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Post Number: 1
Registered: 09-2008
Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 9:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hi, as we were the last Keewaydin trip in the area I thought I would provide the following update.

As of the end of July the Rupert dam is half-built, with clear-cutting up to the future flood line along the Rupert and Moon rivers. Canoe access to Route du Nord is blocked, and a construction service road runs along the Rupert to the Moon junction.

Our group, a Dunmore wilderness trip, travelled the old Keewaydin route up the Wabissinane, Tichigami and "Little George" rivers (see Seeley's logs) to the Eastmain, descended the Eastmain to Lac de la Maree, and proceeded via the Moon to the construction road.

According to workers at the construction site the dam is currently scheduled to be closed in fall of 2009. See attached photos.

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Post Number: 963
Registered: 02-2004

Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 12:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I presume the dam you are referring to as closing in 2009 is the cofferdam and not the actual permanent diversion dam.

Thanks for the update.
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Post Number: 44
Registered: 12-2005

Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 4:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

It's sad to think your group may have been the last group to descend the river, before it will be changed forever.

It's a shame.

A damn shame.

Those who allowed this project to proceed should be hanging their heads in shame.
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Post Number: 964
Registered: 02-2004

Posted on Monday, September 22, 2008 - 9:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

They are laughing all the way to the bank and see nothing else.
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Post Number: 1
Registered: 01-2009
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 4:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

There is one more summer left for the Rupert as we know it. A great shame. From the Hydro documents it looks like the river will be "shut off" December 2009, but their schedule may not be accurate. They say it will take about 27 days for the river to become it's final trickle, down 80% of its original flow, affecting the area west of the Route du nord.

Yes, I am doing some research on this river. Is there anyone out there that has done the Rupert? Can any of you answer a few questions for me please:

1) I have years of experience canoeing, however on still, quiet lakes! Can someone tell me exactly what is it like canoeing or kayaking down that river, what makes the Rupert a challenge and a sought-after destination for die-hard canoeists and kayakers?

2) How many other challenging rivers like the Rupert are left in Quebec? In North America?

3) Are any of you out there planning a trip down the river on its last summer? If so, when? I know that Missinaibi Outfitters are planning to go, anyone else?


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