Carl Wilson - Gull Lake Loop

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35 km
3 days
Loop Trip: 
Portage Information
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Total Portage Distance: 
6235 m
Longest Portage: 
1425 m
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Route Description
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Cedar Lake Access at Brent.
West on Cedar Lake to Little Cedar lake.
East on Little Cedar lake and upstream to Aura Lee lake
East through Aura Lee lake.
P 275 left of creek to Laurel Lake
East across Laurel lake
P 130 Right of creek to Little Cauchon Lake
Short paddle under Railway Tressel to P 1070 Into Carl Wilson Lake.
South on Carl Wilson to P 300 to Varley Lake.
West across Varley L to P 1235 to Camp Five lake.
P 420 to Glacier Lake
P 500 to Gull Lake
P 880 to Pond.
P 1425 to Cedar Lake.
paddle East through Cedar Lake back to Brent.

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
31 L/2 Kiosk 31 L/1 Brent
Other Maps: 
Algonquin Provincial Park map published by Friends of Algonquin Park
Special Comments: 

1999 May. Portages are generally well maintained and are easy. (The exception being the portages in and out of Gull Lake which were more hilly and rocky.)
Mike De Abreu


Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00


I just spent time on this troute with a group of 9 parents and their 11 year old children. The route was chosen based on the information posted above. I must stress the portaging on this route was very difficult. I have completed about 20 canoe trips in my life ranging from very easy to extremely difficult. The portages from Gull lake to Cedar lake were among the most difficult I have ever encountered. Had the conditions been wet, we would have had injuries. There are no easy portages on this route.
The location is great and the trip was still very rewarding. However, I think the portage rating above needs to read 'Moderate to Extremely Difficult'.