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PostPosted: May 2nd, 2014, 9:29 pm 
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I'm going on a canoe/kayak trip with 4 or 5 people on the Manigotagan River this July, we are launching at the lodge on the east side of Quesnel Lake and we are taking out at the bridge in Manigotagan. We are taking five days to paddle the river. I was wondering if anyone else did this trip and where you camped. I can't find camps that aren't too far apart but aren't too close for a nice days paddle, if that makes sense. Thanks

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PostPosted: May 2nd, 2014, 10:23 pm 
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Did you look at this? http://mbeconetwork.org/canoemap/manigomap/index.htm

The first time I paddled the Manigotagan from Caribou Landing (Quesnel) we did it in three days. The second time we did it in four.

First trip: Camped night one at Pillow Falls (also known as Charles' Falls). Night two we camped at Onion Patch Rapids. Both sites can fit three tents if they don't have large footprints.

Second trip: Camped at Turtle Falls night one. Camped at Sand River Falls night two. Camped at Old Woman Falls night three.

Sand River is the best site by far. Old Woman Falls in nice too but you have to haul your firewood to the site by boat since the river wraps around the site.

If I was paddling in five days I would camp at Turtle Falls the first night, Charles' cabin (Granite Gates) the second night and Old Woman Falls the fourth night. The third night you could pick any of the many marked sites between Granite Gates and Old Woman Falls. Maybe pick the one that suits your group and has some promising fishing holes.

When you look at the map, uncheck rapids and portages then check campsites and emergency shelters to see the sites and Charles' cabin.


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PostPosted: May 2nd, 2014, 11:34 pm 
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Thanks, I have seen the map, but I guess I didn't see the cabin.

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PostPosted: May 3rd, 2014, 11:19 am 
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You wouldn't be able to sleep a group in the cabin. It's tiny. I believe there is room for tents around his cabin. If you plan to stay there and need to know you can always contact Charles. He operates a shuttle service for paddlers' vehicles. I believe his contact info is on the Caribou Landing lodge website.


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PostPosted: May 3rd, 2014, 5:36 pm 
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Would that be Charlie Simard, the river steward for that area? We spoke with him at Woods Falls one time when he was doing a shuttle for someone.

Strangely enough, that is the only stretch of the Manitgotagan that we have not done.

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PostPosted: May 4th, 2014, 10:31 am 
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Yup. Charlie Simard.


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PostPosted: May 5th, 2014, 12:43 pm 
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Neil already pointed you to the best map.

goldminer06, looks like you are a combo group of canoeing or kayaking.

If your group is planning on running whitewater I encourage you to gain ww skills and knowledge.

Have a good trip.

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PostPosted: July 4th, 2014, 7:39 pm 
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MEC sells a Manigotogan river map with lots of good info...I am trying to find it online with no luck. If I do I'll post it!


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PostPosted: July 5th, 2014, 9:22 pm 
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Dude an, Is this what you are looking for?

http://mbeconetwork.org/canoemap/manigomap/index.htm

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PostPosted: July 13th, 2014, 1:49 pm 
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I should get a map to bring on the river, as far as I know the eco-network's map is only viewable online and can't be printed. Correct me if i'm wrong.

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PostPosted: July 13th, 2014, 2:48 pm 
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I have seen it for sale at MEC or try contacting the econetwork to buy a copy.

Alternatively you can make your own.

search on the econetwork site for the gpx file listing the waypoints along the river (campsites rapids etc.) download this to somewhere on your drive.

go to caltopo.com

add the Canada CanMatrix map layer from the list of maps in the top right corner of the page. Select 100% visibility.

Next import the GPX file you downloaded. Hopefully you can remember where you saved it.

This adds all the points to the map layer.

Now make adjustments to the map to scale and view so that you can print off in sheets to match your printer.

Easy!

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PostPosted: July 20th, 2014, 11:45 am 
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I think you could download the waypoints as a GPX file and put it in a handheld GPS.
Down load here: http://www.mbeconetwork.org/canoemap/gps.htm
I just did and it worked fine.


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PostPosted: July 25th, 2014, 9:06 pm 
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I bought the map from MEC yesterday. It includes portages (including lengths of portages) naming of the rapids, camps, cool spots along the river, put in, and take out points, forest fire burn areas, roads and some other cool things. It is interesting, maybe not 10 dollars interesting, but interesting.

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PostPosted: July 26th, 2014, 8:55 pm 
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Just in case it needs to be said - always scout rapids and make your own decision on whether you want to run them. The survey for the map was done in a very low-water year. When water levels change, so will the character of the rapids.

A couple other sources are Hap Wilson's book "Wilderness Rivers of Manitoba" and "Canoeing Manitoba Rivers Vol 1 South" by John Buchanan.


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