Put into Smoke Lake about 3 hours before sunset.
It's a long windy lake with lots of cottages. My destination was the next lake, Ragged Lake.
The portage to Ragged Lake is in sight.
At the take-out. That's a Keewaydin 15 by Swift. Kayak paddle worked out well on windy lakes.
All the portages in Algonquin are marked with these signs. This one is only 240 m.
Put-in onto Ragged L. The red boom prevents access to the dam. Those are canoes of people coming out.
Dam at the exit of Ragged Lake. An old logging chute was once here.
Ready to go.
Racing the sun to find a campsite.
Found this spot on a bluff facing the sunset. You can spot the campsite marker a long way off.
Watch your step
My bear bag and somebody else's rope. Guess they never learned the PCT method of hanging!
Campsite with hammock and all my essential (and non-essential) supplies!
The channel between the campsite "island" and the mainland is choked with waterlogged stumps. Clearly the water level was both much lower and much higher in the past.
Day 1: Smoke to Ragged....2: Ragged to Big Porcupine's NW part
3: SE part....4: back to Ragged....5: back to Access point
Next day. Setting out across Ragged Lake in the drizzle, en route to Big Porcupine Lake.
No thunder, so I kept on going.
Whale skeleton in South Bay
Approaching the portage landing, I got stuck in some stinky mud, and the heavens really opened up.
The 590 m portage climbs to Big Porcupine Lake, 43 m above Ragged Lake.
These stairs were waterfalls when I carried the first load across. Took these pics on the way back to get the canoe, when the rain had let up.
Someone likes this weather
Back for the canoe.
Studied the landing again to find the best way back out in 2 days' time. Then carried the canoe over, and put into Big Porcupine. The heavens opened up again, so no more pictures.
Next morning on Big Porcupine Lake's northern section.
Photo from the hammock after a cold night
Great campsite with nice white pines and easy water access.
Tarp in "porch mode" with paddles as supports.
Hammock camping at its best
Firing up the Packafeather stove for breakfast.
Last to come down is the tarp in its "Snakeskins."
Great weather for exploring the different bays of Big Porcupine.
One of those sunny windy blue sky days of September.
A great site for tent campers, but good hammock trees were not to be found.
Chose a site near the Bonnechere Portage. I was supposed to go over the portage and spend the night on that lake, but decided to take it easy here.
Getting ready for din din
Lots of good trees for hanging
Someone left this weird thing at the site. Looks like a Japanese torii (shrine gate).
Had a visitor, a barred owl. Later I heard an animal scream--maybe a dying hare.
Morning on Big Porcupine
Fall colour just starting
Looking south from the campsite
The day's agenda: leisurely breakfast, try out my new tarp doors, and head back down the portage to Ragged Lake.
Back on Ragged Lake. View from campsite.
Campsite featured a cooking stump