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PostPosted: March 26th, 2013, 4:10 pm 
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I am looking at the Poplar River to canoe in early August. Has anyone done the Poplar recently- do you have any thoughts about mid summer water levels?

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 Post subject: Re: Poplar River
PostPosted: March 27th, 2013, 2:48 pm 
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I think you should contact Manitoba Paddling and the Manitoba Conservation Ministry to see if the Poplar can be paddled. I have paddled the Berens, the Bloodvein and the Pigeon, but I have not found any info. about the Popular.


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 Post subject: Re: Poplar River
PostPosted: March 27th, 2013, 3:11 pm 
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http://www.paddle.mb.ca/resources/route ... ions/b-10/

Looks like it is possible.
Good luck.


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PostPosted: March 27th, 2013, 5:16 pm 
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A group from Camp Stephens paddled it last summer en route from Cat Lake to Lake Winnipeg.

I will try to find contact details for the guy who gave the slide show at the AGM in January

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 Post subject: Re: Poplar River
PostPosted: March 27th, 2013, 5:30 pm 
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I met a solo paddler on the Barrens River, he had come upstream on the Poplar from Lake Winnipeg. This was in July of 2011 and the water levels in the general area were VERY low.

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 Post subject: Re: Poplar River
PostPosted: March 28th, 2013, 6:40 am 
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Ben:
Was that the guy from BC who was travelling the area using road maps?


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 Post subject: Re: Poplar River
PostPosted: March 28th, 2013, 4:03 pm 
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Mac wrote:
Ben:
Was that the guy from BC who was travelling the area using road maps?



Not sure, I only spoke with him for a couple of minutes, I got the impression he was travelling solo by preference and wished to remain solo even while camped.

He did seem to be wandering, destination was Red Lake but he didn't seem to have any specific idea of how he was going to get from the Barrens headwaters to Red Lake. Somewhere there must be an overland route, probably snowmobile trails. It was mid-July, I got the sense he didn't care when he got to Red Lake as long as it was before Winter set in.

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 Post subject: Re: Poplar River
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Ben:
Same guy. He was travelling from Norway House on Lake Winnipeg to Red Lake.
We met him on Stout Lake?? A big lake with lots of arms and bays.
Although he was equipped well, he had no Topos with him, no GPS. He was using highway maps to find his way along the Berens east of Family Lake.
I have heard about guys like this, but never thought I would meet one.
He used his digital camera to take a picture of one of our maps.
When I got home I was watching the news to see if someone had gone missing up there. No reports.
Seems he got to Red Lake safely.

I hadn't realized he had travelled up the Poplar River.


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PostPosted: March 28th, 2013, 6:41 pm 
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Yeah sounds like the same guy, we met him at Manitou Rapids, about 4 or 5 days from Barrens Lake Landing. I had asked him about water levels downstream of Family Lake (even though I was heading for the Pigeon), that's when he mentioned coming upstream on the Poplar.

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 Post subject: Re: Poplar River
PostPosted: March 29th, 2013, 7:14 pm 
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In July/Aug 2011 I paddled from Little Grand Rapids down the Assinika to the Poplar and then up the Berens back to Little Grand Rapids. I'm not the solo paddler referenced, but was solo. Water was very low, the Poplar was fine, rapids were very gentle due to low water. Assinika was bony, I don't recall being able to run a single rapid on it. Not sure how it is above the confluence with the Assinika.


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 Post subject: Re: Poplar River
PostPosted: April 1st, 2013, 9:04 am 
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Thanks for the info. We have the Remi Berard map, we have done the Berens, Pigeon and Leyond/Sasaginnigak in the past few years in early August but heard the Poplar might be too low to run mid-summer. We are happy to portage so only concerned about levels being too low to paddle. Do you have any more recent info on portages etc- especially S Namiwan- Wrong L or Little Grand Rapids to to Poplar R on the Assinika?

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 Post subject: Re: Poplar River
PostPosted: April 2nd, 2013, 1:19 pm 
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I would suspect the Poplar River in mid summer would be similar to the Leyond/Sasaginnigak that you have travelled. Last year was dry so this summer may offer best water levels.

With the exception of burnt areas/fires, I would think all the old portages should still be there. I'm often pleasantly surprised to find old trails right where they should be and in good condition!
You may wish to contact someone at Little Grand Rapids.

That would be Réal Bérard just in case someone wishes to search elsewhere.

Happy canoe trip

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 Post subject: Re: Poplar River
PostPosted: April 2nd, 2013, 7:46 pm 
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Thanks Chris- I just heard from Steve Kesselman from Camp Stephens so thanks for the tip!

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PostPosted: April 11th, 2013, 8:34 am 
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I paddled the Poplar from Sparrow Hawk Lake along the provincial border to Lewis Lake in mid August 2003 as part of a longer trip. It was a very dry summer, very hot, very low water levels. It was a great trip. The portages were in pretty good shape, few bugs and the water level had no negative effect on anything.

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 Post subject: Re: Poplar River
PostPosted: April 13th, 2013, 4:36 pm 
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Sounds good, Mark. Do you have portage info on the part of the Poplar you did?

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