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sblakeley
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Post Number: 7
Registered: 03-2016
Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2020 - 5:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I am looking to do a loop from Rabbit Lake through the Matabitchuan River to Four Bass Lake and down through Cooper/Maxam Lake back down to Rabbit Lake. My question is how navigable the Matabitchuan River is this time of year. I don't mind wading but if it is shallow and stoney that might be a problem.

Also, I notice there are several portage options to get into the River from Rabbit Lake including a 90 m and 1000 m and two 400m. Is there one that is recommended?
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edalgorf
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Post Number: 15
Registered: 03-2018
Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2020 - 10:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hi

I did this section as part of a larger trip 3 years ago in the second week of August; however we stopped at Glasford.

The Matabitchuan is extremely beautiful and was a pleasant surprise. The rapids were very bony and were either a bump and grind or a portage. I would not expect any real whitewater.

We came in through Outlet Bay and did the 90m portage. We attempted to do the 1000m portage but could not find the put-in off of the ATV trail and ended up walking well over 4km after everything was said and done. We were advised against doing the two 400m as we were told the water levels will be low in that first section.

One other thing to note is that we could not find the portage trail on the 750m between Cooper and MacDonald creek and ended up dragging the boats up the creek. I think the portage follows the ATV trail to the east but we were scarred from our mishap the day before on the 1000m portage.

The island site on Fourbass at the mouth the river is one of the nicest sites i've stayed in Temagami

All in all a great trip, with some rugged terrain and good solitude.
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sblakeley
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Post Number: 8
Registered: 03-2016
Posted on Monday, August 31, 2020 - 3:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks Edalgorf. That is quite helpful. It sounds like a nice trip. I notice in Hap Wilson's book that he talks about either lining or carrying on the road at Cooper Lake. I guess I'll see when I get there.

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