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06/22/2022 08:21AM  
Curious to know if anyone has actually tried to find (or found) the central portage from Clearwater to Caribou lake? I went exploring around the north end of where the portage should be a few years ago looking for the cabin that was supposedly there at one point. Old USGS maps show where the cabin was supposedly located, but I couldn't find any sign of it.

Also couldn't see that there was any sort of "portage" there. There were hints of a trail going up toward the swamp/pond to the south, but judging by the sign it's used more by bear than people these days. Beautiful spot nestled in huge cedars, but I couldn't find the portage.

Thinking about going back there again this year. I guess I'm looking for some encouragement and someone to say "Yeah it's there, you just didn't look hard enough!". :)
 
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straighthairedcurly
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06/25/2022 10:53PM  
It doesn't appear on any of my newer Voyageur maps so I would guess it has fallen in a great state of disuse. But I'll be curious if anyone has any recent reports of success.
 
zootownboarding
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06/26/2022 07:40AM  
keth0601: "Curious to know if anyone has actually tried to find (or found) the central portage from Clearwater to Caribou lake? I went exploring around the north end of where the portage should be a few years ago looking for the cabin that was supposedly there at one point. Old USGS maps show where the cabin was supposedly located, but I couldn't find any sign of it.

Also couldn't see that there was any sort of "portage" there. There were hints of a trail going up toward the swamp/pond to the south, but judging by the sign it's used more by bear than people these days. Beautiful spot nestled in huge cedars, but I couldn't find the portage.

Thinking about going back there again this year. I guess I'm looking for some encouragement and someone to say "Yeah it's there, you just didn't look hard enough!". :)"


I'm guessing this is different than the portage that's on the north end kind of where Clearwater makes a keyhead shape?
 
straighthairedcurly
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06/26/2022 11:38AM  
zootownboarding: "keth0601: "Curious to know if anyone has actually tried to find (or found) the central portage from Clearwater to Caribou lake? I went exploring around the north end of where the portage should be a few years ago looking for the cabin that was supposedly there at one point. Old USGS maps show where the cabin was supposedly located, but I couldn't find any sign of it.


Also couldn't see that there was any sort of "portage" there. There were hints of a trail going up toward the swamp/pond to the south, but judging by the sign it's used more by bear than people these days. Beautiful spot nestled in huge cedars, but I couldn't find the portage.


Thinking about going back there again this year. I guess I'm looking for some encouragement and someone to say "Yeah it's there, you just didn't look hard enough!". :)"



I'm guessing this is different than the portage that's on the north end kind of where Clearwater makes a keyhead shape?"


Yes, he is talking about the longer of the 2 shown here.
 
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