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PostPosted: July 9th, 2011, 10:07 pm 
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I took six Venturer Scouts down the Mistassibi NE from July 2-7. While a full trip report will follow, here are some notes with respect to the access, campsites, and river. These notes should be taken relative to the Charles Leduc map from Cartes Plein Air. River levels were 140 descending to 105 over the week.

Dolbeau to the take-out (at river km 50) was 1 1/2 hours of driving. The take-out to the put-in was an additional 1 1/2 hours or driving. No problem finding the initial forestry road (Rue de l'Eglise) or our way to the put-in. We used GPS coordinates pulled from Google Maps to confirm the put-in.

We put in at the south end of Lac Froget. The logging road is now in "good" shape right through to at least road km 240 (intersection with the river).

The portages/drags between Lac Froget and the first pond, and between the first pond and the second pond were easy.

No doubt due to the forest fire throughout this area in July 2010 (and down to km 146 on the river), there is no visible portage from the second pond to the third. Thus there was no potential campsite at either end of this portage. However, a logging road has now been pushed between through between these two ponds, and the road widens in this area such that camping is possible on the shoulders of the road.

The creek drag between the third pond and the fourth pond was brutal. Possibly in part due to the water level, but also due to the number of fallen trees across the creek. We cut some away, but eventually had to portage the last third of the creek.

The fourth pond to the fifth wasn't too bad, but the from fifth pond to the river required a full portage; the creek was not runnable due to lack of water and fallen trees.

Overall, the rapids were pleasant but not too challenging from a big water perspective at these levels. There were quite technical in having to follow the main channel to avoid running aground. The R3's were quite fun, and still large enough and long enough to fill a heavily loaded open canoe. A few of the rapids were a bit scratchy and required dragging now and again. The ledges were all runnable. The Lac Froget put-in location is not worth it at these levels, but would be worth it at higher levels (i.e. for the extra day's rapids).

The GB campsite at km 153 was nice; recommended. The 4B campsite at km 136 was really nice. Highly recommended. At our water level, we were able to run empty canoes down the S5. Stayed in the "Sylvain and Mario" chalet; tent camping would be terrible, but the chalet was nice (propane range, 12V battery lighting (solar panel charging), bunk beds with mattresses, indoor shower, table, chairs). The GC beach campsite km 82 was not very good, the beach is small and sloping, and closer to the cabin is terrible ground; not recommended. The GD campsite at km 83 was non-existent; we hacked a pathway in, along with a dining shelter spot and a couple of tent spots; not recommended. The gravel beach campsites would be really rough, the gravel is actually small rocks. The GC beach campsite at the km 50 take-out is actually quite nice. Yes, the trucks go by, and yes there is a generator, but neither bothered us.

Having the map read from bottom to top did make a lot more sense once on the river. It's better this way.

If you would like any further details or specific photos, just let me know.


Allan.
http://www.1stmerrickville.ca


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PostPosted: July 11th, 2011, 7:38 am 
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Hi Alan,
i am taking note of all this. will update the map somewhere this year so this info becomes available to all for 2012.
Thx much for these details, especially access from lac Froget.

Charles


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