Algonquin Park: Camping Trip Logs: 016 - Maple Lake Weekend - Access Point #29
Trip Log: June 28 - July 1, 2012 Maple Lake Weekend.
Fortunately I had been able to head into Algonquin Park in early April, a good thing since family emergencies and work commitments had prevented me making any spring gatherings. I was originally meant to head in for nine days doing a loop of Kioshkokwi Lake - Manitou Lake - Three Mile Lake - Maple Lake, but a work project got in the way and I could only squeeze out a long weekend on Maple Lake. I would be heading in from Kiosk, paddling solo to Maple Lake where I would join up with Markus who would already be there.
June 28, 2012 - Kioshkokwi Lake to Maple Lake
I was on the road at 4:30 AM with the plan to be launching before 11 AM. But that never happened of course. First I hit some debris on the highway, luckily no damage. Then a crow decided to not get out of the way, this time there was some damage - a smashed grill.
I finally rolled into Kiosk, quickly got my permit from Carmen and loaded up the rented canoe. There were a few people around the beach and office area but it looked pretty quiet, I was lucky enough to be starting on the Thursday before the long weekend.
For those that enjoy having a beer or two while in the interior here's what I do. I bring a few cans that are kept on ice in a cooler during the drive up. The last thing I do before getting in the canoe is decant the beer into an allowable (plastic) container. On this trip I had a 2 litre pop bottle, I've found that nalgene's leak occasionally. I think it's from the carbonation. This trip I was way too heavy and had a backpack dedicated to beverages packed in ice. This is why I had to do each portage twice, it's not everyone's choice but I was willing to do it.
Once on Maple Lake I made a bee-line for the joined pair of islands at the south end, the wind had picked up a little and I had to paddle steady into a head wind. I had been following Markus's Spot track and knew he was camped there. It had been just over six hours of travel and I was very tired! But arriving and being able to have a cold beer just about made up for it.
At camp I quickly hung my hammock and got things organized. I had a supper of steak and rice before relaxing around the fire. After such a long day I didn't stick it out long, heading off to sleep not long after the sun went down.
Trip Log 016
Access Point #29
Paddlng Maple Lake
A long weekend trip, paddling in solo to meet up with Markus already on Maple Lake. Great warm weather but too windy to do a lot of paddling.
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