Opeongo - Cedar loop

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Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
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Unknown
Additional Route Information
Distance: 
150 km
Duration: 
6 days
Loop Trip: 
Yes
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
27
Total Portage Distance: 
23000 m
Longest Portage: 
3750 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Novice
Lake Travel: 
Advanced
Portaging: 
Difficult
Remoteness: 
Intermediate
Background Trip Info
Water Levels: 
Route Description
Technical Guide: 

Opeongo to Happy Isle LakeHappy Isle to MerchantMerchant to Big TroutBig Trout to LongerLonger to BurntrootBurntroot to CatfishCatfish to the Petawawa RiverPetawawa to Cedar LakeCedar to Radiant via the Petawawa RiverRadiant to Hogan via the Little Madawaska RiverHogan to Big CrowBig Crow to Little CrowLittle Crow to Prouix LakeProuix to Opeongo

Maps Required
Other Maps: 
Canoe routes of Algonquin park, Algonquin North Corridor 2.
Other
Special Comments: 

This is a great way to see a large portion of the park in one trip. Not for the person looking for a relaxing vacation. Most days require a solid 8 hours on the water.

Also, careful on the Little Madawaska River. Water levels are often low and the route is confusing. Basically, the Algonquin canoe routes map is useless for this section. Try to find a topographical map for this section. I got lost for several hours. Furthermore, expect to here lots of logging sounds while in the North part of the park. We heard machinery for about 3 days. Makes you wonder why they call it a park!

Comments

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

Comments: 

I portaged from Hogan Lake to Big Crow Lake and found it very long. It is steep for the first 400 m. While working in Gatineau Park, a camper mentioned to me that he had found that portage to be more than the 3700 m. I think it`s more like 4700 m. While on Big Crow, don`t forget to visit those white pines...Have a safe trip..

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

Comments: 

Doing this trip in 6 days would be very ambitious. I did this loop in 1973 and took 9 nights with layover days at Radiant and Hogan. There was just two of us in one rather heavy (by today's standards, probably about 75-80 lbs) wood and canvas canoe. We single tripped every portage and paddled fairly long days. This is a great route so take a few more days to enjoy it.
Bill