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01/12/2018 09:16AM
We are heading out of EP50 in September for six days. I'm looking for advice on campsites, points of interest and such. I'm not familiar with this particular area. Anything would be helpful.

I'm going up with three newbies and would like to show them what it is all about before we plan a longer trip next year. Thank you.
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01/12/2018 10:56AM
I did a solo trip from EP #50 to Poplar back in the fall of 2012 - see my trip report for information. I went across from Long Island to Muskeg, Kiskadinna, Omega, Allen, Horseshoe. A couple of tough portages in there, especially for newbies; pack light and whip them into shape beforehand ;). Omega's a nice lake, Horseshoe too. Nice paddle down Cross Bay. You'd have time for some side trips. If you have any questions, just ask.

Some pictures in my 2012 album here.
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01/13/2018 09:16AM
We did a route to/from those lakes a coupke of years ago; only in reverse. Rainy Day people

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01/13/2018 08:57PM
You can also take the northern route through Banadad, Rush, etc. The portages between Long Island Lake and Banadad are kind of tough, also no campsites until you get to Banadad. Some portions experienced a fire a few years ago. The long portage at the end is easy. We used Tuscarora Outfitters for a shuttle, they're within walking distance of the Cross Bay Lake EP.
There's a beach at the end of the portage from Karl to Long Island Lake. You can walk there from the Karl Lake campsite. I believe the site on the LIL side is on the beach as well. There are lakers on Karl and LIL.
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