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scoutercraig
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Post Number: 1
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2007 - 2:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I ran the Temagami from Cross Lake dam to Red Cedar lake in 2003. I had a copy of Haps books and the maps but after running the river I had a hard time relating my personal experineces with the advice in the book. In particular Hap points out a class 3 as DO NOT RUN and yet we had no problem running this section of river in fact we only portaged the first set of rapids below the now non existant bridge. I am planning another trip in August and I'd like some feed back on the wisdom of running any or all of the rapids on this section of the river.
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brian
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Post Number: 651
Registered: 02-2004


Posted on Sunday, February 11, 2007 - 3:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

This is a dam-controlled river, so water conditions will vary considerably. That probably explains the inconsistency of your experience with Hap's report. You have to be careful, though, when running as many of the rapids were blasted in the past by loggers, leaving many sharp rocks. The wisdom lies in knowing the water level and your ability.
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bigwolf
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Post Number: 15
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 1:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Brian,

Is correct. I have run this section many times and it's gnarly with many dangerous rocks. In late summer, the water level are almost always very low and therefore many of the rapids are hard to run. In the spring it's rarely an issue
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scoutercraig
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Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 1:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks for th valuable info. Does OPG ever open up the Cross Lake Dam or it it more or less a matter of how high the water is in Cross Lake? If the conditions are similar this year our group should have no problem as all are intermediate paddlers and three of the group were on the last trip.
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brian
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Post Number: 654
Registered: 02-2004


Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 9:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

The primary determinant of water flow is to maintain set water levels on Lake Temagami.

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