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PostPosted: March 18th, 2021, 1:16 pm 
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No problem; I wish I could find my maps; I had annotated a topo from our trip 10 years ago; but it has mysteriously disappeared as these things do.

If my memory serves most of this map was pretty accurate. The trails were quite well developed when we were there with the exception of the connection from Toodee into the circuit, and one coming out of Duval heading west.

We did the circuit CCW in 4 days of reasonable travel. 5 or 6 days would allow more downtime for fishing and exploring.

Happy paddling and tight lines; the area is well know for its trout fishing. It is possible to get a grand slam of trout on the trip: Rainbow, Laker, and Brook trout.


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PostPosted: June 22nd, 2021, 5:29 pm 
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Hello All,

I can finally answer the question above about the road in to Toodee lake (Seymour Lake rd). It is 100% a 4x4 road and should not be undertaken by all wheel drive or small 4x4 (ATV excluded of course), meaning no Subaru's, modern day Pathfinders, 4Runners, Rogues, Rav4 etc.. Unless they are pimped out with lift kits, skid plates and good off road rubber. You need a vehicle built for off roading (jeeps, trucks, ATV etc). We went in for 5 days May long weekend and had two full size F150 4x4 built with the above mentioned criteria and we still hit bottom a few times and took a bit of a pounding. Two other vehicles with us were unable to make it and had to turn back (van and car so no surprise there), so we loaded everything into the two trucks and proceeded through. it is 14K, 5K or so of it is pretty smooth and easy, the rest, not so much so. There were a few times we didn't think we would make it through either. Knowing how to pick your line is a must or you will bottom out frequently even with 16" of ground clearance. Boulders, washed out spots, steep ridges and slopes with washed out creeks and blown out culverts are the norm. Make sure your spare tires are good to go, lots of sharp rocks and pointy sticks/stumps to puncture tires with. if you do attempt it, just make sure you are prepared to fix your own vehicle in there, (tools & spare parts) there will be no tow truck or CAA to come assist you or tow you out.

The local is great, I have done a fly in there before to Robb Lake, fishing was good when the weather was nice. Not traveled by many, there were some port signs but the ports were mostly bushwhacking through brush and grass along with some deep mud spots, but overall not too bad for the seclusion you get.

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PostPosted: June 24th, 2021, 9:54 am 
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I got my AWD Rav4 in there but I will completely agree with what Andrew said...it's a terrible idea and you should not do it.

There are cached boats at the north end of Duval L, suggesting that the road visible on satellite starting from the intersection of hwy 546/639 could be viable. I started up that road many years ago in a minivan but didn't get far before I decided it would be unwise. Could ask the local forest management company for the status if needed.
https://goo.gl/maps/YD4wpam9XdVsUjmy9

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PostPosted: June 24th, 2021, 12:01 pm 
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Jon,

You made it in all 14K in a Rav4? You are my hero my friend, it must have been one hell of a rough ride, when I went in a month ago there was some (or many) spots that there is just no way a Rav4 should have made it in. I had to get out and scout and move big boulders out of the way with a pry bar just to get my F150 through. I am guessing you touched bottom more times than you would like.

As for the other road you mention, we did speak with a MNR ranger and locals we ran into on Seymour and they told us it is worse than Seymour and parts are ATV only. We did not try that route so who knows.

But I am for sure heading back in in the fall regardless.

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PostPosted: June 24th, 2021, 2:38 pm 
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Haha your guess is correct. It was a bit of a white-knuckle ride but this is the power of wanderlust.

Too bad about the other option. This route is going to be fly-in only at this rate.

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