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eddy_turn
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Post Number: 156
Registered: 03-2011


Posted on Monday, July 8, 2019 - 3:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I just attempted to access Obabika falls portage from the Sturgeon and failed. It is my understanding that portage landing is located at the bottom of a steep sandy bank at the base of falls on the Obabika, in a pool just before the Sturgeon confluence.
I was there on June 22, in relatively high water. Trying to locate the landing I waded from the Sturgeon into the pool and after some wondering in thick bush I decided that the only place for take-out is the one that I neither can reach nor see. There is a fresh big fallen tree protruding from the shore for some 10-15 meters into the current. I didn't risk paddling around this tree since the outflow from the falls was quite strong and ferrying into that flow having the tree behind me looked dangerous. May be a tandem could do it or in lower water...
I attached here a picture of the pool with the strainer tree area circled and the zoom of that area, outlining the tree trunk and sandy bank above it.

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doublebend
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Post Number: 71
Registered: 08-2006
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 6:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

That take-out has always been sketchy during high water. You need a solid understanding of how current affects your boat and the paddling skills to deal with it.
It is possible to bushwhack from a point further downstream but it's definitely not pretty.
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eddy_turn
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Post Number: 157
Registered: 03-2011


Posted on Friday, July 12, 2019 - 2:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

It's possible to bushwhack, but it's quite a jungle and to portage a boat it has to be cut through. As for the understanding - I didn't write about sketchy, but about dangerous. There's difference.
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shearjoy
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Post Number: 6
Registered: 02-2012
Posted on Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 11:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Just to update this thread for people reading it later. I went this way in late September and a trail has been cut along the top of the sand bank, extending the portage. The new takeout is where the pack is in picture 1. There was a bit of flagging tape there. The climb up is a bit steep, but doable and safe.
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eddy_turn
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Post Number: 167
Registered: 03-2011


Posted on Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 1:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks for good news!

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