Algonquin Park, Lake Opeongo access point
The plan: water taxi to the north end of Opeongo, then a loop through some of the big lakes.
Algonquin Outfitters' water taxi
Opeongo is a huge lake. It takes 30 minutes at high speed to reach the north end.
Driver drops me at the portage to Happy Isle Lake.
First view of Happy Isle at the end of the 2235 metre portage
Camp on Happy Isle with sunset view
The put in onto Merchant Lake
A dreary day on Merchant Lake
The portage from Merchant to Big Trout is long but interesting
Canoe rests ease the pain
This typical northern stream will lead to Big Trout Lake
The river opens up into a massive wetland
Big Trout is a big lake with big winds
Found a site on the north shore
This huge site has lots of room, but is exposed to the wind
I hunker down in a sheltered corner of the site
Small tarp goes up fast for shelter. Big tarp is for the hammock.
This corner has its own little beach
Ready to go after 2 days here.
Early morning on Big Trout, as I head to Longer Lake
Longer Lake connects Big Trout and Burntroot Lakes
Lots of damselflies and dragonflies hung out on my canoe
This portage was busy...had to wait a few minutes before landing
Waited in a patch of Pickerel Weed
Ready to portage. Just need to attach the removable yoke. This one was a beauty...very comfy.
Big patch of Poison Ivy on this portage
The next portage was also short. Some folks walk their canoes through the rocks instead of portaging.
Here I met author Kevin Callan, Alana, and their daughter. Nice folks. Here he is walking his canoe down the rapids.
The Callan family head off toward Burntroot Lake
Just me and this frog left at the portage
Shortcut to Burntroot's Red Pine Bay
Calm before the storm, Red Pine Bay
There really are a lot of red pines here