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MagicPaddler
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07/15/2014 07:45AM  
New Trip Report posted by MagicPaddler

Trip Name: Opasquia 2014.

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ECpizza
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07/15/2014 10:02AM  
Nice report, but pics all missing.
MagicPaddler
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07/15/2014 03:51PM  
I think I got it fixed
don't use photobucket
Dbldppr1250
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07/15/2014 06:21PM  
Pictures there now - very nice report!
07/15/2014 09:11PM  
Thanks, enjoyed the report and pictures.
ECpizza
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07/16/2014 01:47AM  
Nice. Makes me feel like a real woosie.
builditbetter22
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07/16/2014 04:41PM  
Great photos. Thanks
07/17/2014 08:51PM  
Great report! I've never heard of Opasquia. You guys had an amazing adventure. What kind of mapping did you use?
MagicPaddler
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07/18/2014 06:34AM  
quote OneMatch: What kind of mapping did you use?
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Wayne printed them on water proof paper. He starts with a topo map similar to Garmin maps and add all the information he can before printing. He prints on both sides of 11 X17 paper so we only needed 3 pieces of paper to cover out rout.
dentondoc
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07/19/2014 07:53PM  
quote MagicPaddler: "
quote OneMatch: What kind of mapping did you use?
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Wayne printed them on water proof paper. He starts with a topo map similar to Garmin maps and add all the information he can before printing. He prints on both sides of 11 X17 paper so we only needed 3 pieces of paper to cover out rout. "

Actually, the paper was 13" X 19" ... I use an non-standard 1:35,000 scale, which provides better shoreline detail. I print them so that there is a slight sheet-to-sheet overlap so you can layout a larger area for planning purposes. So, you can achieve something like this:







Although this particular one if from a section of Woodland Caribou PP, this is the kind of detail I typically try to incorporate (provided I can find it)







Once the "paper" maps are finished (actually, they are maps that can be digitally manipulated to add details), I would typically transfer relevant material into a file format that can be accepted by my Garmin GPS unit (and accompanying software). So, much of what is printed winds up on my GPS, less a fair amount of what I feel is unnecessary clutter (e.g., I generally translate portages into beginning and ending points rather than place the entire route on my GPS).
07/20/2014 11:54AM  
Nice trip! I hate the rock art though...pisses me off!!!! Wish folks would leave those rocks natural! Anyway, thanks for sharing.
SunCatcher
MagicPaddler
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07/21/2014 07:50AM  
quote SunCatcher: "Nice trip! I hate the rock art though...pisses me off!!!! Wish folks would leave those rocks natural! Anyway, thanks for sharing.
SunCatcher"

SunCatcher
The people who most frequently use this area do not think of it as a pristine wilderness. It’s there hunting ground. Like a farmer in Illinois when his old tractor won’t run any more he parks it on the back of the farm in case he needs a part for his newer tractor. We found snowmobiles, boats, outboard motors, and a generator covered with a plastic garbage can.
JimDawson
  
06/30/2016 10:17AM  
Great trip report! We are planning to go to Opasquia this summer and are going to try to open up the Joint-Mossberry- East Lake section. Question- did you look for an old trail out of Joint or did you just follow the skidoo trail?
MagicPaddler
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06/30/2016 12:41PM  
We did not actually make it to Mossberry. Below is our tracks but what they do not show is that about ¾ of the way to the little puddle there was a fairly well defined path which we later theorized was a dryer (summer) path to Mosberry. The path marked by the tracks below is well used. Probably a snowmobile path.
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I read somewhere that someone had come up through East Lake and gone through this portage. Martin could give you a lot of information on the area.
http://www.bighookcamps.com/ is the best source for transportation.

Going to Opasquia! I’m jealous!
Marten
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06/30/2016 02:45PM  
This link provides info on our 2013 trip and access to the pdf journal, you tube video and GPX file. If it brings up any questions, fire away.

http://www.myccr.com/canoeroutes/opasquia-pp-ontario Marten's Opasquia Trip Report 2013

Mike K. also traveled Opasquia in 2014 for three weeks. He did do Mossberry to Joint portage but used the route that put him on the pond in the middle. He noted he had a hard time finding the trail as it left the pond and headed toward Joint Lake.
MagicPaddler
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06/30/2016 04:22PM  
As we headed out of Joint going south east we came to a waterfall we had to climb. I think there was a portage and I went down and did a little exploring. I got out of the canoe on a path but I am not sure if it was the portage or not. I only walked about 30 Ft down the path because I did not want to make the others wait. I drew a line with ???? beside it where I think the portage is.

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