. A float plane dropped in and out once per day, and a few “tin” fishing boats puttered around, but they were always far away so it didn’t bother us.

We parked and put in at Bennett’s Bay Marina. We needed to purchase a parking permit from them. Lake Wawashkesh has lots of cottages and boats but we paddled mid-week so it was rather quiet. The lake can get quite windy and wavy.

Farm Creek is not a portage, but a creek with a few short portages and 6 or 7 beaver dams to cross. From Bennett’s Bay to Island Lake is 15 km / 750 m total portage, and took us about 4 hrs to 5 hrs. It was quicker on the return because we could “paddle” down some of the beaver dams.
We did a day trip loop from Island Lake thru Myrtle, Dutton, Ely and Wolf – 12 km paddle / 2380 m total portage. We found some of the portage trails hard to find and ended up bushwacking a few of them.

We tried to paddle Upper Farm Creek to the Loon Lakes but turned around before getting there, because the beaver dam/water level “ladder” made for a lot of dragging in the mud.

The deer and horse fly population was very heavy in spots.

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campheiden
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Posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 2:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

thanks, good report.... cheers! Scott
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fletch
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Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 2:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Many thanks for the report and pictures of the route. I'm thinking of planning a route around there for next year. This will be a great help!

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