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 Post subject: Aikens Lake Portage
PostPosted: July 12th, 2010, 6:59 pm 
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This portage is, well, a nice walk in the park.

Easy to find on both ends, generally a breeze to follow given the amount of flagging and inukshuks, although we did detour a couple of times we then flagged it to avoid errors on the way back.

Most likely due to the immense amount of rain we had already received it was quite wet at the beginning and then muddy at the end. There was 3 sections of walking through water, 2 being outlets of the beaver pond which is at waypoint 003 on the map, photo's 16,17 and 22.

We did it in two carries each way, leap frogging the gear and I waypointed at each point we stopped in each direction.

Mostly it is up and down over rock, with one spot that is a wee cliff that the picture doesn't do justice to, pic 0023.

A couple of hours to do this for us old gals.


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 Post subject: Re: Aikens Lake Portage
PostPosted: July 12th, 2010, 7:01 pm 
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PostPosted: July 12th, 2010, 7:02 pm 
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PostPosted: July 12th, 2010, 7:03 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Aikens Lake Portage
PostPosted: July 12th, 2010, 7:26 pm 
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I did some brush work at the outlet of the beaver dam a few weeks before. Those beavers are amazing!
Just noticed how high the water is at the Aikens L. end. we had sand beach to take out on.
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 Post subject: Re: Aikens Lake Portage
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And the water got even higher while we were there.

The fire ring on the beach was under 6 inches of water.


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 Post subject: Re: Aikens Lake Portage
PostPosted: July 12th, 2010, 8:00 pm 
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Wow, that is really neat to see! My wife and I did this route 23 years ago, in 1987 I believe. We returned through the Obukowins. When we did the portage to Aikens, the area had been burnt over fairly recently, say in the past 3 years. As a result there were huge downed trees everywhere. The portage was an absolute nightmare, actually worse than the Obukowins which we did 3 weeks later. Of course our loads were substantially heavier too.

It is nice to see all the young trees and that the area is passable again.

I really miss the Manitoba-Ontario border area, it is a magnificent canoeing area. This area (North Bay/Temagami) is not too shabby either, but there is something about the boreal that I really love...

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 Post subject: Re: Aikens Lake Portage
PostPosted: July 12th, 2010, 8:07 pm 
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There are reminders of the burn to be seen still along the portage. The largest trees are at either end of the trail.


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 Post subject: Re: Aikens Lake Portage
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I realize that this post is 7 years old but I was wondering if anyone has been through here recently and has some new intel on the portage?

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 Post subject: Re: Aikens Lake Portage
PostPosted: March 18th, 2017, 9:26 pm 
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I went in and out on that portage in 2016 and found it to me in great shape. 1800 meters but a nice portage. There are some logs to cross on below the beaver dam in the middle of the portage. There is a small campsite at the Aikens end of the portage but a really big nice one NW across the small bay. This is the link to my full trip report including G4 map link, youtube video link, gpx file and a report.

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 Post subject: Re: Aikens Lake Portage
PostPosted: March 18th, 2017, 11:53 pm 
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@Nandagikendan Karin, Christy and Martin are just about as best of a resource you'll find on accessing Aikens. No exaggeration; Google Martin Kehoe Canoe and the first thing that pops up is Obukowin Portage info!

Generally, it's recommended to use the Obukowin (Three Mothers) portages in dry years and the Broadleaf in wet years.

What route are you paddling? I plan to use the portage in July as my wife and I make our way up to the Berens River. Hopefully there's enough water to paddle the Broadleaf. In dry years this is a concern. We've had a lot of snow up here but the early melting has me a little worried.


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 Post subject: Re: Aikens Lake Portage
PostPosted: April 1st, 2017, 5:40 am 
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Neil

In both 2013 (early June) and 2015 (last week in May) we ran out of water on the Broadleaf just upstream of Leaf Lake. I mean like getting out of the boat and pulling it across gravel bars mid river, ha ha. However, at the time the portages upstream had not yet been cleared of deadfall from the snowdown event up from Leaf, which Marten did last year.
Both of those years the snow pack left before the ice went out leaving the rivers with no real spring run off. Last Autumn the rivers were all close to Spring run off levels, we had above average snow over the Winter and presently, where we are at least, there is an abundance of water and we had heavy rain on Wednesday night as well. I could go paddle most of the farmers fields around me if I wanted. We also still have a fair amount of snow out here so I bet the Rivers will be normal or better this year. We may be going that way this Summer as well, with the bucket list quest. Christy gets more time off than I do and a possible trip to Geraldton is part of the equation.

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 Post subject: Re: Aikens Lake Portage
PostPosted: April 10th, 2017, 6:40 pm 
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Well, 13 and 15 and now 17, snow gone, ice still in. Lets hope for rain.

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