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Post Number: 1
Registered: 01-2012
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 2:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Is it still possible to canoe from Lake Temagami to Laniel via Snake, Four Bass, Matibitchuan River? I have not seen this route mentioned in any recent discussions. Thank you.

Jim B
Willoughby, OH Northwoods Camp (former)
SW Arm Lake Temagami
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Post Number: 159
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

no problems as far as fourbass, which includes the upper part of the matabitchuan. i'm sure the rest of it down to the dam portage is ok as well, but i can't say how many people still use the "indian portage" from lake temiskaming up to the big falls on the kipawa- as you probably know it is very long and uphill...
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Post Number: 321
Registered: 03-2006

Posted on Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 9:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Wabun used the Indian Portages last year.
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 01-2012
Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 7:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thank you grncnu and curly - much appreciated. Can you tell me approximately where the dam is located on the Matabitchuan or source information for GPS coordinates?
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Post Number: 1386
Registered: 02-2004

Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 9:08 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

The entire route from Temagami to Laniel continues to be used by Temagami camps. The dam is the outlet of Fourbass Lake. There are, in fact, two dams. The northern diversion dam and the southern penstock/powerhouse dam. You want to portage on the road that starts at the south side of the southern dam. It is pretty straightforward getting from Temagami to Lake Timiskaming.

It can be a little trickier on the First Indian Portage, the one out of Timiskaming, due to the proverbial menace: logging.

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