La Verendrye Circuit 61

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65 km
4 days
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0 m
Longest Portage: 
500 m
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North on route 117 from Le Domaine Base
East on gravel road 41 for 12km
Put in at bridge over River Canimiti
Northeast on River Canimiti
P 250m
Northeast on River Canimiti
P 5oom into Lac Rivard
Northeast through Lac Rivard
P 295m into Lac Gladu
Northeast into Lac Fourmet
Northeast through small canoe able stream into Lac
Northeast on Lac Denain
Back Southwest on Lac Denain
Southwest through small canoe able stream into Lac
Southwest into Lac Gladu
( Lac`s Fourmet & Denain are part of Circuit 63, we
entered them for fishing only)
>From Lac Gladu, P 250m. into Lac Lasaron
East through Lasaron
P 85m on no name stream
Southeast on no name stream to Lac Melar
Southeast on Lac Melar
Southeast on Lac Fleole
Southeast on Lac Epau
Southeast on no name stream out of Lac Epau
P 35m. on no name stream
Southeast on no name stream
Southeast on River Denain
P 335m.
Southeast on River Denain
South on River Chochocouane
P 210m
South on River Chochocouane
South on River Chochocouane
South on River chochocouane
West on River Canimiti
North on River Canimiti

Trip Journal/Log/Report/Diary: 

From LaDomaine canoe base, follow 117 north to gravel road 41, follow 41 12 km to bridge over River Canimiti. Put in at bridge.
It is an easy paddle upstream about 8 km to your first portage. About halfway up from the put in you will see a Indian hunting camp/cabin on river left. We, my son Dan and I, stopped to stretch and take some pictures. It was very interesting and worth the visit.
As we came up to the first portage we saw some fish breaking water in the pool at the bottom of the chute. We quickly cast into the middle and we where soon on to some good size walleyes. We caught and released a few, then began our first portage. A quick paddle and we are back out of the canoe and portaging again, this time into Lac Rivard. This was a wet portage in places, but being it was still May, it could have been worse. At the end of this portage there was a campsite just up the shoreline to the left, good for 2 tents, but we decided to push on a little further.
We paddled across Rivard, trolling some Rapala`s, but didn`t have any luck. The portage into Lac Gladu was another muddy but easy 295m. Lac Gladu has a campsite about 4km up on an island, it`s on the route map. We headed for it, hoping it to be empty. We caught some pike before we got there, and kept one for dinner. As with every trip I have made to Laverendrye(6), after the first portage I have never been shut out of a site I planned to stay at because it was occupied.
On most trips, like this one, I don`t see anyone after the first portage. Then again, the routes I take are not around LaDomaine where there are more weekend campers and I go in the spring and late summer only.
This island site on Gladu was for 2 tents, and not a 4 star site, but very nice. It was starting to cloud over, I was tired from the all night drive so maybe that could have gotten me a little grumpy. I set up camp while Dan cleaned the fish out on a little rock island, then he prepared a nice dinner of pike and rice while I gathered some more fire wood. As with every other site I have stayed at in LaVerendrye, fire wood was just a short paddle away in any small cove where the wind had blown it ashore.
We got a good nights sleep and awoke to a light rain. We broke camp after a nice bacon and egg breakfast and a pot of coffee. Our plan was to follow route 61, and we would have to backtrack a little to pick up the portage into Lac Laspron to pick up the River Denain further south. But first we wanted to paddle up route 63 away to try some fishing in its secluded lake section. We fished and paddled into Lac Fourmet, then portaged into big Lac Denain, we caught some pike, but no walleyes. Lac Fourmet had a nice island campsite for 4 tents, and Lac Denain also had one site on the north bank but we never checked it out.
The rain picked up, but the fishing never really got hot, we paddled to the end of Denain and turned around, fishing our way back to our island campsite from the night before on Lac Gladu. Again we enjoyed a pike dinner, and got to bed early in the light rain.
Next morning was clear but cool and breazy, we headed out after making sure everything was dry and secure in the canoe. The portage into Lac Laspron was an easy 210m., then an easy 85m. into Lac Melar, Between Lac Melar and the small narrows that leads into Lac Fleole we saw a large bull moose standing waist deep in the water. In the next 5km. we saw 4 more moose, one was another large bull. It was an amazing day of paddling for us.
After Lac Fleole we entered Lac Epau. Epau would be the last lake for a few days, most of the next 2 days would be spent on the slow moving River Denain and the larger but equally slow moving Chochocouane. Just below Lac Epau is a small sheltered campsite at a small falls where you must portage. We set up there, had a quick lunch, then paddled back up to Lac Epau to fish and watch for more moose. We didn`t see any moose and didn`t catch a single fish well into evening. In this case, I really believe the weather had shut the fishing down, this was a secluded lake that couldn`t see much fishing pressure and to not catch one fish...Or maybe it was our lack of skill to adapt to conditions! Nah, it was the weather.
We had a good nights sleep, hearing the water rush over the falls was soothing and we were up early trying to catch something in the fast water below the next morning. Oh well, oatmeal is good for breakfast also.
The paddle down to River Chochocouane was an easy slow moving stream with an easy carry around a ledge. This is one of those streams that has alot of switchbacks and it seems to take forever to get anywhere. I enjoyed it, we moved as quiet as possible and saw some wildlife, but no moose or bear. The water level was not flood, but high, and we passed over a few logs that might be a problem in the summer months, but not enough to stay off the route, imo . We could hear the rapids of Chochocouane as we approached the big river, fortunately they were upstream of our travel and we enjoyed the quick current for a while.
At the spot where River Denain meets River Chochocouane, there is a large open area, with tables and fire pits, and plenty of room to camp. There is also a road that leads into this spot, so I assume some folks car camp here. We had to go 21km. on River Chochocauane, with 3 portages, the longest about 400m. The river is wide here, maybe 100 m. average, and slow moving. It is also pretty boring, and not one fish. The first 2 portages are around some falls and they where interesting. It began to rain pretty heavy and the temp. dropped to where all I wanted by evening was some hot food and my sleeping bag.
At each portage there was a campsite, and there where a few more along the way, enough to be able to move the distance you wanted on this river and not get shut out of a site before evening. We stayed at the 2nd portage, just below a large falls. I was surprised when Dan came up with some dry wood, enough wood that we ended up sitting around a nice fire watching the falls well into the evening.
We awoke to a nice warm sunny morning, warm enough to dry the tent and Duluth packs before we headed out. We made the last portage on Chochoauane before lunch. This was a portage around some runnable rapids, but I preferred to play it safe and walk. We were soon at the mouth of the River Canimiti, where it dumps into River Chochocaune. From here we had a 19km paddle upstream to our truck.
Although it`s called a river, it`s more like a bunch of lakes with chutes and narrows between them that has some current. The water level was medium to high here and we had no problem paddling right up to the portages in the current.
We made it up to a nice campsite on Lac Suzie., about half way up River Canimiti to our truck. We did pretty good with the fishing that day, although still no walleye. It was also good to be camping back out on a lake. River tripping is nice, but I miss the open lake campsites, and the nice views.
We got an early start and where back to our truck by mid day. By evening we were enjoying a nice dinner at LaDomaine. Robin Lauer

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
31 N/11 Lac Anwatan 31 N/14 Lac Marrias 31 N/15 Lac Yser
Other Maps: 
La Verendrye Park Map Circuit 61
Special Comments: 

We did this trip in May of 1999. We used the Circuit 61 Park map, available at La Domaine Base or from the web site ,along with the park master map and the "Canoe Routes" pamphlet available from the web site or LaDomaine. We didn`t use topos as the circuit map is very good. Circuit map 61 also includes routes 60, 63 & 64. We bought our camping permits, fishing licence and fishing permits at LaDomaine. We also used the free showers and had dinner at the cafeteria-style restaurant on our departure. I can`t say enough about the nice people at LaDomaine. We saw no one on this route except 3 Indian boys on an old ATV at our take out.


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


I'm planning a solo trip early august and was wondering what your opinion was. Portages, etc?

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


Il semble y avoir un lac du nom de LASPRON... ce Lac se trouve à quel endroit ?