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JULY 20, 2005 

Dry weather mixed bag for canoe travel

Water levels are down everywhere, particularly in the backcountry where dams do not control lake levels, conjuring up mixed travel conditions for canoeists.

Some portage ends are hard to reach by canoe, leaving mud landings. Yet portages with muskeg along the treadways are now dry, and the sucking hell has become walking heaven. Remember the monster in the middle of the McConnell Bay portage in Chiniguchi? Gone.

Routes along small, shallow streams have transformed into a lot less paddling and a lot more tracking, or in extremes, portaging, where there simply isn't enough water to float a canoe. Like Nasmith Creek.

Ready to cool off? Well, some lakes are so warm when you walk into them that you have ask yourself, "Am I in the water yet? Feels like the same temperature as the air."

Canoeists aren't alone in their attraction to water, but sometimes it is good to be the one who didn't pass the swim test. Remember our friend the mosquito? Well, the little bugger is hungering for warm, standing pools of water. Too bad, but he isn't finding many.

Brian Back

JULY 19, 2005 

Fires continue to threaten area

With little change in weather conditions, fires continue to pop up throughout the area, though MNR has successfully extinguished virtually all before they could grow out of control.

So far this season, 230 fires have started in Sudbury, North Bay and Kirkland Lake fire districts (which all overlap Temagami region), but only four are burning today.

Roughly half were started by careless people. The rest are attributed to lightning.

JULY 17, 2005 

Extreme fire hazard brings ban on fires

  Campfires and all open fires banned

  Portable gas stoves permitted

  Travel remains unrestricted

High temperatures and lack of rain have raised the potential for forest fire to a crisis level. Consequently, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR)  designated on July 14 a Restricted Fire Zone where no open fires are permitted. This prohibits campers from using open fires for heating and cooking. 

Fire bans occur periodically, though this is the first this summer. The workaround, though not as fun, is to bring a gas stove. Backcountry travel remains unrestricted.

Failure to comply could result in a fine up to $1,000, financial responsibility for the fire and a jail term up to three months.

Since April 1 there have been 453 fires in northeastern Ontario, far outstripping last year's numbers.

The ban applies to virtually all of northeastern Ontario. For more information call the Ministry of Natural Resources' North Bay office at 705-475-5550.

JULY 9, 2005 

Invasive species and drinking water speakers at Stewardship Council AGM

Experts will discuss invasive species and drinking water on Lake Temagami at the upcoming meeting of the Temagami Stewardship Council.

The guardian of Lake Temagami's fishery will tackle some big current issues, like the invading spiny water flea, and drinking water on the lake at its July 25 meeting.

The Council's website is packed with stats and studies on the lake's fishery.


Date: July 25

Time: 1:00 p.m

Location: Temagami Municipal Building

WEBSITE: Temagami Stewardship Council

JULY 9, 2005 

Sturgeon Falls vendor now sells backcountry park permits

Backcountry park permits can now be purchased in Sturgeon Falls at Northland Trader, 71 Front Street.

Permits can also be purchased over the phone with a credit card by calling the park office at 705-569-3205. The permits will be mailed or faxed.

  MORE INFO: Backcountry parks guide



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