A quiet evening fishing on Lake Temagami - Loon Island Outdoors

Exploring Lake Temagami

August 4 - 8, 2008

Celebrating a successful canoe trip on Lake Temagami - Loon Island Outdoors

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Lake Temagami

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Day 3 - Sweet Water Bay to Buggy Birch Bay

Sweet Water Bay Campsite - Lake TemagamiIt rained a lot last night, including a huge thunderstorm that passed right over top of us. It's about 9:30am now and we're eating magnificently cooked pancakes prepared by Chef Scott and Sous Chef Peter. From our site we can hear the meal bells at Campe Keewaydin.

This morning we need to decide if we are going to back track to try and find Scott's belt bouch and his knife or if we are just going to keep on going and stick to the original route plan. We know that if we back track, then we definitely won't have enough time to still make the full loop through Diamond and Obabika. Having had a night to sleep on it we're questioning whether 5 days is enough for the loop anyway. When Wendy did this trip with her family both she and her sister were teenagers and while our kids are good canoe trippers they are still only 7, 9 and 12. In the end we decide that it's worth backtracking to try and find Scott's stuff and to be honest I think it made the rest of the trip more relaxed.

Loon displaying off of Devil Point, Lake TemagamiAfter getting going at a good time yesterday, we were pretty slow today. I'll blame part of that on the pancakes as they really do take a long time to cook, but I don't think that's really enough to explain why it was almost noon before we were packed up and on the water.

Heading back south, our first stop was at the Devil Point site but there was no sign of Scott's knife there. I had been hoping we would find it there and then we could continue on north and at least get up as far as Diamond Lake on this trip. No luck, so we paddled on south back to Cedarstrip Canoe pulled up at Devil Point, Lake TemagamiLong Island. I know for sure that Scott still had the belt pouch there because it shows up in one of the pictures and I'm pretty sure we knew that at the time too. Unfortunately after taking a good look around Long Island there was still no sign of the belt pouch or any of the contents.

Having backtracked this far, we decided to head over and work our way up the Northwest Arm of Lake Temagami. If we had made it through the loop, then we would have been coming back through the Northwest Arm from Obabika Lake.

The Canadian Adventure Camp is on an island and we were able to sneak through the channel on the north side of that island to get over to Gibsons Bay. Once you get through Gibsons Bay and heading north again, there aren't a whole lot of established campsites. Given how late in the day we had started out, we were already thinking of finding a site and had hoped to find the first site on the eastern shore of the Northwest Arm open but it was already occupied. That left us with another hours paddle to get to the next sites which are almost at the north end of that arm of the lake, just before turning west into Obabika Inlet. The good news was that once we got up there, there would be a few sites fairly close together which made for better odds.

Buggy Birch Bay campsite, Northwest Arm of Lake TemagamiWe had caught a few fish during the day, but nothing special. On the way up the Northwest Arm we passed over a nice shoal that came up to about 20' deep. Scott was using a deep diving crankbait that we were hoping would get deep enough to maybe a Laker, although by August 20' isn't likely to be deep enough. While he didn't catch anything with it, he did get a decent bite that left teeth marks on the lure.

We ended up camping at the 2nd site on the west shore after heading north from Gibsons Bay. This was a classic Canadian Shield type site with a long rock slope up from the water, but then a decent flat area at the top. We had ended up Making kindling?travelling later than than we would have liked, which is a good lesson to get moving earlier. The real downside was that I didn't have any energy left to do some evening fishing. Oh well.

This was also the first site we had stopped at without a thunderbox. We were prepared for that, but so far had been lucky and there were thunderboxes at the sites we had stayed at the previous 2 nights. Since Lake Temagami itself isn't part of a provincial park, the sites aren't maintained by the MNR. Rather they are maintained by the local camps and businesses, who deserve full credit for their work.

Dinner tonight was stew and dumplings. The kids verdict on the stew was "It was good" and "Next time, no mushrooms or tofu, ground beef instead". They also named this site Buggy Birch Bay. Do you think the bugs were a bit annoying?

We were all in bed by 9:30pm and I don't think anyone was complaining.



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