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grncnu
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Post Number: 3
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 1:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

yet another question about water levels. we've been on this creek twice- first time was a breeze, second time was several kms of dragging a fully-loaded canoe through the alders in about an inch and a half of water (there was a big new b.d. just short of the lake). this was around 10 yrs ago...
anyone been through there this year?
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jonebgood
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Registered: 06-2010


Posted on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 10:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

We paddled down the Obabika River from Obabika Lake, then up the Wawiagama River to Wawiagama Lake on July 24-25. Water levels on the Obabaki R were low but it was very canoeable. Besides the designated portages we had only 3 canoe liftovers (fully loaded) over logs above waterline. We had several "powerover" obstacles but didn't have to get out of the canoe for those ones.

The Wawiagama R (read DRAINAGE DITCH) was very low, very muddy and took 1.5 hours to travel the 1.5 km distance. There were 4-5 beaver dams and many "crawl unders". If tackled at the beginning of the day it may not seem too daunting but it was late afternoon and our tired group was not amused. The route is passable but be prepared for slog and drag thru the mud. Your reward is the beautiful Wawiagama Lake.

A camp canoe tripping group beat us to the first campsite on the south shore, however the last site on the south shore opposite the portage to Chinaman's Bay offered up a beautiful sunset and a soft evening breeze high on the cliff.
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alscool
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Posted on Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 9:14 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Not a good time to contemplate traversing the Wawiagama River.
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jonebgood
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Posted on Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 9:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

This is one of the short sections on the Wawiagama River that was deep enough to be paddled and poled. Much of the time was spent out of the canoe playing in the mud, trolling for leeches.
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grncnu
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Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 10:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

thanks. actually from the pics it looks like more water than we saw there last time- though i realize this is just one of the floatable bits above a dam!
everyone should enjoy a good "drag" once in a while...

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