Stoplog Lake, Kawartha Highlands,

Sept. 2013

 

    The Labor Day 2013 weekend would be divided into three parts: the first was an overnight trip in the Kawartha Highlands Park.  We started out on Saturday morning from the Long Lake Access Point and made the long paddle through Long and Loucks Lakes to the 85 m portage.  Because of low water levels in the small pond, we continued to portage along the northwest shore linking up with the 70 m portage that leads to Compass Lake.  Once through Compass Lake we took the 300 m portage to Stoplog Lake.  After some navigating through and over several beaver dams, the lake opened up to easy paddling to our campsite (#564).  In the late afternoon, we went back out on the lake to explore and try our luck with fishing.  Marella proved the big winner in this endeavor as she caught a small small mouth bass near the narrow section of the lake around site #560.  After a nice quiet evening around the campfire, we set out on Sunday morning back-tracking our route to the Long Lake Access and the car.

      The long weekend was rounded out with the memorable wedding of our good friends Dave and Steph and a surprisingly fascinating tour of the Canoe Museum in Peterborough.

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