S: ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK, ONTARIO, EUSTACHE LAKE 2011
FC: The Great Outdoors | ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK EUSTACHE LAKE 2011
1: Day 1 Traveled to Algonquin Provincial Park and rented canoes
2: David Bruce | Adam Roper &Courtney Michaels | Travers Lake | ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK
3: First Portage | Travers Lake | DAY 1 We left on July 27 at 9pm from Toronto and arrived in the park at 2 am. We had set up camp at the outfitting business. | DAY 1 Portage a 660M , and then canoe 300M followed by another 1050M of portaging followed by a short canoe to our campsite for the night. Probably a 4 hours with rests to complete.
4: LAKE TRAVERS
5: DEVILS CELLAR
6: Day 1 This was our first family portaging trip of 2011. Everyone that attended was Noah Bruce, David Bruce, Courtney Michaels, Adam Roper and Melissa Krakowetz. We gave ourselves a total of 5 days to complete, but the test will come to see if we could complete the trip in 4 days!!
7: PORTAGING IN ALGONQUIN PROVINICAL PARK
8: Courtney & Adam
9: Day 2 3.2km of travel, with all portaging. Probably a 6-7 hours with rests. We had set up camp for the first night at Devils Cellar. | David Bruce
11: Located within the Canadian Shield, Algonquin Provincial Park is Ontario's oldest and best known, established in 1893. Algonquin comprises more than 7,600 square kilometers and its topography and geography exhibit extraordinarily rich and diverse plant and animal species. The essence of Algonquin Park is the vast interior of maple and pine-clad hills, rocky ridges and thousands of interconnected lakes, rivers and streams, typical of the Great Lakes forest region. Numerous access points surround the park, allowing for a variety of experiences. Professional outfitters can provide equipment and food for a self-guided trip take you on a guided canoe trip adventure. Some even offer fully-inclusive experiences with lodge-based accommodation and meals. Canoe travel provides the best access to the park and it is possible to paddle both well-traveled or remote routes. Popular access points along the Highway 60 corridor, like Opeongo, Canoe or Smoke lakes are well serviced by local outfitters, with full or partial outfitting packages available. For ambitious adventurers, the Petawawa River provides thrilling whitewater. Fish for a shore lunch in remote trout streams like the Nipissing River. Try backcountry routes starting at Brent, a historic ghost town from the logging and railway era, situated on spectacular Cedar Lake. Rain and North Tea Lakes, accessible from Highway 11 along Algonquin’s west side almost guarantee moose sightings!
12: Adam Roper is Portaging the canoe for us.
13: Our first campsite at Eustache Lake. Courtney, Adam, and David are in the canoe.
14: COURTNEY MICHAELS AND ADAM ROPER AT EUSTACHE LAKE | DAY 2
15: EUSTACHE LAKE Part of a post- glacial spillway Eustache Lake is Algonquin's deepest lake at 90M and rigged by 25M cliffs. A related large boulder trap can be seen between it and Keneau Lake. | The essence of Algonquin is in its vast interior of maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes. The only way to explore the interior of this park is by canoe or on foot.
17: EUSTACHE LAKE
18: EUSTACHE LAKE
19: CAMPING DAY 3 | Eustache Lake is purported to be the deepest lake in Algonquin Park at 90 m. This view shows the shallow north west end of the lake where it is drained by Eustache Creek. The clear greenish water that is characteristic of many Algonquin headwater lakes is very evident. The clarity is due to it being ground water fed; the greenish cast is due to the ground water's mineral content. It is interesting to note that Keneu Lake (a much smaller lake in area) drains into Eustache Lake. Never having visited Keneu Lake, we can't comment on its colour, but the lake is protected by being within in the Eustache Lake natural zone. Wagtail lake, adjacent to Eustache Lake and at about the same elevation but draining separately into the Petawawa River, was not originally so protected.
20: EUSTACHE LAKE
21: CAMPING DAY 3 | Algonquin Park is situated on the Canadian Shield. In general, the mineral content of its soils is hard crystalline rock of very low solubility. Consequently, surface waters drain away before they have had sufficient time to pick up appreciable mineral content from the soil and bedrock. The result is that most of the water in Algonquin Park is very soft. However, much of Algonquin Park is also poorly drained (which is characteristic of a "young" landscape. The landscape is evolving from its reshaping by the glaciers only 10 000 years ago.) This gives rise to bogs and wetlands. A bog (by definition) is a wet area that is isolated from ground water; its source of nutrients is solely rain and surface water. It is nutrient poor. The bogs are characterized by organic decay. The organic decay products, including tannins, give rise to the dark tea coloured water that characterizes Algonquin Park.
22: EUSTACHE LAKE
23: CAMPING DAY 3 | All non-headwater lakes and streams are inevitably contaminated by tannin containing sources. The only water bodies that are not dark and tea coloured are those headwater lakes that are fed by ground water. (note the differentiation between ground water and surface water.) Ground water is able to flow through the bedrock, through the tiny crack and fissures. (Indeed finding bedrock that is not permeated by water carrying fissures is one of the challenges facing the geologic disposal of nuclear waste.) But while the ground water can flow through the bedrock, the flow rate is very low. The ground water is in contact with the bedrock for very long periods of time -- in some cases thousands of years. Because the water is in intimate contact with the bedrock for such an extended period of time some dissolution of the bedrock will occur; ground water will have a higher mineral content than the surface water. Consequently, a ground water fed headwater lake where the topography is such that it is not contaminated with tannin laden surface water would be expected to have clear water with a high (or at least, higher than average) mineral concentration. The following Algonquin Lakes are purported to be green headwater lakes: Eustache Nadine Happy Isle (formerly Green Lake) Loxley North Sylvia Opalescent Ralph Bice Whiskeyjack Whitebirch
24: EUSTACHE LAKE | Melissa, Noah, & Courtney
25: David & Melissa | Algonquin Park is situated on the Canadian Shield. In general, the mineral content of its soils is hard crystalline rock of very low solubility. Consequently, surface waters drain away before they have had sufficient time to pick up appreciable mineral content from the soil and bedrock. The result is that most of the water in Algonquin Park is very soft.
26: Noah Bruce | Noah Bruce
27: Eustache Lake at our first campsite. Jumping off the cliffs. | DAVID BRUCE | David Bruce
31: EUSTACHE LAKE
36: Courtney, Adam, and David at our second campsite at Eustache Lake.
37: EUSTACHE LAKE
38: EUSTACHE LAKE 25M CLIFFS INTO CLEAR WATERS STRETCHING 90m DEEP
39: Day 3 Just relaxing at Eustache Lake. We went canoing, and cliff diving off the cliffs for excitement.
40: EUSTACHE LAKE | Our first campsite at Eustache Lake
41: Day 3 On day 2 and 3 we were able to go between both campsites. We were the only ones on that lake during that time. | EUSTACHE LAKE
42: POPULAR RAPIDS
43: Day 4 On Sunday, July 31st, we hiked our way back from Eustache Lake to Lake Travers. It only took us about a 7 hours to hike and portage. We had very good weather and it was easier for us to hike back.
45: POPULAR RAPIDS | Day 4 i had a chance to sit by the Popular Rapids before meeting up with the rest of the team. Listening to the Rapids was very peaceful and relaxing.
46: LAKE TRAVERS
47: Day 4 We portage a 1050M to get to a waterfall, and then canoed another 300M and then portage another 660M . We finally made it home! It sure was an experience to portage and many more memories were made!