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OldGreyGoose
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08/10/2023 08:44AM  
If anyone can report on the trees that were down on the Buckingham portage and whether it's passable or not, please post on here or PM me. Thanks in advance!
 
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08/10/2023 12:06PM  
Interesting that you ask that question...
I just completed a 10 day trip that included Buckingham and the portages were in great shape with no trees down. This was between 7/31 an 8/6. Also portaged into the no-name lakes and did some bushwacking to the southwest towards Montgomery, and all the no-name lake portages were open as well.

The interesting part is that I ran into Chris Stromberg at French Lake and he asked the very same question. Must be "Fake News" he replied to my report. Anyway, I can assure you the portages are all open.
OldGreyGoose
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08/10/2023 01:06PM  
Hoaf, all I know is that last Saturday, the 5th,
someone named Christian Fisher told me on my Facebook page: "Big trees down at start of Buckingham portage as of last week, fyi. We debated going to our site on Rawn for saws, but it was pushing 90 with T-storms threatening. We did report it, and met another party on our way out that was headed there."
So, you think he was making this up?
--Goose
08/10/2023 01:59PM  
There are two water level entries to that portage. Maybe you are both correct.
OldGreyGoose
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08/10/2023 02:27PM  
AmarilloJim: "There are 2 water level entry's to that portage. Maybe you are both correct."

Never thought of that. Been there twice, but don't remember it very well. Thanks for the comment.
--Goose
08/10/2023 06:28PM  
Could be. If the two entries to the Buckingham portage that you speak of are only like 30 feet apart, my wife and I tried both. Seems like I would have seen "big trees" impeding the portage. I believe I saw the party that was headed into Buckingham, they left the day after we arrived.

Anyway, I'm not implying anything, just reporting what I experienced. I came out of Buckingham the 6th, and both entries to the portage were open. Another possibility is that the party entering Buckingham cleared it, but we didn't see any fresh cutting. What matters is that I can verify it's open as of the 6th.
jphares44
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08/14/2023 03:31PM  
OldGreyGoose: "
AmarilloJim: "There are 2 water level entry's to that portage. Maybe you are both correct."

Never thought of that. Been there twice, but don't remember it very well. Thanks for the comment.
--Goose"


Goose, curious what days you'll be in the Rawn/Buckingham area. Maybe we'll see you out there! Anyway...hope you have a great trip!
OldGreyGoose
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08/14/2023 03:50PM  
Right now it's looking like I'll get an entry permit for 8/30 and come out 9/13. Not for sure though.
jphares44
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08/15/2023 10:02AM  
OldGreyGoose: "Right now it's looking like I'll get an entry permit for 8/30 and come out 9/13. Not for sure though. "


Awesome, my brother and I will be on Rawn 9/2 to 9/8. If you happen to see two skinny guys that look alike, don't hesitate to stop by or paddle over for a swig of whiskey or two if you want. Mi casa su casa.
mapsguy1955
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08/16/2023 12:42PM  
I'm going in on the 13th. Maybe we will pass each other. Coming in from Stanton Bay.
Sylbill
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08/16/2023 03:18PM  
Just came out of Buckingham on Monday, August 14th and there are no downed trees or obstructions on the portages. There are also very few bugs. We left some fish in the lake, but had a blast catching bass.
Bill
OldGreyGoose
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08/16/2023 04:35PM  
Sylbill, thank you! Hope to get in there around September 1. --Goose
 
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