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CedarHillX
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05/19/2021 09:54AM  
(sigh)

Well more of our playground is burning up due to the dry spring conditions. RED010 is currently 3200ha. It started 2 days ago on the south shore of Paull and has already marched north of Domain Lake. On the way it looks like it took out Lower Glenn but skirted Mexican Hat, but who knows. Let’s hope tomorrow’s rain knocks it down.
 
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05/20/2021 07:46AM  
I know it's a fire-driven ecosystem, but WCPP seems to have had more than their share in the last decade or so.

Fire map shows a long burn about 4 km wide and ~25 km N-to-S.

As you say, Paull, some of the smaller lakes north of there, the western side of Mexican Hat, the western lobe of Glenn lake and the far SW shore of Domain.

If the map is accurate Hansen & the cottages on the eastern shore got missed by 500 meters.

Rain coming...

Ontario Fire Map
 
Marten
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05/20/2021 10:10AM  
About 10 years ago I was scouting possible routes north to Domain Lake but really thick trees prevented getting a canoe through from NW Glenn to the far south finger of Domain Lake. The "Snowdown" of Oct. 2012 really blocked that possible portage. I note that the fire has burned the area of that possibe portage. Fires can really mess up a portage but in this case it may just open the possibility of a bushwhack into Domain Lake. So far the portages north from Domain to Prairie have not burned. These old trappers trails are not maintained but were passable. I know Claire was always interested in getting more routes on the east side of the park that did not need a Leano entry but all the other fires and maintenance prevented it happening. She is retiring next month so it will probably be left for the ones wanting to bushwhack some nice country in solitude.
 
05/20/2021 12:39PM  
Wow - Claire's retiring?!? Big news.

Is there another person in that office who can fill her shoes and liaison with paddlers?
 
05/20/2021 12:43PM  
Marten, your Domain Lake adventure made me want to go in years past, and I'd still like to find a way. I think that's the largest lake in the park with no portage, correct?

Will be interesting to see what access through this new burn of the blowdown area is like...
 
Marten
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05/21/2021 05:24PM  
sns: "Wow - Claire's retiring?!? Big news.


Is there another person in that office who can fill her shoes and liaison with paddlers? "



There will never be another "Claire" for WCPP. Anyone who has ever tapped into her knowledge of WCPP knows that. I can't imagine anyone else coming along 'that will attain such a love and protective heart for Woodland Caribou P.P.
 
Marten
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05/21/2021 05:28PM  
sns: "Marten, your Domain Lake adventure made me want to go in years past, and I'd still like to find a way. I think that's the largest lake in the park with no portage, correct?


Will be interesting to see what access through this new burn of the blowdown area is like..."


I think you are right about it being the biggest with no portage access. There is an outpost fishing camp on it. That is why I think the best place to "be alone" is Walking Stick Lake in the NW. Adventuresome folks have found you can access this lake from Craven to to west if you do not mind hard work. As more walk the unmaintained routes it will become easier for everyone. My GPS tracks make it simple but one group went through a few years ago with just a paper map with where I had walked. They cleared down trees and said it was a fantastic trip. Goldseekers would have the details too.
 
joewildlife
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05/23/2021 09:52PM  
I hear it is real difficult if not impossible for American's to get jobs in Ontario. It would be a dream retirement job for me to live and work in WCPP. I'd love to spend a few summers there and write a book about it! But no, haven't been able to even go in 2020 and 2021!

Joe
 
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