Opeongo - LaMuir - Happy Isle

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Additional Route Information
Distance: 
100 km
Duration: 
7 days
Loop Trip: 
Yes
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
12
Total Portage Distance: 
11094 m
Longest Portage: 
3750 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Novice
Lake Travel: 
Intermediate
Portaging: 
Difficult
Remoteness: 
Intermediate
Background Trip Info
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Route Description
Technical Guide: 

Begin at Opeongo Access Point 11.

Take Water Taxi to Proulx Lake Portage on North Arm.

P175
P310
P965 into Proulx Lake
N/E to Big Crow Lake
P 3750 into Hogan Lake
W on Little Madawaska River
P 685 into Lake La Muir
W on Lake La Muir
P 735 into Red Pine Bay
N/W through Red Pine
P 75 / P 40 into Longer Lake
S on Longer Lake
P300 into Big Trout
S on Big Trout
E into marshes off Big Trout
P1840 into Merchant Lake
S on Merchant Lake
P 340 into Happy Isle
S/E on Happy Isle
P 2180 into North Arm of Opeongo
S on Opeongo, or to avoid the people and motorboaters - have the water taxi pick you up at Proulx again.

Trip Journal/Log/Report/Diary: 

Trip Notes
- ate lunch at "The Porch" in Huntsville, great patio, service, and food.
- camped at Pog Lake the first night to get an early start on our trip
- Opeongo Outfitters provided canoes and Water Taxi.
- Portage into Proulx seems harder than it is when you haven't carried a pack in a year! Where the path splits, we have to take the hill unfortunately.
- The rivers into Big Crow are a great paddle
- The 3750 into Hogan is a challenge. We took the packs through to assess the path and found it easier to carry the boat through the cart trail in the middle part of the portage to avoid a monster hill!
- saw a young beaver and many frogs on the little madawaska river.
- saw no people for two whole days on La Muir. We camped on the south side of the lake, but there are many excellent sites all around this lake.
- take advantage of the calm water early in the morning on La Muir.
- would like to have camped on Red Pine Bay, will definitely return to stay on this gem.
- avoided two portages into Longer by wading our boat through the small, rocky, rapids, a nice way to cool off on a hot day!
- Big Trout is a frequently visited lake, some of the sites showed signs of wear. We camped on the west side of the mouth of the Otterslide creek. Another very nice beachy site was around the bay to the west of us.
- paddled up to take pictures of the little otterslide creek falls on our day off.
- marshes out of Big Trout are a challenge to navigate. Had to check direction on the compass and lift over a beaver dam! Saw the first moose of the trip out here though so the confusion payed off.
- only one moose sighting on this trip in August.
- Happy Isle Lake is heavily camped but does have nice sites, one on the island with a great stone couch!
- portage into the north arm is long but easy.
- during this trip we decided that camping on Opeongo is a disapointing way to end a trip, the sites are abused, the wind is killer, and there are too many people to take when you've been in the backcountry (if you stayed there the first night you probably wouldn't notice this as badly!). Next time we'll take the water taxi straight out.
- a good trip, in spite of the colder weather this August. It'll be the first time I can say I way lying in the hammock wearing my winter coat in august!!

Maps Required
Other Maps: 
Canoe Routes of Algonquin map is sufficient.
Other
Special Comments: 

This is a nice 7 day trip, can be done in less time but we stayed two nights on La Muir and Big Crow Lake to enjoy the remoteness. I'd stay more on La Muir and Red Pine next time, since they are hardly travelled and beautiful lakes.
This route has some difficult portages and wind can be an issue on the large lakes. Overall a very enjoyable trip.