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PostPosted: December 13th, 2016, 1:29 am 
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Thanks David. The more I look at the maps and satellite imagery, the more interested I am. And, the more I read about the history of the area, the more interested I am.

Tonight I came across this from Jason Schoonover, which contains some information about paddling and looking for pictographs on Reindeer: http://www.jasonschoonover.com/2016/10/ ... xpedition/

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PostPosted: December 13th, 2016, 4:06 pm 
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My wife and I plus my dog Sandy are planning to sail around Reindeer Lake this coming summer. We plan to leave vehicle at Kinoosao, Sask and head out to some Islands.


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PostPosted: November 5th, 2019, 3:32 pm 
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david demello wrote:
My wife and I plus my dog Sandy are planning to sail around Reindeer Lake this coming summer. We plan to leave vehicle at Kinoosao, Sask and head out to some Islands.


Greetings David,
Did you do the trip? Any feedback/suggestions/photos?

pawistik wrote:
The more I look at the maps and satellite imagery, the more interested I am. And, the more I read about the history of the area, the more interested I am.

Tonight I came across this from Jason Schoonover, which contains some information about paddling and looking for pictographs on Reindeer: http://www.jasonschoonover.com/2016/10/ ... xpedition/


Bryan,
That find from the explorer's club was certainly a great read! Did you manage to do your Reindeer Lake paddling? Any feedback/suggestions/photos?


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PostPosted: November 5th, 2019, 4:09 pm 
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I've revived this thread as my wife and are also interested in paddling Reindeer Lake. Ever since we first learned of reindeer at an outdoor show in Calgary. We too heard the story of the coastal paddlers who come here to the lake regularly.

Not sure if we can do ten days or a full two weeks, but we're thinking of paddling the eastern side of the lake. Stick to Numabin Bay see if we can get to the top end of this arm in a couple days (65km). Theres a 1300m distance between Reindeer and Nokomis Lake, with some interesting man made cuts visible on Google Maps.

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If we can portage that, I suspect there would be some interesting fishing. If not, we head back south and travel west into Stackhouse and Creswell Bays, on the way home.

We are more interested in the camping and fishing than achieving some distance or following a historical route. That said, I'd love to get over to some other waters, or do some part of the Churchill in the future!

Any comments suggestions, experiences gratefully accepted.


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PostPosted: December 3rd, 2019, 11:58 am 
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Hi Jaegar,
Yes, I did do a 10 day kayak trip on Reindeer in the summer of 2017. It was pretty fantastic. I never did write up a report, but you can find our shared photo album here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/7UVRSSdhJ8AKswxl1
The trip was myself, Jeff Roe and Joe Milligan, all experienced kayakers and trippers. Reindeer Lake is the "cliffiest" place that I've ever paddled - there were more more cliffs than I've seen anywhere, including the paddling I've done on the West Coast and Lake Superior. The scenery everywhere we turned was great.

Cliffs are great scenery, but they are not great camping. Steep shorelines are hard to manage from a kayak - at least in a canoe the bow paddler can step up onto rocks and start hauling stuff up while the canoe is still on the water. The kayaker prefers a gentle sloping beach to land on, or low rocks to exit onto. The GoTrekkers maps we had have many campsites listed, but most are fictional, placed on the map based on pure speculation or rather sketchy information from other paddlers. In my mind this is worse than no information at all on campsites. Being led on for an extra 10+ km by the promise of a campsite that does not exist is a real bummer. You're better off assuming that anything marked on those maps is not really there unless you confirm it with another source. I can share the spots that we camped or lunched at.

I thought I had our tracks saved as images in that photo album, maybe I'll try to create that (or find what I already created) and share it. From the launch just west of Nordic Lodge we paddled to the east across the mouth of Deep Bay then up the east side of the lake.

Reach me at pawistik at gmail dot com if you want to chat more. I'm not here at MyCCR very often, so you'll probably have better luck and a quicker response reaching out to me directly.

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PostPosted: December 3rd, 2019, 12:00 pm 
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Here's a fun video from the trip. Things got pretty darned exciting for a while. https://youtu.be/z0niuHlXqAU
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