Sylvia Lake - The Edge

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88 km
5 days
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8500 m
Longest Portage: 
800 m
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Drive 100km north on Hwy 105 to Ear Falls.
Left on Hwy 804 (Manitou Falls, Rd) for approx. 19 km
Right @ the fork Hwy 804 &Longlegged Rd (from here small WCPP road signs are posted)
Drive approx. 81km to Mile 51 Rd
Left @ Mile 51 Rd for approx. 5km to the park`s entrance parking area

Note: Please ensure that NO food and/or food packaging, air fresheners, toiletry, and any other scented possessions are left in the vehicle during your absence - this is black bear country.

P60 m from parking area to Leano Lk.
Dip your paddle in and away you go.
Head south on Leano and swing northwest around a peninsula
P400m L - bypasses small rapids of Leano Creek - travelling downstream
P120m L & P50m R
Paddle south on small unnamed lake - worth a few casts for walleye here
P100m L - beaver activity here - may have to hop over small dam before entering Kilburn Lake

Note: Kilburn & Middle Kilburn offer great walleye, northern pike action and several nice campsites to choose from. Middle Kilburn also has lake trout. Moose and bear frequently sighted. An occasional motor boat may be encountered.

Paddle south and then northwest on Kilburn
P150m L to Middle Kilburn Lake
Paddle west
P325m R to little pot-hole lake and paddle across
P600m over height of land to Dragon Lake
Paddle southern shore to
each P 800m south over height of land (your longest portage of this trip) to scenic unnamed lake - enjoy your surroundings - mature Jack Pine forest
Paddle southwest through shallow channel and to Landing Crane Lake (it really does look like a crane landing)
P 325m found in the south east corner of the Crane takes you over land to Blueberry Lake
P 90m R at southern most tip of Blueberry leads you into "the edge" of the park and in a marshland setting - evidence of a forest fire off in the distance
P 50m R & yet another P 50m R to bypass tight and bony sections of the creek
Water levels in the creek are usually not a concern - good going
West end of unnamed lake has a sharp "bouldery" obstruction to hop over - poor footing - be cautious
P 150m R bypasses a small shallow rapid
P 600m R also bypasses some rapids - you exit the marshlands and burn at this point
A number of beaver dams to hurdle over before reaching beautiful Sylvia Lake

Note: Sylvia offers a walleye, northern pike, and lake trout fishery, a few sand beaches for animal tracking or refreshing swim, and moose/caribou viewing opportunities. Good lay-over lake

P 675m R south end of Sylvia leads you to Bilko Lake - limited for campsites here
P 100m L in upper west corner of Bilko to bypass shallow riffles into Veronica Lake
Paddle westerly to P 400m L that follows the river to bypass small falls - make sure to locate the fork in the trail and travel R to reach the river leading to Beaver Lake. You will know if you missed the fork if you find yourself knee deep in wet matted muskeg - this is a winter trail

Note: Beaver Lake is one of 5 lakes in the park that offers SM Bass and also has exciting walleye action

P 125m L, P 80m L, and P 70m R bypass rapids and a small chute in the river - scenic here with high rocks
Next comes a rock garden for a distance of approx. 20 m - watch your footing
P 125m R and P 70m R bypass rapids before the river joins the Talon River
Paddle upstream on the Talon River and note all the moose activity here
P 150m L and P 300m R brings you around small waterfalls and leads you to Talon Lake - here you enter a 1983 burn - limited campsites - two located in the south
Halfway up Talon Lake, one may encounter shallow bony narrows depending on water levels - upper portion of lake may be treacherous waters under windy conditions
P 350m L is an easy trail - slight incline to small unnamed lake
P 275m over land carpeted with blueberry bushes to reach another unnamed lake - you are now out of the burn
Short P 10m R followed by P 125m L and another P 10m L to the next decent size unnamed lake - pretty area to explore - enjoy
P 150m R, P 175m R, and P 275m over land down to Paull Lake

Note: Paull Lake is worth a night`s stay. Frequent caribou sightings here and wolf howling at night. Great lake trout and northern pike fishing.

Paddle on east to P 300m R - trail crosses the creek at one point
P 75m R, P 50m R, and P 25m R bypass small obstructions or rapids
Short paddle to meandering creek through small wetland before reaching P 190m R and P 50m L into Elephant Head Lake (can you see the head?)
Watch for caribou from this point and anywhere back to Leano
P 120m over land from Boot Jack to unnamed lake - may have to negotiate a small obstruction en route to next portage
A short P 15m L and you are in Bunny Lake - try your luck on lake trout here
P 300m R to west arm of Leano - this trail has two different paths at the start. The upper path to be used in the spring when the stream overflows and floods portion of the lower (original) trail - trail is bony so please watch your step - all downhill
Leano Lake is your last bit of quiet paddling before the end of your trip - take it all in to last you over the winter months
P 60m up a the creek revisited and back to your vehicle

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
52 L/16 Medicine Stone Lake 52 L/9 Sydney Lake 52 L/10 Dowswell Lake 52 L/15 - Rostoul Lake
Other Maps: 
WCPP canoe route map - strongly recommended - the only one with portage information
Special Comments: 

Woodland Caribou Prov. Park offers nearly 2,000 km of canoe route, interconnected waterways with endless possibilities.

The Sylvia Lake loop can easily be extended or shortened by 10-20 km by choosing alternative passages from the network of existing routes in this area.

This half of the park consists mostly of intimate lakes and creek systems - shallow and rocky terrain- primarily Jack pine and Black Spruce forest.

Contrary to popular belief, island campsites are not safe from bears. Black bears are excellent swimmers. Islands are also utilized by Woodland Caribou, an endangered species. Human activities on islands may put this elusive animal further at risk.

Please strive to capture all of the park`s unique beauty while leaving no trace of your visit.