La Verendryé Circuit 34

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Route submitted by: 
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Additional Route Information
Distance: 
44 km
Duration: 
3 days
Loop Trip: 
Yes
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
5
Total Portage Distance: 
735 m
Longest Portage: 
360 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Not applicable
Lake Travel: 
Novice
Portaging: 
Easy
Remoteness: 
Novice
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

clock-wise travel.
Put-in at the Portage SEPAQ site
West on Lac du Portage.
Runnable passage into Lac Larouche
South on Lac Larouche.
185m portage into Lac Fada and Lac Moran
Push over beaver dam before a 360m portage into lac Quenelle
Runnable stream to Lac Mitchell
Through a culvert into Mitchell Creek.
West on Lac Duman
Runnable creek into Lac Nizard
Half way down Lac Nizard cut North into a long bay.
Mandatory portage to Lac Racine.
Mandatory portage into Grand Lac.
North arm of Grand Lac to Grand Barrage fishcamp.
Mandatory portage to Lac au Barrage.

Trip Journal/Log/Report/Diary: 

CIRCUIT 34 Solo (40K)Clock-wise
Lac du Portage put-in/take-out.
A large put-in, car park and overnight camping spot (with outhouse) at Lac du Portage is across Regional Road 28 from the SEPAQ site and down a short narrow road. Le Domaine staff state problems with vandalism at Larouche site.

Sunday 10Aug03 (12K)
Partially overcast and medium North wind.
Depart at 11:15 heading East on Lac du Portage
12:30 slow-moving runnable passage between Lac du Portage and Lac Larouche and lunch break.
14:30 Camp south arm of Lac Larouche. Island campsite 34-23 (rating 8/10). Christened Blueberry Island because it was covered in blueberries. Provided an excellent accompaniment to next morning's granola. Found one old bear scat - nothing else. Nice, sheltered landing and good rocks for swimming. Stew supper. Barrel not hung but put away from camp.
Monday 11Aug(15K)
Overcast, medium North wind.
Granola and an orange for breakfast and depart at 10:10
11:00 Portage to Lac Fada (20 minutes, nothing to note)
Portage to Lac Quenelle
Moran Creek: pushed through the first beaver dam; through a culvert under the road and into a long very winding creek. Creek was fun as it seemed to wind and go forever although a bit buggy. Took about an hour to transit.
17:30 Camp on Lac Duman. Campsite 34-47 (rating 3/10) Dark, buggy and not much room. Rocky landing. No beach. Spaghetti supper. Barrel not hung but put away from camp.

Tuesday, 12Aug (13K)
Clear and no noticeable wind.
Depart at 08:05
Checked out several other campsites on Lac Nizard.
33-19 island site. (rating 2/10) Dark, buggy, very small pads; rough campsite.
33-16 (rating 7/10) Good view; good ventilation, smallish tent pads slope somewhat, good swimming rocks.
33-14 (rating 7/10) Good view; good ventilation, good swimming rocks.
Portages to Grand Lac not friendly. First: portage right just before a rocky chute that can't be run. Be careful. One canoe take-out amongst the rocks. Second: portage left. Rocky and tree-strewn chute that can't be run. Put-in and take-out large enough for several canoes.
18:00 Camp on Grand Lac. Campsite 30-10. (rating 8/10). Lots of room, nice big beach and good view. A small sampling of raspberries. Laundry. Pizza supper. Barrel not hung but put away from camp.
Wednesday 13Aug
Big breakfast: bacon, eggs and hashbrowns, coffee, orange slices.
Departed camp 11:15.

Instead of finsihing the circuit, turned West down Grand Lac to do Circuit 30.

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
F.Q.C.K. Carte 2 is all that is really required.
Other
Special Comments: 

A large put-in, car park and overnight camping spot (with outhouse) at Lac du Portage is across Regional Road 28 from the SEPAQ site on Lac du Portage and down a short narrow road. Le Domaine staff state problems with vandalism at Larouche site.
A slow-moving runnable passage between Lac du Portage and Lac Larouche.
Island campsite 34-23 (rating 8/10). Christened Blueberry Island because it was covered in blueberries. Nice, sheltered landing and good rocks for swimming.
Portage to Lac Quenelle 1 hour.
Moran Creek: pushed through the first beaver dam; through a culvert under the road and into a long very winding creek.
Took about an hour to transit.
Campsite 34-47 (rating 3/10) Dark, buggy and not much room. Rocky landing. No beach.
33-19 island site. (rating 2/10) Dark, buggy, very small pads; rough campsite.
33-16 (rating 7/10) Good view; good ventilation, smallish tent pads slope somewhat, good swimming rocks.
33-14 (rating 7/10) Good view; good ventilation, good swimming rocks.
Portages to Grand Lac not friendly. First: portage right just before a rocky chute that can't be run. Be careful. One canoe take-out amongst the rocks. Second: portage left. Rocky and tree-strewn chute that can't be run. Put-in/take-out large enough for several canoes.

RR 27 can access the portage between Lac Larouche and Lac Fada, campsite 34-33 on Lac Moran, a put-in half-way down Lac Mitchell and the fish-camp at the south end of Lac Mitchell at the start of Moran Creek.