Shall Lake Access Point - Algonquin Provincial Park

Booth Lake Canoe Trip

Algonquin Provincial Park

July 1 - 4, 2010

Booth Lake Canoe Trip - Loon Island Outdoors

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Day 4

Booth Lake to Home

Heading home down Booth Lake, Algonquin Provincial ParkWe got up about 20 after 7am. I'd been awake for awhile but there was no need to rush Peter. After the obligatory morning pee, I got dressed and packed up my sleeping bag and clothes. Peter got the fire going and put the kettle on to boil the water for our oatmeal. I was pleasantly surprised to find that he had packed his clothes up too before coming out of the tent. While Peter finished getting breakfast ready, I packed up his sleeping bag and the sleeping pads then started taking the tent down. Usually you have to dry out the fly and the bottom of the tent, just from condensation if nothing else but this time they were good and dry. Peter helped me pack up the tent and we were loaded up and on the water by 9am.

Approaching the portage from Booth Lake to Kitty Lake, Algonquin Provincial ParkWe trolled back down Booth Lake with a handy assist from the wind. The good news was that it was still blowing from the west for the 4th straight day. There was a bit of a crowd at the portage but we squeezed in and stacked our gear up out of the way before I carried the canoe down to the Kitty Lake end of the portage. We made it across in 2 Peter portaging from Booth Lake to Kitty Lake1/2 trips which was 3 for me and 2 for Peter. He tried to carry the orange pack for me but it was just too long and kept whacking him in the butt.

We were across the portage and fishing on the other side by 10:30am. We finally found a place where we were catching more Smallmouth Bass than Rock Bass but still little ones. We fished around Kitty Lake hoping that we would have some better luck since this was where we had caught our Northern Pike on the way in, but no luck. We Looking downstream towards Kitty Lake from the portage to Booth Lakestopped and fished some more before the swift that separates Kitty Lake from Farm Lake and caught a few more Smallmouth Bass and Rock Bass. We finally caught enough that Peter figured he could stop counting them. As a fishing trip, this had been pretty disappointing.

We watched while 4 or 5 groups lined and waded their canoes down the swift. I had scouted it as we waded up on the way in and the center left had looked to be a nice clean, fairly deep run. Once the crowd had cleared out, Peter and I ran down it cleanly. There were a couple of shallow submerged rocks that we avoided but I think the worst they would have done is scratched the paint even if we had bumped them.

Kitty Lake Cabin, Algonquin Provincial ParkPeter wanted to take a picture of the Kitty Lake cabin (which is actually on Farm Lake, did I mention that already?) and since his camera works much better when you are standing still, we reeled in our lines so we could pull in to shore. Well, we started to reel in our lines. My line was hung up on the hook on my 2nd rod. You can only use 1 rod at a time, but I keep one rod set up for trolling and one for casting. My casting rod was hanging out the stern of the canoe where it is generally out of the way. Only this time the hook on the casting rod caught the line I was trolling with. I gave the line a shake, thought it was untangled and turned back to continue reeling in only to hear a splash. Uh Oh! Yep, I was missing a fishing rod. A quick look at the depth finder showed that the water was only 7' deep. As I looked into the water Peter said "You are not not going in there!" I assured him that it was shallow and went back to reeling in my line. Fortunately the fishing gods were smiling on me even if the fish gods weren't Chipmunk at the Kitty Lake cabinand I happily reeled in my lost rod. Whoo Hoo! (Sorry folks, no pictures of the rod rescue, I wasn't taking the risk of losing it a 2nd time)

With the excitement over, we pulled in to shore and took a few pictures of the cabin and its current chipmunk tenants. After that it was more fruitless fishing back down Farm Lake to the take out. We were loaded up and on our way home by 2:30pm.Fishing Farm Lake, Algonquin Provincial Park

Overall this was a great trip. The weather was beautiful and warm, even though it was a bit windier than we would have liked and despite the rather disappointing fishing. I'm not sure how soon we'll be back to this corner of Algonquin, but that bit of the Opeongo River that we Back at the Shall Lake Access Point, Algonquin Provincial Parkexplored was really pretty and we might just need to follow it further on up towards Annie's Bay someday.



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