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doublebend
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Post Number: 52
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Monday, July 4, 2016 - 10:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

There's a new portage on the South Lady Evelyn River. A large log jam blocking the river about a kilometer upstream from the only campsite on the upper SLER requires a 60-meter portage river-right.
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jonebgood
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Post Number: 35
Registered: 06-2010


Posted on Monday, July 4, 2016 - 6:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Is that up or downstream from the confluence with the Florence River?
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doublebend
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Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 8:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Way upstream from Florence River.
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brian
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Post Number: 1753
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Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 8:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Can you post a map?
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jonebgood
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Post Number: 36
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Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 1:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

A bit off the topic of this thread:
In 2 weeks I am planning to travel from Gamble/Chance Lake to Florence Lake via the NLER and SLER. Should I expect any difficult travelling upstream on the lower SLER from the Forks to White Rock Rapids?
Water levels lower than normal?
Enough water to float my boat?
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mcon99
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Registered: 02-2015


Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 7:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I'm guessing he means somewhere in this area (orange circle/arrow)


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doublebend
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Post Number: 56
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Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 7:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

It's on the sharp bend as indicated on the map below.
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brian
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Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 10:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks, doublebend.
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brian
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Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 10:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

joneBgood, close enough topic that I will say no one can predict the water levels. However, even in the lowest waters over the last 2 decades, that stretch has remained navigable, even if barely. In low water the meanders on the South Lady E are the problem, requiring some walking and dragging along the sandy bottom.
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mjb1
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Post Number: 28
Registered: 10-2009
Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 10:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks for the information doublebend. I am heading in that area towards the end of July - expecting a very long day/day and a half to get through the SLER from Whitemud to Florence given current conditions.

If you passed that way, any update on recent conditions would be appreciated.
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brian
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Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 10:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

doublebend, is there a trail around the logjam or is it a bushwhack?
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doublebend
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Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 4:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

mjb1, we passed through there in late May, so reasonable water levels although we did have to portage around the log bridge by the portage to the Smoothwater-Scarecrow route. Was able to float over everything else with the odd step out of the boat. I think it'll be a lot more work in July....
There's also a bit of a contest running on that stretch of river. Keep your eyes peeled for a bent-shaft paddle, maybe lying on the river bank (not sure which side) somewhere between the cobble channel (you'll recognize the spot when you see it) and the mouth of Jerry Creek. There's a handsome reward for the sharp-eyed finder.

Brian, there's a rough trail marked with orange tape around the jam.
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canotmaitre
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Post Number: 16
Registered: 06-2007


Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 12:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hello Brian, I have a GPX file locating the logjam and portage. This should work in most GPS programs and Google Earth.

application/octet-stream
SLER Logjam Portage.gpx (3.6 k)
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canotmaitre
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Post Number: 17
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Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 3:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

And here is how it looks on the topo map:
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brian
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Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 9:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

I've updated the Smoothwater map. Thanks.

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