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modus
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Post Number: 7
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 10:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Has anyone travelled the Chiniguchi Lake Road this year to the forks? I've never been in that way and I am curious what I would be getting into. Have a truck with good ground clearance.

Thanks for any intel.
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brian
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Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 8:38 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Where are the forks you refer to?
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modus
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Post Number: 10
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 4:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Referenced on the map here as "Fork to Button" and "Fork to Chiniguchi":
http://ottertooth.com/Temagami/Maps/heartland03c.h tm

I guess there is actually only one fork in practice.

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brian
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Posted on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 4:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I wanted to make sure. Chiniguchi Lake Lodge uses that road and they always keep it open for at least their own trucks.
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modus
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Post Number: 12
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Friday, August 4, 2017 - 2:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks very much brian! Will report back if we find anything of interest.
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mjb1
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Post Number: 30
Registered: 10-2009
Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 5:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Has anyone been on the Chiniguchi Lake Road lately? I'm planning a spring trip and have started to look at options given some limited time-off.

I am considering a short loop trip up from Chiniguchi/Dougherty/Stouffer/Sturgeon River/Button.

But that only works if I can put in near Chiniguchi as I won't have the time off to start from Matagamasi and the other option of paddling down the Sturgeon from Gervais Road would require a shuttle.

Any input would be appreciated.
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eddy_turn
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Post Number: 150
Registered: 03-2011


Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 8:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Try contacting Sportsman's lodge at Kukagami. The owner, George R., caters to snowmobiling and ATV people. It's my guess that they use the road in question and he might know an answer, if there is one - the area is still probably in winter condition.
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modus
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Post Number: 13
Registered: 05-2009
Posted on Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

The Road was passable in 2017 but you need a capable truck with good ground clearance. That little warning on the Ottertooth map is there for a reason! Some parts of the road were getting pretty rough. Watch out for ATVs. We went in the fall so the road was nice and firm, but spring conditions might be different...

If you can get there, the area you are heading to is fantastic. The backdoor route in to Kettle Falls is a must if you are in the area, IMHO. Have fun!
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mjb1
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Post Number: 31
Registered: 10-2009
Posted on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 2:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Greatly appreciate the insight. I have reached out to Sportsman's Lodge and will update if they can provide any information.

Modus - I will look into the backdoor route to add to my potential trip....hadn't considered that addition, but sounds like it may be worth it.

Thanks again and I'll update if I get any more information.
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mjb1
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Post Number: 32
Registered: 10-2009
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 8:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Just wanted to provide an update:

George was kind enough to get back to me and indicated that the road is gated by MNRF in April and stays gated until June 1st. He also indicated that right now, the road would be very wet and soft and likely impassable by car or truck.

Obviously I will have to adjust my plans - but greatly appreciate the help and suggestions.

Thanks again.

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