Greenleaf-White Partridge-Eustache

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Additional Route Information
Distance: 
70 km
Duration: 
5 days
Loop Trip: 
No
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
22
Total Portage Distance: 
30 m
Longest Portage: 
6070 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Intermediate
Lake Travel: 
Intermediate
Portaging: 
Difficult
Remoteness: 
Intermediate
Background Trip Info
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Route Description
Technical Guide: 

See detailed trip log. Overview follows:

Drop a car at Lake Travers for shuttle.
Put-in at Achray.
12 km up Grand Lake to the hydro line (consider potential of high wind down the lake).
2P5630+3P440 to Greenleaf Lake, with cliffs and rare ferns.
Paddle and portage to White Partridge Lake (note: 4P4570 is the most stenuous portage I have found in Algonquin.
Portage and paddle 12km down White Partridge Creek to Crow River: very winding, but only 2-3 liftovers when water was high and travel was downstream (otherwise, 12-15, and plenty of clutching alder).
Paddle and portage down Crow River and down Petawawa River: be wary of dangerous rapids.
3P2650 to Lake Eustache: beautiful lake, deepest in the park, surrounded by cliffs.
Paddle and (mostly!) portage down Petawawa River to Lake Travers. Shuttle back to Achray (45 mins one way.)

Trip Journal/Log/Report/Diary: 

Rating Code Dist (m) From To Est (min) Add (min) Time Actual Rating Notes
Friday 5:00 PM 5:00 PM
B Travel to Achray 135 45.0 8:00 PM Dinner. Gate closes 10 PM Friday May 2
B Shuttle to/from Travers 90 9:30 PM 9:45 PM Car camping

Saturday 9:00 AM 8:30 AM
L 12000 Grand Lake 144 11:24 AM 10:45 Leave early to avoid wind?
2 P 5630 Grand Lake Portage 123 67.5 2:34 PM 14:25 Incl lunch. Cart path, with 170m climb. Watch for bears.
3 P 440 Portage Greenleaf Lake 19 2:52 PM
L 1000 Greenleaf Lake 12 3:04 PM High cliffs. Lake trout.

Sunday 9:00 AM 8:45 AM Leave early to arrive early?
L 1000 Greenleaf Lake 12 9:12 AM
3 P 1530 Greenleaf Lake Barron Lake 41 9:52 AM Easy, after 50m.
L 3200 Barron Lake 38 10:31 AM
3 P 1510 Barron Lake Loonskin Lake 48 11:18 AM Lo-maint, but easy.
L 1600 Loonskin Lake 19 11:37 AM 10:56 AM
4 P 4570 Loonskin Lake North Branch Lake 124 91.5 3:13 PM 3:25 PM Incl lunch; Lo-maint. 90m climb. Toughest portage in the park(?)
L 1500 North Branch Lake 18 3:31 PM Alternative Sunday campsite. Brook trout. Scenic.
4 P 1135 North Branch Lake May Lake 38 9.6 4:19 PM Lo-maint. 40m climb.
L 500 May Lake 6 4:25 PM
5 P 485 May Lake White Partridge Lake 22 35.0 5:22 PM Lo-maint. Steep downhill.
L 1500 White Partridge Lake 18 5:40 PM 5:00 PM Lake trout to 26 in.

Monday 9:00 AM
L 1500 White Partridge Lake 18 9:18 AM 10:00 AM Fishing camp at end of road; "no vehicle access"
1 P 2200 White Partridge Lake Partridge Creek 65 30.9 10:53 AM Lo-maint. Old settlement road: easy.
R 2500 Partridge Creek 50 12.5 11:56 AM Incl Lunch, and 25% for winding creek and beaver dams. RP50 about 2-3 km downriver. Brook trout avg 8 in.
2 P 50 Partridge Creek Partridge Creek 11 12:07 PM
R 9500 Partridge Creek 190 77.5 4:34 PM In total, only 2-3 liftovers out of 12-15 dams, because going downriver in high water. Clutching alders!
3 P 2270 Partridge Creek Crow River 55 15.1 5:45 PM Creekside path. Obstacle rock climb.

Tuesday 9:00 AM 8:45 AM
R 2000 Crow River 40 9:40 AM Reputedly good fishing on the Crow.
2 P 20 Crow River Crow River 10 9:50 AM
R 200 Crow River 4 9:54 AM
2 P 450 Crow River Crow River 19 10:13 AM
R 200 Crow River 4 10:17 AM
3 P 155 Crow River Crow River 13 10:30 AM Scenic falls/rapids. Brook trout.
R 2500 Petawawa River 50 30.0 11:50 AM Lunch
3 P 390 Petawawa River Petawawa River 18 12:08 PM Wagtail Rap (3). Scenic. Careful at takeout.
R 1600 Petawawa River 32 30.0 1:10 PM Explore Wagtail Creek
4 P 1400 Petawawa River Petawawa River 38 1:48 PM MacDonald Rap (5). Alt: Railway on left.
R 100 Petawawa River 2 1:50 PM
4 P 200 Petawawa River Petawawa River 14 2:04 PM Bypass Falls(X). Take bay to right. Scenic at put-in.
R 100 Petawawa River 2 2:06 PM Alternative Tuesday campsite
3 P 275 Petawawa River Petawawa River 16 2:21 PM
R 100 Petawawa River 2 2:23 PM
3 P 2650 Petawawa River Eustache Lake 76 36.7 4:16 PM 4:00 PM Lo-maint
L 500 Eustache Lake 6 4:22 PM Deepest lake in the park. Spectacular cliffs: Clear water. Trout. The best secret of the park.

Wednesday 9:00 AM
L 500 Eustache Lake 6 9:06 AM 11:00 AM
3 P 2650 Eustache Lake Petawawa River 76 36.7 10:58 AM Lo-maint
3 P 550 Petawawa River Petawawa River 21 11:19 AM Devil's Cellar Rap(5). Scenic.
R 100 Petawawa River 2 11:21 AM Lunch
4 P 1050 Petawawa River Petawawa River 31 11:52 AM Temptations (X).
R 200 Petawawa River 4 11:56 AM
3 P 660 Petawawa River Lake Travers 23 12:20 PM 2:00 PM Poplar Rap (5).

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
031F13 Achray 031E16 Lake Laveille
Other
Special Comments: 

This isn't a paddling trip,it's a hike with canoes! But, it takes to you some remote and beautiful parts of the park. Be forewarned that White Partridge Lake attracts motorized fishing boats until the end of June.

Comments

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

Comments: 

I portaged from North Branch Lake to Greenleaf Lake in one day, and that was enough, my brother and I were on our seventh day of our Algonquin crossing {it took us 9 nights from access #3}. We are in very good health and have lots of stamina, I think the average person would have lots of difficulty. When it comes to the North Branch to Loonskin portage, I thougt it wasn`t that bad, even whith a 70 lbs, fiberglass canoe. Good luck and have a safe trip.