Well, the good news was that we got that jump on the day. We left our campsite at 10:15 and headed out on to Big Trout. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Page 1 of 2 [ 19 posts ] Go to page 1, 2 Next Previous topic | Next topic : Author Message; Drox Post subject: Big Trout Lake loop at Algonquin. We woke up the next morning to a pretty strong wind blowing out of the west. This trip is rapidly becoming one of my favourites of the season. One of many island sites on Big Trout Lake in Algonquin. Page 1 of 2 [ 19 posts ] Go to page 1, 2 Next Previous topic | Next topic : Author Message; Drox Post subject: Big Trout Lake loop at Algonquin. All of Algonquin. The trip started at Opeongo Lake and took us to Hogan/LaMuir and Red Pine Bay with its return through Longer/Big Trout/Merchant and Happy Isle. Slightly. The scenery was pretty nice along the paths, particularly the 730 metre carry that follows beside the creek for a while. Algonquin Provincial Park: Big Trout Lake Loop from Kiosk: September 7th - September 19th, 2019 Portage signs in Algonquin Provincial Park are bright yellow. Algonquin Outfitters' water taxi. Add photos. Ask a question. Algonquin Park is home to one the best trout fisheries in Canada. And it was just sitting out there, waiting for me. A wide, easy 300 m portage leads gently downhill from Big Trout Lake to Longer Lake. Le sentier vous offrira la possibilité d'observer la faune et sa difficulté est évaluée comme modérée. This is has to be one of the most popular 4-5 day loops in Algonquin Park. The problem is, if you haven’t planned your trip months in advance, a lot of those routes might already be booked up. Explore canoe trips, starting on Canoe Lake (Access point #5) and heading into the area north of the Portage Store. Well, until there was an incident. Longer Lake itself has little to recommend it. Algonquin Autumn Trip report – Big Trout Lake Loop September 22-26, 2014 Looking for a late September trip as I usually do, myself and Pete decided upon a loop kayak trip in Algonquin, starting from Canoe Lake to Big Trout Lake – a well known and traveled route by many. It is one of the routes described in our sample canoe trip page, only done in reverse order. Sam. Burntroot Lake 130. This time we began our trip from what may be the most popular launch in the whole park, Canoe Lake located right off the highway 60 corridor. Sec Kaje 120. Big Red Lake 115. Skip to content. To see the portage on a fully interactive map, click on the "View on Interactive Map" link found below. Change ), Number of New Lakes Paddled: 218 The lake is surrounded by rolling hills which make a beautiful view anytime of the year, especially autumn. It can take a leisurely 5 days, or as short as 2.5 days. We reached camp at 3:40. This mid-length canoe trip will take you deeper into the backcountry of Algonquin Park, where you’ll spend several days canoeing to new campsites on different lakes each night. For the past four years I’ve done a trip with my buddies Gordon and Dan the first weekend after Labour Day. We were desperately hoping it wasn't occupied, as it was a serious struggle paddling into the teeth of the wind. Favorite Place to Camp/Canoe on the Planet! Box two: Is it overrun with angry bears? It was a perfect tailwind given the direction we were going. Red Pine Bay 129. There are lots of great routes out of that access point. Hawkins Lake 124. I immediately flashed back to July’s Kiosk debacle. I could try and make this breach of campsite etiquette seem less egregious by saying that we left some cut wood for the next users of the site we were stealing it from, but then I’d be both a liar and a wood thief, so let’s just move on. Once you’ve finished admiring the views, you start up a short-ish creek that connects Ink to McIntosh. That said, if you head up during the spring or in my case late September, chances are you won't run into many out there. The one great feature of the site was that because of its general unimpressiveness, it seems like it doesn’t get much traffic. This is a chance to take an extended weekend trip through beautiful lakes in the Algonquin Provincial Park! The trail meanders west through the bush. Indice UV. This was Gordon’s first trip with his brand new Souris River Prospector and it handled well (looked sharp too). Box three: well, are they super angry or just annoyed?”) we decided that it might be a good idea for a couple of us to hop back in the canoe and paddle to some of the nearby campsites to see if we could get something better. It was at this point that I realized that the life jacket I had brought for myself must have been made in the early 90s and probably would have fit me better back then as well. The route meanders through the lily pads and there’s some great scenery as you go. One lake at a time. There was an awesome sitting spot looking west across the lake courtesy of a thick root that sits at just the right height above the water’s edge. The Big Trout Lake loop is a popular canoe route, starting from Canoe Lake on Highway #60. There are a few tent spot options, and the site becomes more sheltered as it backs into the trees. We held another conference (two conferences in one day, who says you have to miss all the fun of being in the office when you’re out on a trip?) Algonquin’s Big Trout Lake Loop has it all with easy access off of Canoe Lake’s Highway 60 Access Point. View unanswered posts | View active topics View unread posts | View new posts | View your posts. Robin Lake 119. It was, however, better than nothing. Other than that, it’s a pretty great spot to sit back, dry off and beat the pants off of Gordon and Mark at Euchre. In mid-May, adventurer Jim Baird (pictured), his brother Ted and their friend Shawn James spent seven days paddling 120 kilometres in the backcountry of Algonquin Park, on the hunt for trophy brook trout. Randonnée. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Close. I can see why it’s so popular! Joined: September 6th, 2006, 7:48 pm Posts: 14 Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada It rained on us on Grassy Bay, it rained on us on White Trout and then it super rained on us as we were paddling through the narrows that connect White Trout to Big Trout. You know when the portage has a nickname, in the case "Unicorn Hill", it's gonna be a doozey! The terrain is constantly rising and falling. 14 octobre 2020. 6 Day solo paddle in Algonquin Park / Big Trout Loop Access point - Canoe Lake September 2014 In fact, let’s just go out on a limb and say that working paddles are good on pretty much every kind of canoe trip. Once the creek opened up into Big Trout, that headwind was back! Randonnée. Total Number of Portages: 322 The route they paddled is commonly called the “Big Trout Loop”. It was a really fun trip, despite the crowds and a paddle that decided to take early retirement on Grassy Bay. This trail consists of about 70km worth of paddling depending on where you camp, as well as about 7km of portage scattered through out the trip. Lots of wildlife. Like stones. We started planning this trip in June 2017, after our May interior mini trip. (Slide show with map, photos and text) (5.2) There and back: August 2 - 11, 1998 - to Otterslide Lake - Allan Drew's "Canoeing Ontario". As I was drifting off I remember thinking about the next day’s route, a 20 KM (ish) paddling day over to Big Trout. save hide report. Dan had brought along a pocket chain saw which did an awesome job of cutting up some bigger logs we found back (way back) of the site. A description with photos of a four night canoe trip out of Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park, passing through Tom Thomson Lake, Misty Lake, Big Trout Lake and Burnt Island Lake. Just past the portage that leads down to Hawkins Lake we realized that the day had gotten somewhat darker than it should be given that it was noon and not dusk. But here one was! 2,254. As daunting as that sounds, their broken up very well generally ranging from 200-700m with the exception of one 2300m portage which you will encounter on either the first or last day of your trip. 97% Upvoted. I had no desire to actually get out of the boat and drag over the dam (I didn’t want to give the beavers the satisfaction) so we decided to turn the dial up to ramming speed and try to get across based on momentum alone. As of 2012, is the lake trout fishing decent in these lakes? Re: Big Trout Loop (sort of) Just read the full thing - such an unfortunate (and like you said, expensive) series of events that day! The wind on Tom Thomson reacted to this news with an “Oh, you think so do you?” and a raised middle finger. Unfortunately for us, the other end of the lake is where we had to be, so we gritted our teeth, stuck close to shore, and started paddling. Total Portage Distance: 218.915KM Big Trout L., Campsite 910 by Chris Hoepker 8/21/2016. We ended up on an island site just south of the narrows. McIntosh was another new lake. Norm's Lake 122. Big Trout 127. Or a headsideheadwind. share. save hide report. Every time I pass through there I tell myself that next time I’m going to stop and climb them. State/Province: ON. There was an honest to God line up just to get out at the portage and, somehow, it was even busier on the Joe Lake side. From there we paddled and portaged all the way out to Big Trout Lake for night 2. I’m just glad it wasn’t snowing. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The only complaint I’d have is that the wind cuts through it and the fire pit is little more than a circle of rocks, meaning you’re not getting any reflected heat off of a high wall. 22. ( Log Out /  Then it became tremendously unfunny. I had taken it out earlier to send a message to my wife and for some reason put it down instead of putting it back in the jacket. Hey everyone, I did a four day trip up to Big Trout over the long weekend. ( Log Out /  The bad news was that we weren’t the only ones who did. Any thoughts about which lakes to … As a spot for eight people and four tents, which was the size of the group we passed a little later who were heading for that site, it would be super cozy in the same sense that being stuffed into a locker with the rest of the D&D club would be cozy. With my large groups I do the route in 3.5 days, and 3 nights as described below. However, as I was stepping into the canoe, which is a thing I have done literally thousands of times without falling overboard, I somehow managed to do exactly that. Joining Dan, Gordon and me for our trip this year was our buddy Mark who was getting an introduction to both back country tripping and to my somewhat overly ambitious style of route planning (it’s amazing how much closer together things look on a map than they are in real life). 6 Day solo paddle in Algonquin Park / Big Trout Loop Access point - Canoe Lake September 2014 I eventually crawled into my tent to warm up and fell asleep wondering what fresh disasters adventures awaited us the next morning. Lake Information; Trip Reports; Campsites; Portages; Fish; Photos; ... Big Trout L., Campsite 910, Loon came by to say hello by Chris Hoepker 8/21/2016. Most of the trip reports/information I can find on this route are from 2018, and from what I've read the Little Nip between Big Bob and Grass Lake is pretty rough and choked out with Alders. Winners of season four of the TV survival show Alone, Jim and Ted are expert paddlers, experienced outdoorsmen and accomplished anglers. We backed up so that we’d have a good running start, waited until Gordon and Mark were clear on the other side of the dam, then started paddling. One minute I was moving towards the bow of the boat, the next I was falling backwards out of the canoe with the grace and style of a drunk elephant. Big Red Lake 115. Big Trout Lake loop at Algonquin. 14 Sep 2020 by algonquinbeyond. Archived. Big Trout Lake – Campsite #15 When getting to this site you can use the small rock outcrop as a canoe landing or the section just beside it, both of which are rather easily accessible. Big Trout Lake – Campsite #12. It offers a breathtaking view of the sunset, with a backdrop of scattered islands in front of the site. Burntroot Lake 130. There are a few tent spot options, and the site becomes more sheltered as it backs into the trees. This loop was a phenomenal trip for a beginner/intermediate canoe group. Up until this point in my life I had always understood tailwinds to be a theoretical possibility, but I’d put them in the same bucket with warp drive and unicorn powered battle wagon in terms of the likelihood of me actually travelling with one in my lifetime (of the three I would have said the unicorn battle wagon was clearly the most likely to happen). It turns out that this both ridiculous looking and not the most efficient way to move a canoe forward. Mark and I were in one boat and Dan and Gordon in the other. It started at the Portage Store on Canoe Lake, went to Burnt Island Lake, up to Big Trout Lake, over to McIntosh Lake and then back to the Portage Store through Tom Thomson Lake. Longer Lake 128. Algonquin Adventures This year, however, going on a trip for the first weekend after Labour Day was not an option as my 10th wedding anniversary happens to fall right in the middle of that weekend, and I’d very much like there to be an 11th. It was a relief to get to the 350m portage into Longer Lake and out of the wind. Introduction: My first backcountry trip in Algonquin for years and add to that a 3750m portage and you have one heck of a story! I don’t know what to say about this portage that is printable in a family friendly blog post (although I think I probably lost the “family friendly” designation about 25 reports ago). Post Mar 25, 2013 #7 2013-03-25T11:50. I remember them both being damp, but that’s about it. One of many island sites on Big Trout Lake in Algonquin. anacondatm. Despite the fact that the site checked most of the boxes on the “should we stay here” checklist (box one: Is the site open? Opeongo is a huge lake. LAKE TROUT Caught Kept Total Number of BROOK TROUT Caught Kept May May 2 4 5 3 3 3 7 3 4 4.5 2 0 11 10 6 4 “ Lavieille L. Crooked Big Crow 2 Lake fished No. The trip was to be a total of 4 days and 3 nights. Breaking/losing my paddle while solo is one of my biggest Algonquin … Inside the campsite is similar to Campsite 22 on Big Trout Lake in the sense that it’s very spacious and has plenty of open ground, with several options for your tent. You know when the portage has a nickname, in the case "Unicorn Hill", it's gonna be a doozey! We stayed out of the strong northwest wind as best we could, by hugging the north shore and passing the big island in the middle of the lake to the north. 5. We took a break in the lee of one of the points on the north shore, then pushed on again. Here you can purchase backcountry permits, maps, and equipment rentals, as well as gather local knowledge before your journey. Just before you get to that marshy area there is a beaver dam that kind of marks the exit; a final speed bump to slow you down before 15 kilometres of relatively obstruction free paddling. I usually go in more secluded areas but I wanted to see what the attraction was all about. Catfish Lake We transferred from the boat to the canoes just past the split. I love the history (not one but two depot farms!) The longest is just over 700 metres and none of them are particularly challenging. That … uh … well that didn’t work out so well. Whichever direction it was, it sucked). Apparently he ran the same loop when he did Canoe Trip during high school. Portage 8 Otterslide Cr. The text below is from Bob and Diana's trip notes with only minor copy editing, while the figure captions (and other italicized copy) are current commentary. This is a nice paddle as well. It did get pretty chilly once the sun went away. Shirley Lake 113. This site is very exposed, but also very scenic. McIntosh marsh is an especially good place to see moose. Or, more accurately, they sink like $400.00 pieces of very sophisticated communication equipment made out of heavier than water materials. I dunno. Turns out that wonderful tail wind from McIntosh was also blowing in a pretty impressive storm system. Merchant Lake is a large basin, remarkably different from any other lake in Algonquin. Wiki Update Review. The storm never got anywhere near what we dealt with in July, but it certainly felt much better to be sitting under the wide branches of a large pine, watching the rain and enjoying a hot lunch than it would have been to be out on the water. The thought that I’d be able to fine-tune was wildly optimistic, as pretty much everything was already booked solid by the time I put the reservation in. Big Trout Loop near Algonquin Park, ON. About ten seconds after they started paddling, the boat decided to try its luck as a submarine. Lumière du jour. Let’s start with the positives first: uh … well … it ends? Sort by. Seeing Algonquin Park. Re: Big Trout Loop (sort of) Just read the full thing - such an unfortunate (and like you said, expensive) series of events that day! 1 Comment. Canada Jay Lake 123. Trip Date: August 25-30, 2020 But that’s where we were: looking at another 40 kilometres or so of travel with fewer paddles than people and wouldn’t you know it I’d left all my paddle whittling materials at home. To view more details, click on any of the destination markers. Dove Lake 117. After a quick conference that was basically just me verbalizing the train of ohshits that had been running through my head, we decided we’d take turns soloing for now and try to figure out a longer term solution as we went. Because the day was all paddling I wasn’t forced to re-zip it at a portage, which is why it was still sitting in the bottom of the boat. There are longer or shorter trips that can start in the same area, so get creative and draft a … Météo. Perley Lake 131. Big Trout Lake Algonquin Park. As a spot for lunch, it was great. Big Trout Revisited After 40+ Years By Randy Born This a trip log is about our (Randy Born and Robert McRae) 7 day trip from August 23 to 29, 2017. Joined: September 6th, 2006, 7:48 pm Posts: 14 Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada Three hours! The good news was that  instead of being a kilometre from shore we were only about 50 metres from a campsite. As soon as we realized our trip would involve both Labour Day and Canoe Lake I booked a three night placeholder loop with the intent of fine-tuning it later on. After the dumping we realized that the site wasn’t going to let us go and gave up on our quest for better digs. In between Big Trout and Otterslide is Otterslide Creek and five relatively easy portages. All of Algonquin. Burntroot Lake 130. The guys reacted to this news with an appropriate amount of interest (which is minimal). At first it was going to be Gordon and I who went for the paddle. Big Trout Lake Algonquin Park. 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