Hi all ... We have our spring trip booked and now the optimist in me has turned his attention to the summer months ... there's a good chance I'll be able to get to the park in july or august for a 2 night stay ... obviously there's a lot of options but I was thinking about taking the water taxi at opeongo to save a days paddling and get a little farther inland ... perhaps go up to Big Crow lake and have the option of some nice hikes, going up the river and seeing some big pines, heading to hogan to do some fishing, etc. Seemed like a decent option. I'd try and drive up to algonquin the day before and camp some place so we'd be one of the first up opeongo in the AM giving us a full day plus the better part of two more days. But thats just a quick scan of the map ... I know there's likely dozens of options ... I'd like to hear any that you might suggest ...
The only thing is that we are coming from Ottawa and would like to keep the travel time to a minimum ... other than that we are wide open to suggestions.
That looks very interesting ... I read a trip log and it seems like you can get the weekend camping crowd there ... would you guys recommend an island site on sec or perhaps the one farthest west? I also see an unmaintained site on log canoe lake ... it would certainly be away from the crowds. What are the smaller lakes around it like?
dano - my brother-in-law and his young son came across a bear on that portage to Log Canoe L Spring '09, it was foraging up top of that ridge just before the lake. Met a guy walking out of Wet L portage from the access (e.g. cart trail) summer 09 that claimed to have been stalked by a bear on his way back. There was also a bear found dead one winter on a frozen Turquoise Lake, it had been dragged out of its den by wolves and killed.
The campsite is poor on Log Canoe L and there are no game fish species in her (was stocked with brook trout in the 70's - but none left now).
Personally, I've only ever encountered issues on Sec Lake in terms of crowds on 2 holiday weekends: Canada Day and Labor Day. Otherwise I've never had a problem getting a site without a reservation, and generally only 3-5 other groups are on the lake at a time (lake does see day-visitors though). In some instances we're the only ones there (shoulder seasons) - very surprising given its location.