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moyra
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Post Number: 6
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hi, just got back from 10 day Montreal River to Solace and back (Sept 17 to Sept 27 '05)using the Regan lake option on the return leg. It appears that some very hard work has taken place on making the Solace to Hamlow link usable but as the portage route is not as described in Hap's newest book I feel a brief description here may be useful.

The portage from Solace to Einar is well marked and as in Hap's book.
The portage from Einar to the next lake(no name)is on the west side of the creek and is about 350 yrds (contrary to Hap). The portage starts out as an ATV trail width then splits away. This split is not so obvious and a bit overgrown. We missed it and had to go back after we had determined the portage could not be this long. The portage runs along the west side of the creek flowing between the two lakes. The signs at both ends of the portage are missing though a broken "P" remains on a tree at the Einar end.
The next portage also starts on the west side of the creek joining this lake to the next (contrary to Hap) but crosses this rough rock creek about half way between the two lakes. The portage is marked with blazes at both ends but are hard to find if you are looking on the wrong side of the creek.
The portage from the next long pretty lake is completely different from Hap's book and takes a different route using one more lake. Instead of starting in the north west end of this lake it actualy starts on the west side of the narrow section west of the small island (marked with a cross on the topo)(nice lunch spot) The portage start is well marked with blazes it is initially very steep! The trail is blazed and the brush has been recently cut all the way through. The end of the trail is in a bog and is quite mucky. There are special little 'pitcher' plants in the bog that are quite unique so try not to step on them. This portage is about 500 yrds.

This next lake (not shown in Haps book) is very shallow. At the north end of this lake look for blazes to a 300yrd portage to a boggy/mucky put in. We could not see blaze marks where we put in (at the east side of the bog) but maybe we tried to put in before the actual end of the portage.
This lake is the next lake shown in Hap's book. As shown in Hap's book you head to the north end of the lake. At this point there is a 10yrd portage around a beaver dam. The put in is a nice smooth rock. Paddle up the wet land formed by the beaver dam keeping to the east channel. Logs across the channel indicate the start of the portage on the east side which is also marked with blazes (about 50 yrds). This brings you to
the last unnamed lake before Regan. It is quite shallow with strange algae formations. A small campsite can be found on the south shore on a point about halfway along.

The portage from this lake to Regan was difficult to find. We found it from in the most westerly marshy bay but we noticed it was heading to the same bay as shown in Hap's book. This trail is wide enough to portage two canoes side by side no doubt because it is accessable by vehicle trail. When the portage Tees at the Vehicle trail head west and take this Vehicle trail keeping an eye out for the portage trail which tees of to the south (when we took this, the portage trial was marked on the vehicle trail by some tree branches laid across the vehicle trail).

We are not sure if we took the shortest portage route from Regan to Hamlow as we used the boat launch located at the north side of the west end of the lake and took the vehicle trail to Hamlow.

Hope this is of help to anyone who was thinking of trying this route.

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brian
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Post Number: 465
Registered: 02-2004


Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 9:42 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Unbelievable karma. Working with the two parties that blazed the way for you Broadbent, Melanson, Tanz, Vick and Keewaydin and re-opened the route, I have done a route description and map. It will likely be live on Ottertooth tomorrow.
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moyra
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Post Number: 8
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 9:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

A big thanks to you guys.
We decided to do this route because we were not moving fast enough to complete our origional planned route due to some pretty ferocious weather (and the fact that we like to putter a bit too long in the mornings. We read with some concern Haps notice that the link routes were not open when the book went to print but we decided to try anyway.
Having the way different from what Hap said gave a real added dimention to the trip - a bit scary - but that made it thrilling! and it all worked out so that made it fun.
We will be watching for your map.
By the way - do you know of other routes in Haps book that are not quite as drawn or not open?

I have a question about what we saw on our trip that mayby you can answer.
There is a lodge on the insland where it is marked as a campsite on Solice Lake. We saw a float plane drop some people off while we were there. Is this a private camp? how can that be allowed in a provincial park because it was definatly a new structure? and more importantly how did they get permit for an outhouse on an island so small?
Thanks for this site

moyra
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brian
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Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 9:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Yes, it is a private camp. The camp has a temporary land-use permit (which has been "temporary" for at least 30 years now). It was there before the park. All of these are supposed to end by 2010. But politics will likely intervene and they will get renewals. If you have an opinion make it known now to the parks people as they are creating the park plan.
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ed
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Post Number: 228
Registered: 03-2004


Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 6:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Is this the camp you saw?
http://www.myccr.com/SectionForums/viewtopic.php?t =6433&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=solace&st art=0

Go about 3/4 of the way down the post.
Ed.
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brian
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Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 6:14 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

The route is now posted:

http://www.ottertooth.com/Temagami/Maps/solace-ham low.htm
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moyra
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Post Number: 9
Registered: 07-2005
Posted on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 7:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hello Ed,
Yes it is the same cabin. I had the same opinion about the cabin as was discussed in your link back in 2003. Quite a coincidence that the Solace to Hamlow route and that cabin was tied together back then as well!


Hi Brian, I checked out your map - it is very well done. Hopefully the link wont be archived and lost after this year.
Just for future reference is there many other routes described in Haps book that are different from what is drawn? He (Hap) has done an excellent job with the route we have taken so far.

moyra

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brian
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Post Number: 468
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Posted on Saturday, October 1, 2005 - 3:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Moyra,

It doesn't sound like you have been to the main Ottertooth site as everything is linked and indexed and back-indexed and searchable. No page is ever archived or removed there. What you are looking at here is just the forum.

Home: http://www.ottertooth.com/
This link is also at the top and bottom of this page.

Temagami home: http://www.ottertooth.com/tem_index.htm

Although messages do get archived here in the forum, they are still available by clicking on the archive link. And you can use the forum search function also (not to be confused with the broader search function on the pages on the main part of Ottertooth).

In Hap's book, there are a few routes that may be different from what he drew. These are the ones that he hasn't paddled. They are identifiable because they are on a map, but have no detailed write-up.

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