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yellowcanoe
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Post Number: 192
Registered: 01-2010


Posted on Monday, September 9, 2019 - 8:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Not sure what the water levels are in Temagami this year, but is it safe to assume that Makobe/Banks/Graymud area will be bony, too shallow to navigate?

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eddy_turn
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Posted on Monday, September 9, 2019 - 8:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Is it not closed by OPP after the last year fires?
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yellowcanoe
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Posted on Monday, September 9, 2019 - 9:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

It was closed last year; however, my understanding is that they cleaned up it this year.
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telzah
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Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 8:57 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Not sure if this is useful, but in mid-August (2019) we parked at the Access portage into Trethewey, and went up through Cranberry Creek (not bad once on the creek) then south down the west shore of Makobe. The fire was pretty devastating but it was fascinating to see the fireweed and early regrowth already occurring. There is an intact campsite on the island between the main lake and the south arm that is pretty good. The portages and campsites in the southern route back to Trethewey have been burned out but some good soul has cleared the portages.
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eddy_turn
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Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 7:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

It was closed this June - good to know it's opened now. If somebody cleared the portages it was probably the park rangers.
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yellowcanoe
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Post Number: 194
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Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 7:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Yes, there a park announcement earlier in the summer to that effect.

Too bad, though: sounds like Makobe is mostly burned.
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rocknrolla
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Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 7:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hi Telzah,
Any chance you guys got over to the east shore of Makobe at all and saw if the main island or the old pine across from the campsite on that large island survived the fire? Was one of my favourite places in all Temagami. And, the lakes on the return to Gamble, did any of them survive the fire? Thanks so much, I've been wondering ever since last year - will need to get some time to get back there myself eventually.
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yellowcanoe
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Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 9:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Rocknrolla - Would love to know, too, whether Makobe is in decent shape. Always wanted to go there.
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telzah
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Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 10:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Coming down from the North you dont see the fire area until you are in the main body of the lake. Can't say for sure about the big island - I think it was ok but it was pretty far away and we were fighting wind, we could see the burn right down to the shore on the east side and it came right around to the south side. We went back through the South Arm and there is a campsite on the island in the channel that survived although the very close shore was burned. Taking the south route back into Trethewey the fire spared the last two (western) lakes and the campsite on the small lake on Elissa creek just south of the Trethewey 400 m portage is intact (not heavily used). The fire was just the east/south sides of Makobe except around the bottom where it crossed the river and took out several small lakes.btw the bridge into Gamble is still out. As mentioned, we parked at the portage into Trethewey.
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telzah
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Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 10:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

I would add that much (probably most) of Makobe, especially all of the north and 90% of the west have been spared.
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yellowcanoe
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Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 11:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

That's good to hear, telzah. I think I'm going to try to brave it for Sept 28 despite the low water levels. Thank for your info.
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telzah
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Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 1:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

My pleasure. Have a great trip yellowcanoe. Fall is my favourite time for tripping.
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rocknrolla
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Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 7:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Greatly appreciate the information Telzah!

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