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KCMOcat8
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09/20/2017 10:06PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
Sept 2-10, 2017

Flew in and out. Saw one solo canoeist at north end of Granite total in 7 days. Beautiful, remote park with few yet wonderful campsites. Went the McWade Lake route which had unique wading-in-a-creek portage at south end. Fantastic rain squalls, sunsets, and Northern Lights. Love Bert and Brenda and Bruce and Margaret at Wabakimi Outfitters and B&B. Great fishing and photo ops especially in Lower Wabakimi and Brennan Falls!
 
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09/21/2017 07:44AM  
You went solo?
Pics and vids?
I get no trip this year and I want details!
 
KCMOcat8
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09/22/2017 10:56AM  
Two guys, 65 and 62, pictures and videos to follow in October once my new computer is up. Flew into Lower Granite Lake and camped on point near Brennan Falls. Awesome chute even in low water. Was dissuaded from going to Palisades River deep in park due to very low water there. Really enjoyed that first campsite and fishing. Overcame a damaged rod (family member stepped on it before I left home!) by using Gorilla tape further and further up until 10 inches were wrapped. Had to splint it later in the week with a green sappling. Finally on the fifth day a larger Northwrn snapped the whole contraption in half so I fished with the stub, still catching the eager wall eyes and Northerns.

Camped on a nice small site at the north end of Granite and saw the only person of the whole week, a solo paddler who was flown in and paddled offf within 10 minutes. Portaged to McWade Lake to avoid numerous carries up the main river to Lower Wabakimi. McWade is a pretty Lake with a wonderful campsite at the north end. (We had trouble finding sites on each Lake)

It took some creativity to portage to Lower Wabakimi. Much of one portage was wading half a mile in a flat bottomed creek, towing one pack at a time in our canoe. Ten foot natural "dam" was a tricky but short portage. Final portage was a goat hill and what was supposed to be the last one did not exist

Lower Wabakimi Lake was magical. Big sky with rain squalls on four sides, a golden eagle, a two hour orange and red sunset and four hours of dancing, swirling Northern Lights

Stayed at Stonehenge Island and enjoyed the lovely rocks. Extremely dry. Camp mouse
 
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09/22/2017 09:28PM  
 
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09/22/2017 09:33PM  


Above: Brennan Falls, Granite Lake, Wabakimi

Then: Granite Lake, Wabakimi
 
KCMOcat8
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09/22/2017 09:35PM  




No Name Lake on way to McWade Lake from Granite Lake
 
KCMOcat8
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09/22/2017 09:36PM  




McWade Lake, Wabakimi
 
KCMOcat8
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09/22/2017 09:37PM  




Golden Eagle, Fearless, on Lower Wabakimi Lake
 
KCMOcat8
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09/22/2017 09:38PM  



Beach on south side of large bay, Lower Wabakimi Lake
 
KCMOcat8
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09/22/2017 09:38PM  



Sunset on Lower Wabakimi Lake
 
KCMOcat8
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09/22/2017 09:39PM  




Stonehenge Island, Lower Wabakimi Lake
 
KCMOcat8
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09/22/2017 09:40PM  



Dew on a real web, Stonehenge Island
 
09/23/2017 11:48AM  
Thanks, Mark.
Especially like the web photo!!
 
KCMOcat8
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09/23/2017 09:17PM  
 
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09/23/2017 09:26PM  
 
09/26/2017 12:06PM  
I can feel the early morning chill and smell the black spruce in the morning dew...
 
KCMOcat8
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09/26/2017 08:18PM  
And so quiet and serene! Only a rare bird call or float plane to break the stillness.
 
10/05/2017 04:34PM  
Another great destination possibility for next summer!
 
03/12/2018 08:23PM  
KCMOcat8: "



Stonehenge Island, Lower Wabakimi Lake"


Would you have GPS coordinates of this campsite?
 
KCMOcat8
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05/02/2018 06:22PM  
I do not have GPS coordinates. It's at the east, southeast end of the lake. It's where the float planes like to pick up canoeists for Bruce Hyer.
 
05/02/2018 06:35PM  
Is that landing area you reference where the lake leads to Lower Wabakimi? I can probably find it from aerial shots via GoogleEarth. Just trying to get a bearing on it. Thanks -- these are great photos and really brings your trip to life.
 
KCMOcat8
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05/07/2018 04:41PM  
We were at the southeast end of Lower Wabakimi. That's where Stonehenge Island is, not in the main Wabakimi Lake.
 
KCMOcat8
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05/07/2018 04:41PM  
We were at the southeast end of Lower Wabakimi. That's where Stonehenge Island is, not in the main Wabakimi Lake.
 
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