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Visit To Pen Lake

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South down Rock Lake

Mergansers of Pen Lake

Cliff at north end.

South down Pen Lake.

Deep cliff undercut.

Pen Lake outflow.

Return by Rock Lake.

Updated September 8, 2018
Saturday, November 10th, 2018 . . . . .

Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes") has added seven more campsite reports to his All Of Algonquin" website. Links to Drew's reports are also integrated into this website's Portage and Campsite Inventory Project.

CS. 1 on Tarn Lake             CS. 1 on Clover Lake CS. 1 on Stratton Lake    
CS. 14 on Stratton Lake     CS. 1 on Guthrie Lake     CS. 1 on Hogan Lake    
CS. 15 on Grand Lake    

Saturday, November 10th, 2018 . . . . .

Rich (aka "Hiker72") has posted a trip-log of his late October 3-day hike "Western Uplands Northern Loop", with over-nights on Loft and North Pincher Lakes.

"West Otterpaw creek proved to be a particular challenge due to the swelled streams. The options were crossing on top of a beaver dam or over some partially submerged rocks downstream. I thought the beaver dam would be the best option. I thought wrong. The volume of water cascading over the dam gave me a semi-soaker, and so precarious rock hopping proved to be less of a challenge after all. Nearing West Otterpaw Lake, the trail appeared to cross another small stream and continue straight on. Soon after I crossed however, the trail ended and I could not see any well travelled footpath."

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 . . . . .

This summer "Cici Canoe" and "L.T." headed out of Kiosk for a five-day loop "Kiosk Loop: August 23 to 27, 2018", via Kioshkokwi, Manitou, Three Mile, Ratrap, and Maple Lakes .. with a day of rest on Erables Lake .. and the return to Kioshkokwi by way of Maple Creek.

"As I started down the trail, a very large frog jumped in front of me. I had been seeing quite a bit of frogs this trip, usually very small and sandy brown. This one was very dark. He startled me and I shrieked. L.T. didn't hear me and as he followed me down the path, the frog pulled the same trick, but got caught on the toe of his hiking shoe. The poor frog flew through the air like one of those cartoon frogs."

Saturday, October 27th, 2018 . . . . .

Chris Lawson has recently posted a trip-log on his own website "cmkl". It recounts his September 4-day canoe trip with his buddy Martin, looping out of Brent .. "Cedar - Catfish - Hogan - Burntroot - Nipissing River", through some very windy weather!

"I had been entertaining the notion that, since the wind down Narrowbag was right in our face, we might actually catch a break after we turned southwest on Catfish. Instead, I found myself staring at an endless march of whitecaps rolling perfectly north, marvelling at how the wind can seem to follow the longest fetch of a lake. And so rarely in our favour.

... I told Martin I didn’t see us making a whole lot of progress down the lake and that there was a significant risk of swamping if we tried. It was time to head for shore."

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 . . . . .

Thanks to Wanda Spruyt for submitting three additions to the "Portage and Campsite Inventory".

Campsite 6 on Ragged Lake            

Campsite 21 on Ragged Lake            

Campsite 7 on Parkside Bay            

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 . . . . .

Maegan M. has posted a trip-log on her "Adventure Bound" blog, of a 4-day canoe trip she took with her mom.

They headed out of the Tim River access point .. spending their first two nights on Rosebary Lake and their last night back on Tim Lake .. "Algonquin in Four Days: Tim, Rosebary, Longbow Lakes and Tim River".

"As we paddled down the narrows between Rosebary and Longbow lake, I saw something moving on the edge of the water. Given the time of day, we were sure we were seeing things. Finally, we saw a huge bull moose eating along the water’s edge. We spent about 45 minutes floating beside him just enjoying the beauty of nature and snapping photos."

Saturday, October 20th, 2018 . . . . .

Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes") has completed more trip-logs on his All Of Algonquin" website.

An August overnight to Potter Lake with his kids .. "Up Potter's Creek".
Early September trip from Opeongo, up through Merchant and La Muir, then back by Hogan and the Crow lakes. .. "Into the Wind: Merchant Lake and More and "Into the Wind Part Two: Homeward from Hogan".
A September weekend trip out of Achray with some workmates .. "The Barron Canyon Threepeat".

"That rain they’d been promising for the afternoon decided to show up fashionably late, and oh boy did it make up for lost time. One minute we we were getting down to the important business of cooking up our piles of meat, the next you could barely see the other side of the lake."

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 . . . . .

Wanda Spruyt has submitted a new triplog, of her 7-day canoe trip out of Smoke Lake with her daughter .. "Smoke Lake to Bonnechere".

They travelled to Ragged, Big Porcupine, Bonnechere, Cradle, Phipps, Kirkwood, Pardee, and Lawrence Lakes .. returning to Ragged Lake and visiting Parkside Bay.

"There was no one else on Bonnechere, and even Big Porc was empty. We actually got to the Devils Staircase quite quickly, and walking it downward seemed much easier. With the foodback almost empty, I was able to take on a bit more weight for the hike down. It was starting to spit, and the clay and loose rocks were very slippery. We wore good hiking shoes, which was a help, but Joyce still nearly turned an ankle with the canoe on her head."

Monday, September 24th, 2018 . . . . .

Chris Taylor has submitted five new campsite entries to the "Portage and Campsite Inventory".

Campsite 1 on Bandit Lake             Campsite 1 on Erables Lake
Campsite 3 on Club Lake     Campsite 3 on Lake La Muir
Campsite 1 on North Sylvia Lake    

Saturday, September 8th, 2018 . . . . .

David (forum handle: "dontgroandaddy") posted a substantial trip-log on this website's forum titled "A River Runs Through It".

His family of four (plus friend) travelled their late-August 4-day loop via Magnetawan, Casey, Jubilee and Daisy Lakes.

"It wasn’t two minutes before the rain started, and “obliteration beyond comprehension” in seconds. A fantastically hard rain. We sat a moment, shocked at the intensity. I looked at the kids. Emily was smiling at me with a “whattya gonna do?” look on her face. We gave Michael his jacket, like that mattered. Even with the boats just feet apart, I had to yell over the sound of the rain to tell the kids to keep their bailer handy. That was probably the hardest rain I have experienced in a canoe. An overpowering amount of rain, in such volume it stuns you it can even happen."

Saturday, September 8th, 2018 . . . . .

Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes") has completed another multi-part trip-log on his All Of Algonquin website, of his "Four Days in July" .. a canoe trip that he and his buddy took, starting via the Tim River .. and paddling through Rosebary, Longbow, Queer, Little Misty, Moccasin, Sawyer, Rain, Casey, Daisy, and Ralph Bice Lakes .. ending up at Magnetawan Lake.

Part One: "The River Mild".
Part Two: "The Moccassin Lake Shuffle".
Part Three: "The Road Well Traveled".
Part Four: "Ralph Bice, Butt Lake and Eagle Lake".

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 . . . . .

Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes") has completed two more trip-logs on his All Of Algonquin website.

First was a two-part, two-day weekend trip out of Kiosk during "buggy June". Drew and his friend travelled a loop starting through Mink, Club, and Mouse Lake (where they camped). They then continued via Big Thunder, Erables, and Maple Lakes .. and returned by Maple Creek to Kioshkokwi Lake .. "Welcome to Kiosk: The Mouse Lake Swarm" ..and .. "Welcome to Kiosk Part Two: Escaping the Bugocalypse"

Second was a daytrip loop (July 1st) out of Canoe Lake .. by Bonita, Tea, Coot, Swan and Smoke Lakes .. a hot and buggy exploration .. "Swan Lake".

Sunday, July 29th 2018 . . . . .

A new 432 page release by Roderick (Rory) MacKay "Algonquin Park - A Place Like No Other" takes the reader through the park's early indigenous hunters and gatherers, their displacement by colonist lumbermen, the formation of the Park in 1893, the growth of lodges camps and cottage leases, the challenges dealt with by park superintendents, the co-existence of regulated logging and recreation, the role today’s Algonquin People will have within the park and much more.

Brian Maltman (Director of The Friends of Algonquin Park) has said, "This is the definitive work on the human history of the Park, and how it has been shaped by the people who explore, work in, live in and love this place."

Wednesday, June 20th 2018 . . . . .

Robert M. (a.k.a. 'Uppa of Kayak Camper') has completed publishing the 4-part video documentation of his 2018 Ice Out seven-day kayak trip.

Video 1 - Days 1 & 2: Robert set out from Achray and met-up with Drew (of allofalgonquin.com) at Carcajou Bay. They then paddled via McDonald Creek to Guthrie and Clover Lakes.
Video 2 – Day 3: Robert and Drew traveled to Tarn and St Andrews Lakes.
Video 3 – Days 4 & 5: Drew departed back home. Robert day-tripped to 'High Falls'. Then he headed to a new basecamp on Francis Lake.
Video 4 – Days 6 & 7: On day 6, Robert day-tripped to the Barron Canyon. Day 7 was his departure day from Francis Lake.

Wednesday, June 20th 2018 . . . . .

Drew (forum handle: "AlgonquinLakes") has posted a 2-part account on his All Of Algonquin website, of the 4-days of the 2018 Ice Out trip he shared with Robert M. (a.k.a. 'Uppa of Kayak Camper') .. Four Lakes to Clover .. and Tarn Lake And A Whole Lot Of Walking.

"It was kind of like wading through snow. My feet sunk into ankle deep ice water/mud with pretty much every step and my toes were quickly numb. We double carried to save weight, and stuck to the edge of the meadow where the ground was, theoretically, a bit firmer. Eventually, we both managed to make it across relatively unscathed and without getting sucked into a never ending pit of Algonquin quicksand."

Wednesday, June 13th 2018 . . . . .

As you plan your backcountry canoe trips, remember to check over the Portage and Campsite Inventory .. not only to refer to campsite and portage details along your way .. but also to identify gaps in the PCI that you may be able to fill on your trips.

There are new updated field-worksheets available to print and take with you, to help in the gathering of portage and campsite information, in preparation for email submission to the website upon your return.

Sunday, April 8th 2018 . . . . .

Mark Rubino started his MarkInThePark.com website in 2005, mainly as a way to keep track of all the lakes he'd had camped on. He soon discovered that not only reading other people’s trip-logs was addictive, but that writing them was lots of fun too. His presence in the online Algonquin Park community has been well established over the past decade.

He has recently redesigned his website to make it an even more rewarding experience. He has also started offering a Guided Canoe Trips service.

Friday, March 23rd 2018 . . . . .

Ian Young has completed the sixth and final video installment on his YouTube Channel of his 8-day canoe trip with three buds, that he took last year ... Algonquin 8-Day Canoe Trip 2017

Their trip took them out of Rain Lake, looping via Daisy, Ralph Bice, Queer, Tim River, Big Trout, White Trout, McIntosh, Misty and Moccasin Lakes.

Ian recorded a lot of great footage, including a lengthly encounter with a bull moose while paddling the narrow Tim River!

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.

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