The Keewaydin way exposed by Troy Morrison.





Photo: Dave Freed

Tim's Tale  Cont'd

Human sign was present but very old.  We saw not a sole on the entire expanse of the river.  On occasion we would notice some old blazes or a rusted out soda can.  There are a couple of empty fishing camps you pass on two of the larger lakes.

We arrived at Lansdowne House a little later than planned and stayed a day or so.  After getting re-supplied we carried on up the beautiful Marten Drinking River.

From there we headed over the wet height of land into the Albany watershed.  Two days on the Opikeigen River provided enjoyable, single channel rapids.  We past Fort Hope and swung onto the big Albany for a paddle down to Frenchman's Rapids.  At Frenchman's we had a terrific rest day where we discovered that really big rapids can be fun to play in.

From here we took a shortcut onto Opichuan Lake, which cut off a bunch of lining.  The Opichuan, often called the O-“bitch”-uan, was actually not bad.  We had a warm sunny day to pull up this remarkable river.

The second day on the Opichuan is rather troublesome with three difficult portages named Stairway to Hell, Lucifer, and Bulldog.  These three buddies take you to Kagianagami Lake, which is the beginning of the end.  Three days later we were at the Ottertail Bridge waiting for the Matt Ambler to pick us up and take us back to camp.

            Tim Nicholson, 9/12/00

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