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maramar
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Post Number: 44
Registered: 06-2009
Posted on Monday, June 11, 2012 - 10:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Hey all,

Thinking of a day outing on Theiving Bear this weekend. Can anyone fill me in on any info about it...i.e. clear water lake? fishing? scenery? nice camp sites, side trips? (for a lunch)etc?
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maramar
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Post Number: 45
Registered: 06-2009
Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 5:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

On second thought, we might instead put in at Mclean Lake and paddle up to Anima-Nip. Can anyone offer anything about the pictographs at the south end of the lake...easy to find/spot or not?
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brian
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Posted on Friday, June 15, 2012 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

I don't recall these being easy to spot. If you have a practiced eye, then you may find them. But this is true with most rock art.
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maramar
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Post Number: 47
Registered: 06-2009
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 - 6:55 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Ok, we've made the short trek up to A-Nip and then into Whitewater Lake and I offer the following observations. Correct you are Brian, the pictos are not easy to spot but we did manage to locate them at both locations without too much trouble. Always an inspiring and thought provoking experience at these sites!

As I suspect is the case with many areas in the region, the "on-the-ground (or water)" experience today reveals the age of Hap Wilson's descriptions, despite his attempts to update. The "lovely" campsite that he describes at the second pictograph site on A-Nip, just around the corner from the Whitewater portage would be a "no-stay" for me today. We had lunch there and in her area scout of the rocky knoll above and behind the site, my wife discovered a veritable garbage dump over a ledge. Not hard to surmise the "perps" given the predominantly bottle and can contents of the dump. Also not likely that canoeists brought the picnic table there. We did't even use it either...ok...maybe a little!
Oh yes, saw some suspicious looking open spaces through trees on the top ridge across from us on the eastern shore. Confirmed our hunches later on google earth...clear cuts in behind.Other than that, A-Nip looks like it would offer some stunning paddling and views.

As for Whitwater and the "good fishing" Hap reported...I did drag a line behind us, no luck. Might have something to do with the fact that the number of aluminum boats at the Whitewater end of the portage would easily rival the number of fish in the lake, I'm sure. Have never seen such a large boat-cache on a relatively small lake. He was right about it being attractive though...very pretty lake indeed. Aside from a dock on the north shore, no development, at least in the main body where we paddled. The one campsite on the island looked as though it would be a bit rough with less than an ideal landing for canoes...but we didn't get out to scout it closely.

The site at the RSR/Mclean access was vacant making for an easy put-in. The swift at the top of Mclean Lake into A-Nip was easily navigable...stay more right going north through it.

Other than a short spitting rain over lunch, the skies later cleared (somewhat)and made for a beautiful late day/evening return paddle.
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grncnu
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Post Number: 217
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2012 - 11:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

yeah, conditions do change on the ground. last time i was there (a long time ago) there was a trashed 1960's IH small pickup at the campsite at the beginning of the long portage to the montreal river... still there???
in defense of wilson, conditions do change on the ground! but i looked for those damn pictographs 15 years ago and couldn't find 'em...
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ed
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Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 7:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

The campsite on Whitewater is OK once you get up on top of it. At any rate it is is the only one there, so we can't be too choosy.

I counted 50 cached boats on Whitewater when last through there in ~ 2003. MNR was supposed to have done something about cleaning up this mess up as a part of TIP. Sounds like it didn't happen.

At the time I went through, a good number of those boats hadn't been used in probably 50 years and in fact many of the wooden ones were no longer useable.

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maramar
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Post Number: 48
Registered: 06-2009
Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 9:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

grncnu; if you are speaking of the portage at the north end of the lake, we came up from Mclean Lake only as far as the Whitewater portage so I wouldn't know about the truck up there. I noticed on the new FOT map it indicates that portage along a road, but no road shown??Yes, the pictos, especially at the campsite are hard to catch. There seem to be only a few markings and they are right below the site on the only vertical rock surface there, with a slight overhang. Not more than a couple of feet off the water and I recommend not being more than a canoe length away in order to spot them. Also, been curious about your username, grncnu...wouldn't happen to be referring to the Keewaydin green canoes, would it? Did a couple years there myself in the mid-eighties.

ed; 50 would sound about right. We thought of that too re the campsite, that it might be better than it looked from the water...thanks for the confirmation.
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grncnu
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Post Number: 218
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Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 8:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

maramar, nope, we just happen to have a green canoe! wish i had gone to keewaydin though...

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