Canoeing The Bloodvein Day 9 – X-Rock to Just Before Goose Rapids

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DAY 9 BASICS:

distance: 17 kilometers from 9:30 to 2:30

weather: beautiful sunny day ; slight wind from NW

rapids/portages: W26 portage finish + W27 rapids – 185 meter carry

campsite: an excellent one about 1 km above the start of the Goose Rapid Portage

X-Rock Rapids to just before Goose Rapids - 1

X-Rock Rapids to just before Goose Rapids - 2

At a bit over thirty kilometers the previous day had been one of our bigger ones;  This day would be one of our easier ones and would see us on the move for less than four hours. We were in no big rush to get going and sat there sipping coffee and enjoying the rays of the rising sun as they streamed through the trees onto the open campsite area.

The island setting is very dramatic, given that it is framed by two impressive falls/rapids.  I went down to the rapids on river left with my tripod and clicked away for a while.  Most of the shots were variations on this view –

the left-channel rapids at Bloodvein's X-Rock Island

the left-channel rapids at Bloodvein’s X-Rock Island

 After packing everything away, we did the second half of the portage down to the put-in at the bottom of a fairly steep descent to the water.

trail down to W26 put-in on X-Rock Rapids Island

trail down to W26 put-in on X-Rock Rapids Island

Max was good enough to video me carrying the canoe down to the water – and looking super-competent as I managed to ram the canoe  between a couple of badly-placed trees!

Our one full portage of the day came up an hour into the day  at W27. The map to the right shows that the 185-meter carry is on river left. We took out our cameras and spent some time snapping pics at this scenic spot. A few of them can be seen below.

W27P185

W27 P185

Bloodvein rapids - W27

a view of Bloodvein rapids – W27 – from the bottom

working on a shot on Bloodvein's W27

Max’s  shot of me framing something  on Bloodvein’s W27  …the shot below is the one I took

Bloodvein Rapids W27

Bloodvein Rapids W27

Max checking out the end of Bloodvein W27

Max checking out the end of Bloodvein W27

And that was it for portaging for the day.

Sometime before noon we passed three canoes coming upriver.  We had heard bush Basecamp- Bloodvein and Scout Lake mapplanes around 7 a.m. and so figured that they may have dropped off the eight guys and their three canoes – either that or they had set out from the lodge nearby.  The only trouble was, even though I had a lodge marked on my gps map, we did not see any sign of a lodge  as we passed by its supposed location.  As for the paddlers, they  said they were headed to Scout Lake to do a bit of fishing – a later check of our maps made us wonder just how they got up to the lake. The red arrow on the map shows our best guess.  The fishing must be out-of-this world to justify the effort in getting there!

We stopped for our customary one-hour lunch at the nice spot you see below. Not too far in the bush was the decaying hunters’ blind overlooking the reedy bay in the background. Either First Nations hunters from Bloodvein Village or hunters staying in one of the lodges in the area made use of it. While Atikaki Provincial Park takes its name from the woodland caribou (Atik in Ojibwe – combined with aki meaning land), in all likelihood it was moose these hunters were expecting.

a Bloodvein campsite above Goose Rapids- but we paddled on a bit

a potential in-a-pinch Bloodvein campsite above Goose Rapids- but we paddled on a bit

moose hunters' raised platform

basic moose hunters’ tree stand – overlooking marshy area on shoreline

Lunch done we paddled through the nearby Class 1 set of rapids (W28) and approached Goose Rapids.  When we saw the campsite on river left we decided the portage could wait until first thing the next morning.  So –  32 km the day before and 17 km on this day,  We figured out the average and knew we could live with it.

Bloodvein Campsite above Goose Rapids

Bloodvein Campsite above Goose Rapids – some signs of massive wind storm

Bloodvein Campsite above Goose Rapids - different perspective

Bloodvein Campsite above Goose Rapids – different perspective

looking south to Goose Rapids and the next morning's portage

looking south to Goose Rapids and the next morning’s portage

golden sunset on the Bloodvein above Goose Rapids

golden sunset on the Bloodvein above Goose Rapids

Next Post:  Canoeing The Bloodvein Day 10 – Goose Rapids to Rapids below Gammon Junction

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