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fadersup
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03/12/2018 06:59PM
Winter is still hanging on so I'm dreaming of a float plane trip to Canada. I can't afford it and don't have the time if I could, but...

If you could be dropped by float plane anywhere north of the BWCA, where would it be?
 
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03/12/2018 07:08PM
Dubwant Lake.... unbelievable Laker fishing, or the Tree River for Artic Char....
billconner
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03/12/2018 07:20PM
Opisquia Provincial Park
MHS67
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03/12/2018 08:04PM
North Caribou. Been there 5 or 6 times, great Walleye and Pike fishing.
Thwarted
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03/12/2018 08:38PM
A lake where I would not be disrupted but a float plane landing or taking off. Just kidding. Nothing specific but anywhere northern Wabakimi. I can't afford it either.
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03/12/2018 09:02PM
Not Canada but Alaksa.

Wood Tikchik State Park, north of Dillingham Ak.
I wanted to make it there last year, but it wasn't in the cards.
I worked with Allison Esklin's "the lead Park Ranger at Wood Tikchik" brother Todd for the last few years on the Kenai Peninsula.

Wood Tikchik State Park
mutz
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03/12/2018 09:34PM
You would be surprised what you can get a fly in trip for with the current exchange rates. If you fly in with a Canadian outfitter who charges in Canadian money with today’s exchange rates you can do a very reasonable priced trip, under a $1000.00 per person. We are doing a seven day boat in to a remote cabin (20 mi from main camp), 16 ft boat w/30 hp motor w/ten gallons of gas (two people per boat), for $450.00 per person. Together with food, gas (one truck since not towing our own boats) this trip will be less than $600.00 pp.
jwartman59
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03/12/2018 10:11PM
This is if I win the lottery or maybe start one of those go fund me sites. The Arnaud River in ungava Quebec has been my dream for years. Virtually nobody ever gets up to this area. The costs are outrageous, the canoeing extreamly hazardous, the weather hellacious. No one goes here except French Canadians, if you have ever watched these people run whitewater you immediately are aware that they are the descendants of the French Canadian voyageurs.
The big draw for me is a site called the hammer of Thor. This site was unknown to western scientists until 1964.
This region of Canada is very remote, it is hundreds of miles to any substantial population. Alaska has nothing to compare with this.

Here are two photos I stoled from Wikipedia.the hammer of Thor was initially believed to be a relic from Viking exploration, the native Inuits are unaware of its origin.











03/13/2018 04:23AM
Wow, we got lucky one year and did a fly in fishing trip for $150 per person for Lakers. I brought my daughter with. Included boat, motor and fuel. Dropped off and camped and fished for three days. In the twenties at night, but each day was nice... Warm and lots, and I mean lots of fish! Flying in is a great experience... I never minded the planes in woodland caribou park.
But maybe Family lake top side of atikaki in Manitoba.
missmolly
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03/13/2018 06:46AM
Some lake with no cabin, campsite, or logging road access. At least one waterfall or rapids spilling into it. Lots of islands for shelter and fishing on windy days, but one, long island-less run for easy take-off and landing. With canoes strapped to the pontoons, you need that, as canoes increase weight and drag. I speak from experience, having been landed on a lake that didn't have that, and our pilot refused to return for us, as he struggled to leave the lake empty.

A lake with no name is even better.

In short, boldly land me where nearly no one has gone before!
03/13/2018 09:41AM
billconner: "Opisquia Provincial Park "
+1.

I've heard too much about this park in the past couple of years that now I'm feeling the pull to get there!
mutz
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03/13/2018 10:47AM
missmolly: "Some lake with no cabin, campsite, or logging road access. At least one waterfall or rapids spilling into it. Lots of islands for shelter and fishing on windy days, but one, long island-less run for easy take-off and landing. With canoes strapped to the pontoons, you need that, as canoes increase weight and drag. I speak from experience, having been landed on a lake that didn't have that, and our pilot refused to return for us, as he struggled to leave the lake empty.

A lake with no name is even better.


In short, boldly land me where nearly no one has gone before! "



Must have been the worst pilot that ever flew a float plane. I have been on eighteen fly in trips, and it always takes way less room to taxi when they leave empty than when they pick us up to take us out. Curious as to how you got back if he refused to fly in for you, I’ve never been on a fly in trip where we could have walked out in less than a week.
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03/13/2018 11:10AM
LindenTree3: "Not Canada but Alaksa.

Wood Tikchik State Park, north of Dillingham Ak.
I wanted to make it there last year, but it wasn't in the cards.
I worked with Allison Esklin's "the lead Park Ranger at Wood Tikchik" brother Todd for the last few years on the Kenai Peninsula.


Wood Tikchik State Park "


I’m with LT3. In fact, I’m planning to go there next year!
missmolly
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03/13/2018 11:35AM
mutz: "missmolly: "Some lake with no cabin, campsite, or logging road access. At least one waterfall or rapids spilling into it. Lots of islands for shelter and fishing on windy days, but one, long island-less run for easy take-off and landing. With canoes strapped to the pontoons, you need that, as canoes increase weight and drag. I speak from experience, having been landed on a lake that didn't have that, and our pilot refused to return for us, as he struggled to leave the lake empty.


A lake with no name is even better.



In short, boldly land me where nearly no one has gone before! "




Must have been the worst pilot that ever flew a float plane. I have been on eighteen fly in trips, and it always takes way less room to taxi when they leave empty than when they pick us up to take us out. Curious as to how you got back if he refused to fly in for you, I’ve never been on a fly in trip where we could have walked out in less than a week."


I doubt that he was the "worst pilot that ever flew a float plane."

"...it always takes way less room to taxi when they leave empty than when they pick us up to take us out."

Yep. Because he barely made it out empty is why he wouldn't return for us, our canoe, and our gear.

That first pilot was flying a Beaver. A turbo Otter fetched us, but even it barely made it aloft. Its pilot, who's a pal and its owner, told me to buckle up. That restraining system confused me, so I asked him how it worked.

He said, as he also struggled to buckle up: "I don't know. It's the first time I've ever used it."

Jack, my pilot/pal, also said, "We're going to try this once. If we're not going to make it, we're going to unload. I'll return for one of you and half the gear. Then your dad and the rest of the gear. Finally, the canoe."

Jack pulled out the raft and survival gear and told me to hover my thumb over the transponder and activate it if he gave the signal.

"No need to wait until we hit the water."

He then backed the plane up against a cliff and I could hear the aluminum grinding against granite.

"Aren't you worried about hurting your plane?" I asked Jack.

"We need ever inch I can get."

We actually flew through a canyon tilted and clipped a tree or two.

I wasn't afraid. Too stupid, I guess. I was excited.

However, Jack was scared because when we were airborne and I wanted to talk to him about what had just happened, he said, "Give me a minute."

When he finally talked, he said, "You are never going back there."

03/13/2018 12:45PM
old_salt: "LindenTree3: "Not Canada but Alaksa.


Wood Tikchik State Park, north of Dillingham Ak.
I wanted to make it there last year, but it wasn't in the cards.
I worked with Allison Esklin's "the lead Park Ranger at Wood Tikchik" brother Todd for the last few years on the Kenai Peninsula.



Wood Tikchik State Park "



I’m with LT3. In fact, I’m planning to go there next year!"
Was there a few years ago, didn’t get very deep in the park,but the char fishing was exceptional. Dillingham is a treat in itself. Went to the cafe for breakfast one day, and they were out of almost everything. The barge and the planes that resupply the entire town were 4 or 5 days late because of weather.
cburton103
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03/13/2018 01:37PM
Missmolly - What a story. Thanks for sharing! I'd have been terrified.
missmolly
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03/13/2018 02:24PM
cburton103: "Missmolly - What a story. Thanks for sharing! I'd have been terrified."

I had my firewall of ignorance protecting me! Plus, I think I'm invulnerable in a plane, as I was in a plane that caught fire (As we gained altitude at take-off, I saw fire trucks emerging and I thought, "Oh, someone's in trouble. I hope they'll be okay." We had to gain enough altitude to turn back to the airport and as we did, you could see planes veering out of their landing paths in all directions.), one I had to swerve off the runway to avoid a landing plane, and scariest of all, a plane that struggled to say aloft due to icing.
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03/13/2018 05:52PM


This was my Dad. The place is Umiakovic and I would LOVE to go there. I think it is Labrador. Spectacular landscape and great Char fishing.
fadersup
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03/13/2018 06:05PM
missmolly: "cburton103: "Missmolly - What a story. Thanks for sharing! I'd have been terrified."


I had my firewall of ignorance protecting me! Plus, I think I'm invulnerable in a plane, as I was in a plane that caught fire (As we gained altitude at take-off, I saw fire trucks emerging and I thought, "Oh, someone's in trouble. I hope they'll be okay." We had to gain enough altitude to turn back to the airport and as we did, you could see planes veering out of their landing paths in all directions.), one I had to swerve off the runway to avoid a landing plane, and scariest of all, a plane that struggled to say aloft due to icing. "


Because you're once.
Twice.

Three times, alive-eeeee!
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03/13/2018 07:42PM
The Sutton river! Marc
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03/13/2018 07:42PM
The Sutton river! Marc
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03/14/2018 12:09AM
mapsguy1955: "


This was my Dad. The place is Umiakovic and I would LOVE to go there. I think it is Labrador. Spectacular landscape and great Char fishing. "



Labrador! Fishing here is unequalled anywhere. So good they named the worlds best dog after it, or maybe it was the other way around?
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03/14/2018 07:30AM
old_salt: "LindenTree3: "Not Canada but Alaksa.


Wood Tikchik State Park, north of Dillingham Ak.

Wood Tikchik State Park "



I’m with LT3. In fact, I’m planning to go there next year!"


Old salt,

I would contact Allison (Allie) Eskelin the head LEO Park Ranger and pilot for the park.
Her e-mail is included in the online brochures.
She gave me a lot of information about where to go and how much time it would take to do some routes.
Her husband is from MN, and she wants to take him to the boundary waters, she will most likely pump you for info on the BWCA.
I only met her one time and she may not remember me.

Have fun, I'm jealous.
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03/14/2018 04:14PM
Msmolly your talk of pucker factor in a turbine otter reminded me of this great otter float plane video. The Otter is a big plane, you can haul close to a dozen people in it.

There are some great places in Utah and Idaho that you can only get into with a wheeled bush plane. Like Frank Church Wilderness of No return.
mapsguy1955
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03/14/2018 08:37PM
We flew out of a lodge on Diana Lake in northern Quebec, near Kuujjuaq in an Otter... Runway was 600 feet long with big rocks all over it... Yes for pucker factor. Best Brookie fishing I have ever seen... 6 days and probably 7-800 fish, all between 2-5 lbs and beautiful.
fadersup
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03/15/2018 06:52AM
Wow, so many incredible places. This is fun.

I'm going to take a hard look at Opasquia, that's got to happen.

03/15/2018 07:07AM
fadersup: "Wow, so many incredible places. This is fun.


I'm going to take a hard look at Opasquia, that's got to happen.


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Pack your full-body suit mosquito netting! :)
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03/15/2018 07:14AM
Going up there in June. Not a fly in trip. We drive to Ignace then drive an hour north, and another hour boat ride to the cabin. We are just on the start of the float plane area. We can see them flying by us. We stay at Cobblestone lodge.
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03/15/2018 07:21AM
ellahallely: "Msmolly your talk of pucker factor in a turbine otter reminded me of this great otter float plane video. The Otter is a big plane, you can haul close to a dozen people in it.


There are some great places in Utah and Idaho that you can only get into with a wheeled bush plane. Like Frank Church Wilderness of No return."


What a video! Thanks!
crawdaddy
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03/15/2018 09:43AM
hey mutz.... what lake are you talking about? and what outfitter? thanks for any info.
 
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