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Sunday, May 13th, 2012 . . . . .

Last year, Jeff Wilson and his buddy took a mid-August there-and-back four day trip to Misty Lake via the Petawawa River. While the single-day of canoeing there involved a total distance of 34 kilometers (4.3km of portages and 29.7km of paddling), their 3-night stay on Misty Lake was quite comfortable and relaxing. ... Algonquin Park 2011 - 3 nights (Misty).

"Around 6:00 PM the wind had subsided as the sun was making it's way towards the horizon and we went for a nice swim. There must have been 2,000 minnows that would follow us around wherever we went. The water temperature was a little cool but was just perfect for cooling off. Some time around 7:00 PM, the sky began clouding over and we had visions of potential rain in the night so we decided to put the tarp up over the tent."

Monday, May 7th, 2012 . . . . .

Through negotiations with the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario, the Algonquins of Ontario are working towards the settlement of an outstanding land claim dating back to 1772. Representatives of Algonquins living in nine communities in the area south of the Ottawa and Mattawa rivers and the Council of the Algonquins of Pikwkanagn First Nation are taking a unified approach in negotiating with the two governments to reach a settlement of their land claim. The land claim area includes the vast majority of Algonquin Provincial Park.

As the negotiation process draws close to finalizing an Agreement in Principle, it may be considered timely to check out the Algonquins' perspective by referencing their Algonquin Nation website.

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 . . . . .

Greg Betteridge works for the Algonquin Fisheries Assessment Unit. They are conducting their annual trout fishing survey out of the Opeongo office again this year. They are hoping everyone participates. Greg has sent in a backgrounder for the upcoming 2012 Algonquin Park Trout Fishing Survey.

Greg has also provided the link to The 2011 Algonquin Park Trout fishing Survey Final Results to November 18, 2011.

The photo to the right is of Andrew Young, one of last year's winners.

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 . . . . .

The Algonquin Forestry Authority (AFA) is registered to the Canadian Standards Association's Sustainable Forest Management Standard, which is intended to assure that its forestry operations are managed in an ecologically sustainable manner. This standard requires that the AFA involve interested parties in a public consultation process.

As part of the public consultation process, the AFA has a Forestry Certification section in its website, which includes a substantial auto-submittable PDF form, titled .. Public Value Questionnaire. If you want to take part in the consultation process, this form is a convenient opportunity to do so.

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 . . . . .

The detailed 2012-2013 AFA Seasonal Schedule of Operations Map Is now online here.

Last year, the Algonquin Backcountry Recreationalists (ABR) requested that more AFA haulage route information (Spring/Fall haulage routes) be included in the AFA's Schedule of Operations map.

The AFA's agreement to provide this extra information will allow recreationalists to better avoid noises associated with logging operations.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 . . . . .

Algonquin Adventures is proud to co-host Algonquin Outfitters' new photo contest "New Arrivals to Algonquin Park".

Entries can include everything from young wildlife, spring flowers and buds or even kids enjoying Algonquin Park. Photos from any season can be entered, not just spring. But they should follow the theme "New Arrivals to Algonquin Park".

To enter the contest, or to view current entries, checkout the Photography Section.

Friday, March 23rd, 2012 . . . . .

Verification has been received from Greg Wake [Supervisor, Provincial Park Management] that in January of 2011 the tent-count restriction on interior campsites had been lifted. The amendment was Ontario Regulation 22/11 .. made under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserve Act 2006 (Amending O. Reg. 347/07).

7. (1) Subsection 19 (1) of the Regulation is amended by striking out campground camp-site, interior camp-site or unserviced camp-site and substituting campground camp-site or unserviced camp-site.
(Ref.: www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/source/regs/english/2011/elaws_src_regs_r11022_e.htm)

Mr Wake confirmed the amendment, indicated that interior campsites shouldn't have been lumped in with campground campsites, and explained that regulations forbidding cutting or damaging any living tree or other plants would provide adequate regulation against degradation of campsites.

Monday, March 19th, 2012 . . . . .

Sam Barkwell has added a triplog of his 155 kilometer canoe trip 7 Days: Little Otterslide-Burntroot-Calumet-Opeongo-Head-Hilliard on his website .. "Wilderness Is Escape" .. in which he and eight others from Camp Wendigo tripped a really impressive loop through a big chunk of the park. Sam has also added his trip-log of 3 Days: Tim Lake.

"As we reached the fork in the river where we were to turn off to Sunfish Lake, the section of river we needed to take disappeared. I noted that on the map there was a warning of this from Jeffrey the Map Man. Should have paid more attention! We slowly slogged through ankle deep muck. After a while it became barely paddle-able. The hot sun cooking us, we finally came across Sunfish Lake! It was euphoric to finally reach a body of water wider than the length of my arm!"

Thursday, March 15th, 2012 . . . . .

"SmedleyCo" has posted a triplog of his 15-day July 9 - July 24, 2011 Meanest Link Part One on his website .. www.smedleyco.com .. in which he and five others travelled July .. from Huntsville, up the Big East River into the park, to McCraney Lake, Ralph Bice Lake, Tim Lake, Nipissing River, Cedar Lake, Petawawa River, Radiant Lake, Petawawa River, Crow River, Lake Lavieille and finally Lake Opeongo.

"Travel today was a lot of little lakes with long portages between them and leeches at every shoreline. Now six days in, the rhythm and routine was comfortable and I was really enjoying the area which is all black line portages. In fact the portage to Iagoo Lake GPSd out to over 900m instead of the 610m it is marked with. It seemed that a lot of the portages in this area were following old logging roads."

Barry Bridgeford (Site-editor)