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
     

Canoe Trip Reports

Lake Temagami

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Lessons Learned
Photo Gallery

 

Lessons Learned

  1. Snap on belt pouches turn out not to be a good idea. Scott had done a good job having his Swiss Army knife and some other gear organized in his belt pouch. However it disappeared from his belt sometime on day 2.
  2. A great fireplace that you can't see for the smokeA smokey fire can play havoc with your pictures. The campsite we stayed at the 2nd night had an awesome fireplace, but there was enough smoke when I was taking pictures that you can't see it at all.
  3. When campsites are far apart and completely unreserved, an early start to the day is a good idea. I'm not much of a morning person but it would have been a good idea for this trip. We usually found that the site we were hoping to stop at was already occupied, which kept us paddling later in the day than we would have liked. I think that if we had started earlier each day that we would have had a better chance of finding an empty site when we were ready to stop.
  4. You need to use your compass, especially if it's your first time on this lake. After our detour around the south end of Bear Island on day 2, I kept the compass out and checked it regularly while we were travelling and we were never off track again.

What Worked Well

  1. Adapting to the circumstances. Once we realized that our original plan was a bit too ambitious, we adjusted the plan and had a great trip touring Lake Temagami itself.
  2. Waiting out the wind. We had planned our food and even our adjusted route well enough that when we were faced with some serious wind and waves on our last day, we didn't have to take chances and try to push through some dangerous weather. Instead we patiently waited out the wind before carrying on.

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