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PostPosted: November 21st, 2012, 10:33 am 
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La Vérendrye Park – Circuit 37 Canawamamini Loop: 71 km paddle / 2820 m total portage distance over 6 portages. (clockwise direction – refer to LaV park map, Carte 3)

Trip duration: Leisurely 6 days / 5 nights, August 2012

Start: About 65 km north of Le Domaine, just 2 km off Hwy 117 on Road 30 at Rivière Camatose, south end of 486 m portage.

Finish: Baie La Vérendrye, north end of 486 m portage at Rivière Camatose . (Car shuttle across portage)

Waterways paddled: Rivière Camatose, Lac Camatose, Lac Kanamini, Lac Longevelle, Lac Cotyle, Lac Canimina, Lac Camitogama, Lac Cawatose, Lac à la Croix (Lac Whiskey), Baie La Vérendrye.

This was a mid-August trip. No bugs, mild weather with warm water for excellent swimming.
After some patchy misty rain showers during the first day and half, the weather was dry and sunny, mixed with clouds and some overcast . Winds were light, making all the big lake water paddling much easier.

Day 1 (late afternoon start) – 5 km paddle / 0 m total portage distance, campsite on Lac Camatose, #37-10.

Day 2 – 19 km paddle / 300 m total portage distance over 2 portages + LO, campsite on Lac Canimina, #30-79

Day 3 – 17 km paddle / 396 m portage, campsite on Lac Camitogama, #35-36.

Day 4 – 6 km paddle / 595 m portage, campsite on Lac Cawatose, #37-31.

Day 5 – 13 km paddle / 780 m portage, campsite on Lac à la Croix (Lac Whiskey), #37-44.

Day 6 – 11 km paddle / 750 m portage. Take out on Baie La Vérendrye, north end of 486 m portage.

Our group of 3 canoes and 6 paddlers inconveniently launched at the same time and place as a group of 4 doing the same loop. Because the larger campsites are not numerous on this loop, we negotiated with them as to where we planned to camp. Even so, we only saw them once more the following day and no more after that. The only other paddlers and campers that we encountered during the whole trip was one tandem canoe who smoked by us on a large lake. Even in mid-August, La Vérendrye offered great solitude.

Best campsites were:
• #30-79 on the east end bay of Lac Canimina (sandy beach with warm shallow waters)
• #37-31 on a gorgeous rocky point on Lac Cawatose (which was the prettiest lake on the loop with scenic islands, inlets, bays etc., a huge lake but with few stretches of wide open water).

Campsite #37-44 was a bit tight for three 2-man tents.
Lac Camitogama was very weedy and full of lily pads. Not great for swimming.

Campsites were well marked, very clean and each was equipped with standard issue La Vérendrye blue barrel latrine.
Portages were easy to find and well cleared. Even after a dry summer most lakes appeared to be at normal summer water levels. The only exception was Lac Camitogma which may have been 1.5 to 2 feet below normal. This resulted in challenging travel at the north end of the 396 m portage from Lac Canimina into Lac Camitogma. The creek was mostly a dry rocky, boulder bed with a narrow tight channel than we managed to float the canoes through.

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PostPosted: November 21st, 2012, 2:41 pm 
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Beautiful pictures, Thanks


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PostPosted: November 21st, 2012, 4:35 pm 
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Nicely done. I've often wondered about La Vérendrye Park. You've got me thinking about it again. Do they have any type of reservation system?

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PostPosted: November 21st, 2012, 4:55 pm 
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A great TR. 37 is one of the few circuits that I haven't done. Maybe next year.

I'm a big fan of La Vérendrye. It's very quiet. I've been on 10 day trips and only seen 2 or 3 other canoes at most.

No reservations required or needed.
Just show up and, if you don't have a circuit already in mind, they'll suggest one. If you have one already picked out, they'll let you know how many other canoes are on that circuit and when they left. There is no such thing as booking lakes on a daily basis. It's more like: "I'm doing circuit 77. I'll take me 10 days so here's my money. That's it!
The only time that I've heard that it might be a bit crowded is on the August weekend. The May 24 weekend is also crowded but with lake trout fishermen in powered boats. Other than those 2 weekends, it'll be quiet.

Just head on over to their website and look at the various circuits that they have listed. I've also got some TRs on my website.
Enjoy. It sure reads like Paddle4fun did and I always enjoy the Reserve.
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PostPosted: November 21st, 2012, 5:38 pm 
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I have done part of this loop as a part of a longer trip involving Ruisseau and Lac Carriere' Lac D'arcy . I started from Grand Barrage I love the shape of Lac Cawatose. It invites gunkholing, something I did not do on my 120 km over six day trip. So I might do just 37 as there are a few new and interesting looking lakes.

I did enjoy Lac Whiskey quite a bit, even with a series of thunderstorms!

Before I get too old and decrepiter, La V is on my "have to get back to " list. I regret that the canoe season there is not longer. Mid May to Labour Day.


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PostPosted: November 22nd, 2012, 9:10 am 
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Lac Cawatose covers a huge area but is web of arms, bays and inlets along with many islands. This is a great "gunkholing" spot.

It is unfortunate that La Verendrye is closed to canoe camping shortly after Labour Day weekend. September is a perfect time.

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PostPosted: December 27th, 2012, 1:13 am 
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Great TR.
These still isn't a map #3 available for this loop. Did you use a gps?

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PostPosted: December 27th, 2012, 11:20 am 
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Actually there IS a map. At Le Domaine there is a map table with maps of all the loops. True, not all of them are of the stylized format.

There is a master map of the loop on a waterproof paper and you buy your copy of the map and stand at the table and transcribe ports and campsites with a sharpie.

In some ways not so convenient but I like the topo map so much better..you can get it wet and it doesn't fall apart.

Don't know about the OP use of GPS.. I did not take one.


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PostPosted: December 27th, 2012, 8:14 pm 
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I understand that La Vérendrye Park is not dog friendly,too bad.


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PostPosted: December 27th, 2012, 9:02 pm 
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Interesting comment Esther.
I have two buddies that take their dogs all the time when canoeing into LaV .
I understand that LaV has the same kind of rules and regs about dogs as most of the other parks I've been too.

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PostPosted: December 27th, 2012, 10:53 pm 
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Hmmmm,I must be misinformed :oops:


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PostPosted: December 27th, 2012, 11:25 pm 
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They allow dogs.
Parks don't
Réserve Fauniques do.

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PostPosted: December 28th, 2012, 8:44 pm 
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Great TR.
These still isn't a map #3 available for this loop. Did you use a gps?


Yes, there is Map #3 (or Carte 3) for this loop. It can be ordered from CANOT-CAMPING LA VÉRENDRYE.

http://www.canot-camping.ca/english/index.asp?id=118

I also used 50:000/1 standard topo maps as well. They are not essential but can help. I download portions from the internet and print out sections on 11" x 17" paper which fit nicely into my map case.

Be sure to get the staff at Le Domaine to review your route so you can transfer over any up to date info (campsite closures, logging activity areas etc) onto your maps.

You don't need a GPS, but I brought one. It could be handy if you want to gunkhole around Lac Cawatose.


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OMG! I think that's new.
Thanks so much.

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Yes they allow dogs.

Great trip report :)

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