Mink Creek To Big Thunder Lake Portage

Length of portage: 190 meters.

Portage maintenance regular or low: Regular.

Elevation above Sea Level @ Mink Creek is 403 meters (approx.).

Elevation above Sea Level @ Big Thunder Lake is 405 meters.

Difference in elevation: 2 meters (approx.).

Elevation of highest point: 412 meters (as per 'JM'). Overall rise/fall: 9 meters.

(Above data extracted from 'Jeff's Map')

Landing at Mink Creek

Co-ordinates of location: N45 59.958' W78 44.360'

Topography of under-water approach: Mud.

Impediments to disembarking from and/or unloading a canoe: A 0.5m lift out of canoe. If possible, when loading or unloading, secure canoe and carry directly to haulage area all non-waterproof items.

Topography of the ascending grade: Flat to haulage area with a carry over some logs and rocks.

Impediments to moving gear to portage trail: This is very soft wet ground. You cannot get to the haulage area without sinking into the mud somewhere. Some well placed logs and rocks help.

Mink Creek Landing ...

No matter where you step, you sink or squish ...

Mud ...

Portage Trail

General description: A short trail with a steep climb up from Mink Creek that levels off, then downhill to Big Thunder Lake.

Topographical impediments to travelling: At the Mink Creek landing, mud can be an issue. The trail is very rocky and rooty.

Areas susceptible to impact by periods of rain or beaver flooding: Mink Creek landing.

Landing at Big Thunder Lake

Topography of under-water approach: Shallow water, silt.

Impediments to disembarking from and/or unloading a canoe: None.

Topography of the ascending grade: Slight grade to haulage area.

Impediments to moving gear to portage trail: None

A little manouvering is required to land ...

Silt underwater with a couple of impediments ...

Room to launch 1 canoe at a time ...

Thanks to Jeffrey McMurtrie of Jeff'sMap for supplying the base-layer map component by Creative Commons licensing.

Submitted by Chris Taylor, visited September 2014, submitted October 26, 2014