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mellring
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Registered: 05-2012
Posted on Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 9:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

My family has a camp on Boyce and I've really taken an interest in exploring the area. I know that it isn't traveled as much as the Lake Temagami area, but I wanted to share some info and hopefully get some back too.

In about 2004, I went with 2 friends up Mackenzie Creek to the lake. I was amazed at how easy it was to paddle. I forget what the water level was like that year, but we only had to get out once and it was just to step over a dam. There was an island campsite about halfway up the lake that was very convenient. We heard a chainsaw nearby and walked to Simpson lake and talked to a friendly couple that had a very nice camp there. They recommended we go up to Hartle Lake, but we decided to just camp for a couple days instead.

I went to Chokecherry a lot growing up and tried to make it to Lower Redwater (I believe in 05), but we had a heavy wooden canoe and gave up when we got to the really steep portage.

In 2010 I took a solo trip up to the Redwater lakes and really enjoyed it. The portages had quite a few downed trees, but were definitely passable. I camped at the bottom of Lower Redwater. Went to the top of Upper on the 2nd day and walked to the road near Rabbit Creek, which I thought was cool; our camp is so isolated that I never thought of seeing a road before we fly out.

I know it is out of the way for everyone, but if you know where the sand beach house is on Boyce, there is a trail behind it (about a mile) that leads to what we call Mullins Lake (more like a big pond and it's not named on any maps). I doubt anyone has an interest in going there, but a couple guys that go to our camp took a small boat there, so you wouldn't need to take your canoe. there's an island decent for camping and actually have caught some pike back there. Also have seen moose on 2 or 3 occasions there as it has a lot of lilly pads and is very quiet.

I'm planning on taking another trip this summer, hopefully to Rabbit Lake. Might even take a chainsaw in case the portages need a little work. I was wondering how hard it is to get up Rabbit Creek (maybe in comparison to the portages to Chokecherry and L Redwater)? I've actually never been on Wicksteed either, and that would be more of a simple trip. Is it easy to find decent campsites on Rabbit and/or Wicksteed?
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curly
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Posted on Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 11:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks for the info mellring. The areas east of the highway are under appreciated, IMO. I'll compare your report with what we put on the FOT Map. Perhaps you can do some groundtruthing or map editing for us?
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mellring
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Posted on Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 7:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Yeah, I could probably do that. I know that at least around our lake, a lot of maps show some old logging trails that no longer exist. Other than that, I'm not sure how much I could help. Oh, and I think I remember seeing the small lake to the south labeled as Cobra Lake (looks just like a cobra's head) on one map.
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littlehibou
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Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 1:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Mellring, my family also has a camp on Boyce...other than ours I know of two others...which one are you??
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mellring
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Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 8:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

That's cool, ours is the island. My aunt's husband bought the old (Wallace's?) camp beside the Placid Bay Lodge about a decade ago, but they may have sold it.
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littlehibou
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Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 11:57 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

aaah...are you the Warners? My family owns Placid Bay Lodge. I'm not sure who owns the Wallace's camp now. I'll be up at the end of July for about a week. Now that I'm in Toronto it's hard to go up more often than that. We usually come up Wicksteed by boat and cache it at the end of the lake, portage down the tracks, and get into another boat on Boyce. Guests usually fly in from Temagami though. What a small world!! :-)
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mellring
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Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 5:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Very cool, yes, my mom is Patty. I'm sure you will run into her and my dad, they're spending 5 weeks up there now.
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frostedcheerios
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Registered: 08-2012
Posted on Friday, August 10, 2012 - 11:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

I spent some of my summers at placid bay lodge when my uncle was one of the owners in the 70s....helped him build the dock and put up the wood panelling in the cabins. great memories.
we also walked the track to kenney but to visit my other uncles camp on breadalbane.
would you be able to send me a price list to stay at the lodge?

thanks

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