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 Post subject: Murtle Lake May Long
PostPosted: May 27th, 2010, 1:51 am 
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After many attempts, our Murtle Lk. May long was finally going to happen.
We leave the house at 6:30pm (after work) and set up for a 7hr drive. It's pouring all the way and it's a balmy 6C and dropping. :o

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We had planned on camping at the trailhead but after two hours of driving through a snowstorm late at night we decided to camp in a motel in Valemount. We've only got an hour and a half to go tomorrow.

The drive up and where we have to go.

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When we arrive at the trailhead we're surprised to see so many vehicles.

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Packing up for the 2.5km wheeled portage.

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En route with me pulling from the front thwart and Annamarie pulling from the centre yoke with a rope around her waist.

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The portage takes less than 30 minutes and is slightly downhill.
Annamarie and our little portage buddy.

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The put-in at the lagoon. The park rents Hellman canoes from this point as well.

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The lagoon is 1.5km long and then you enter the main lake.

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We stopped by to check out several sites and enjoyed a calm morning of paddling.

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In the afternoon we had a little headwind pick up.

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Leo island.

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We decide to stay at Tropicana after hearing so much about it.
We were not dissapointed.

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The weather was always threatening but it never rained too much during the day.
We leave our camp set up for the next night and set out to explore the west end and it's sites.

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Steak and ceasar salad for dinner and another relaxing night in front of the firebox.

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We head out early for our last day to have a look up the north arm.
As we round the corner the north arm comes in to view.

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A short crossing and we stop to have some hot lunch at the group site on the east side.

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On the way back we get the full meal deal as far as wind, rain and sun.

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At one point we heard, what we thought was, a waterfall that seemed to be getting louder as we got closer. After 10 minutes we could see what was making the sound...

A hail storm that we could see coming down the lake towards us.
Very cool. :thumbup:

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One last loading of the portage cart with two light packs on our backs.

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Now time for two happy paddlers to head home. A beautiful drive out and all the way home was a treat as well.

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Things to remember...
-Bugs would be mental in summer because most western sites had swampy/flooded areas behind them. We had sand flies to deal with but they weren't bad at all. Other than that, we had no bugs.

One last look behind...

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 Post subject: Re: Murtle Lake May Long
PostPosted: May 27th, 2010, 2:17 am 
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Nice photo's

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 Post subject: Re: Murtle Lake May Long
PostPosted: May 27th, 2010, 5:35 am 
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Nice report Ted, enjoyed the photos. Looks like a nice trip. Was this your first time there?

The lake is sure higher than whenever I have been there, but that was twice in August and once in September. Tropicana's beach was way wider.

And if you think that was a lot of cars in the parking lot, I have seen once where it was jamb packed, and vehicles parked a ways down the road on both sides as well. It is amazing though how the lake swallows paddlers up, as you don't ever see many.

Our last trip, we did just the north arm for 5 nights. My son wants to go again with me and do all the hikes available, spending a night out on the Wave Crest trail. As you can tell, it is one of my favourite places to paddle. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Murtle Lake May Long
PostPosted: May 27th, 2010, 10:33 am 
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Great report Ted, looks like a great trip.
We are pretty spoiled having this in our back yard!

ps, funny enough that grey truck (first on the right) belongs to my Boss, who was up there kayaking the lake.

Glad the weather held, we were out to a small lake saturday and the sky looked much worse than it was.

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 Post subject: Re: Murtle Lake May Long
PostPosted: May 27th, 2010, 10:54 pm 
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This was our first time. We'll be going back for sure.

We're very lucky in the west to have such a diversity of paddling destinations.


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 Post subject: Re: Murtle Lake May Long
PostPosted: May 29th, 2010, 10:02 am 
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Lucky indeed.
Thanks Ted for highlighting another gem.
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 Post subject: Re: Murtle Lake May Long
PostPosted: May 30th, 2010, 9:30 pm 
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Nice report Ted, thanks. We've always meant to do that one but haven't got around to it yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Murtle Lake May Long
PostPosted: June 14th, 2010, 11:19 am 
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Looks like fun.
I've never been to Murtle Lake.
Thanks for sharing.

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 Post subject: Re: Murtle Lake May Long
PostPosted: September 17th, 2010, 6:00 pm 
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we just got back from murtle 2 weeks ago. uncooperative weather and the inability to check out mcdougall falls (trail closed due to wildfire), the extinct volcano (left our cart at the canoe launch - oops) and a hike up to one of the peaks (snow) made for a bit of a disappointing trip. i would definitely go again, but earlier in the season for sure.

on the positive side though, we got a large westslope cut-throat trout on the last day.


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