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Visit To Pen Lake

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South down Rock Lake

Late arrival at Pen Lake

Mergansers of Pen Lake.

Distant cliff.

Pen Lake campsite.

South end morning mist.

Shoreline oddity.

Updated January 6, 2018
Monday, March 19th 2018 . . . . .

A timely reminder to those planning a visit to Algonquin Park, who don't have the advantage of an automobile, to checkout the Parkbus website.

Since 2010, Parkbus has helped thousands of Canadians access the great outdoors. Whether it's a day trip, a family camping weekend, or a wilderness expedition. Locally, Parkbus programs are run by Transportation Options, an Ontario-based non-profit organization dedicated to fostering sustainable tourism and transportation.

Saturday, February 17th 2018 . . . . .

Bob McElroy has added a very unique feature to the "Bob and Diana McElroy Bushnotes website.

The Algonquin Route Planner determines one or more canoe routes connecting two selected locations in Algonquin Park and provides statistics about distances and portage.

It determines the shortest route between the two points and may provide alternatives.

Saturday, January 27th 2018 . . . . .

Over the past three years, Sean Mason has published three accounts of what are now new family traditions .. yearly Algonquin Park canoe trips with his brother and son.

Read in succession, these are a strong narration of their increasing enthusiasm for the park ..

Our return To Algonquin Park (2015) ..
Late Summer (2016) Trip ..
Late Summer (2017) Trip

Saturday, January 6th 2018 . . . . .

Robert M. (a.k.a. 'Uppa') has completed publishing the 3-part video documentation of his September 4-day solo kayak loop-trip .. out of Kiosk, via Mink, Club, Mouse, Erables, Maple Lake and back to Kioshkokwi Lake. You can access the three videos on his YouTube channel at .. Kayak Camper.

Rob's personable narrative style and effectively operated bow and stern video cameras combine to allow the viewer to enjoyably share in his trip, that benefitted from the gloriously fair weather that marked this past September.

Sunday, November 26th 2017 . . . . .

Back at the beginning of November, Steve Elms took his dad for a 6-day walk-in backcountry stay at Sec Lake and explorations in that corner of the park. Steve used this website's forum to post his trip-log of that stay. With his outstanding photographs and commentary, it is a very effective description of that area, of this time of year in Algonquin Park and of sharing them with one's dad! ... Back from 6 Days on Sec.

"Needless to say we had a really amazing trip. So nice to be able to spend time with my dad like this in such a peaceful setting. Over the 6 days we camped there we saw 3 people at the put-in spot who came down for a quick view and a pic. It's a difficult time of year to pack for as you can get anything from warm days to rain to snow, but we were very well prepared and never felt uncomfortable. We spend a lot of time on the west and highway 60 area of the Park so this was a very welcome change!"

Sunday, November 26th 2017 . . . . .

MartinG has told the tale (with 27 great photos on the website forum) of how early this fall he, ShawnD and SmedleyCo paddled over four days south from Access #25 to Radiant Lake, and then southeast from there down the Petawawa River to the Mcmanus Lake takeout ... Fall Trip Down The Pet.

"Shawn had to portage the Schooners and part of 5 Mile. We took his pack for those ports. I hope it wasn't too hard to hustle over those ports with a 26 pound solo canoe! Running the rapids was a hoot for Smedleyco and I. We had more beautiful weather and a couple of surprise treats. The first was running into the McElroys. They had decided to have a lunch date on Whitson Lake. The spot of their first ever interior canoe trip in the '70's. I have so much respect and admiration for both Bob and Diana that it was a real thrill to finally meet them."

Sunday, November 26th 2017 . . . . .

"Camper Christina" started her camping website .. CamperChristina.com .. back in 2015. This September she took a four-night solo canoe loop out of Kiosk .. by way of Kioshkokwi. Maple, Erables, Big Thunder, Mouse, Club and Mink Lakes. She has posted Part One of her trip-log here, and Part Two here.

"With every step, I sunk deeper and deeper and it became harder to walk. In a few places, I actually got my foot stuck and almost fell flat on my face and in one spot, I got stuck so badly, I had an incredibly difficult time pulling my foot from the mud that seemed to be trying to pull my foot, my leg and the rest of me down below the surface. I pulled and pulled and finally emerged with just my foot! No shoe!"

Sunday, October 28th 2017 . . . . .

Late this summer, Steve Elms (one of our forum moderators and our "Photography Tech Guy") was featured along with David LesGros (Natural Heritage Education Specialist for Algonquin Park) and Dianne Saxe (Environmental Commissioner of Ontario) in the TVO presentation Ontario's Declining Moose Population.

In the 5-minute video, Steve shared at length his experience with moose in Algonquin Park, effectively representing those of us who visit the park hoping to observe a moose.

Not only is Steve a crackerjack photographer, he's a great spokesperson for the park!

Monday, October 23rd 2017 . . . . .

"Neelands" has posted a photographic trip-log (40 photos) of his recent 4-night canoe trip .. 2017 Sept 11-15 Burnt Island-Otterslide-Thomson.

"I decided to take my time and just paddle slowly around the lake, since my destination was just the next lake. I love the middle and east end of Burnt Island Lake." . . . "Had a nice chat with two of the Alive guides who were heading with their group to a rendezvous at Camp Arowhon on Teepee Lake. They told me there are about 5000 kids and over 100 guides working each summer. Wow!"

Monday, October 23rd 2017 . . . . .

Over the past few weeks, a number of additions have been made to the Portage Campsite Inventory.

Wanda Spruyt has submitted Farm Lake CS#5, Farm Lake CS#6, Tanamakoon Lake CS#4 and Tanamakoon Lake CS#5.

Barry Bridgeford has submitted Tanamakoon Lake CS#2, Tanamakoon Lake CS#3, Tanamakoon Lake CS#6 and co-authored on Tanamakoon Lake CS#5

Monday, October 23rd 2017 . . . . .

Another trip-log from Drew on his All Of Algonquin website. This one is a two-part trip-log .. The Barron Canyon Revisited and The Secret of the Ooze (Lake).

"Itís a small body of water, barely more than a pond. And, arguably, itís not actually a single small body of water but many even smaller bodies of water separated by weird floating clumps of Ö dirt? peat? swamp monster droppings? Ö I donít know. What I do know is that we started off poking at various floating clumps while trying to get away from the shoreline, then poked at even more floating clumps as we paddled across. "

Sunday, October 15th 2017 . . . . .

Chris Lawson has posted a trip-log of his late September 4-day canoe trip .. Canoe - Burnt Island - Big Trout - Tom Thomson.

"It was, in fact a smouldering root fire that had, at that point, consumed a circle maybe 6m diameter on this island which, itself was maybe 30 or 40m across. At the centre of the fire circle was a smallish ring of rocks with a few burnt logs in the middle. It seemed like someone had freelanced a fire pit right on top of the loam and the predictable had happened ó the roots underneath the soil had caught fire."

Sunday, October 15th 2017 . . . . .

Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes") has posted a trip-log on his All Of Algonquin website .. of his recent weekender to Radiant Lake with three coworkers, ... Radiant Lake

"We paddled around for a bit, then made our way back to the Squirrel Rapids where we decided to portage up and paddle down a few times so that we could tell everyone what whitewater paddling badasses we were when we got home."

Friday, September 29th 2017 . . . . .

Maegan M. has added a trip-log to her blog .. of a late August 'mother-daughter' get-away-weekend .. Algonquin In Three Days: Magnetawan, Hambone, Daisy Lakes.

"Acme Pond was a quick windless paddle before beaching on the 420m portage into Daisy Lake. I remember this portage being relatively easy, but this year it was very muddy. This was also the longest portage Iíve ever carried a canoe on my own. Iíve travelled significantly longer portages, but this was a first with a canoe over my own head!"

Wednesday, September 13th 2017 . . . . .

Randy Born has submitted a trip-log of his late-August 3-day canoe trip .. Big Trout Revisited After 40+ Years (in PDF format).

"A day of rest and relaxation was in store. We slept in till 8:45 and had a leisurely breakfast of bagels, porridge and coffee. We left camp to fish Big Trout at 10 and trolled for the next 3 hours. We were able to have lunch at the previous desired point campsite, as the family had moved on and memories of past times made for a pleasant lunch."

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