Related Post: From Cliff Lake To The Kopka Via Lake Nipigon
The above post outlines what we had hoped to do. It turned out to be much too ambitious given the time we had! However, we were still able to check off most of the items except for the Jackfish Island and Kopka visits. That is what next time is for!
Here are a few of the images we paddled into on our twelve-day exploration of the Pikitigushi River system from Cliff Lake on down to Windigo Bay in Lake Nipigon and our island-hopping route down to Echo Rock.
The GPX file is in my Dropbox folder. Download it here – 2018 Nipigon Tracks. GPX
The weather was not the greatest and the wind made for extra work and worry – but looking at the pix, I think we were lucky to have made the journey! More details and maps – and images – to come in the following weeks.
See the two posts below if you want to know more about the Cliff Lake pictographs. Few people know that the lake has one of the Canadian Shield’s most significant collections of Anishinaabe rock paintings.
After the Bear Camp and our visit with the Boucher Bros., we would not see anyone for the next ten days as we paddled down the river and on Lake Nipigon. We also did not see any moose or woodland caribou or black bears; we did come across some paw prints on the various beaches we landed on. You will have to scroll down to the end of the post to see the one incredible display of nature we paddled into – a gathering of perhaps 150 pelicans at the bottom of a set of rapids.
We dealt with four major logjams on the lower Pikitigushi. None had a portage trail around them so we had to come up with solutions of our own!
We spent some time on the shores of Wabinosh Lake looking for remains of a WWII German POW (Prisoner of War) camp. It was apparently on the west side of the Wabinosh River as it comes in from Waweig Lake. We found no evidence. Eighty years and the bush have reclaimed the area if it was ever even there!