Big Storms Remembered

Hurricane of '57

The hurricane had lost most of its energy and was just producing a series of squall lines and strong thunderstorms by the time it got to Temagami. We were on the staff trip to Kokoko Lake in June when it hit. 

The wind picked up a canoe on the campsite on the bigger island in Kokoko, lifted it about 10 feet into the air over the rest of the canoes, and it planed across the lake, finally ending up on the shore on the east side of the lake. 

Tim Weinland was standing on the base of the large red pine on the campsite when it blew over, and he rode the stump up into the air. 

Back at Ojibway, Mother and Mother Fay [Carl's mother and grandmother] had to drill holes in the floor of Dixie to let the water out of the cabin that was blowing under and around the door. 

The canoe was recovered after the storm, slightly worse for wear, ending up caught in some brush. Before the staff trip, Roy Waters had given us the weather forecast of cool, clear, with slight breezes from the northwest!

    Carl Schneider, Sr.


Keewaydin Archives

Storm of '65

I recall my brother saying that a tree came down on an empty tent and demolished it! 

     Jeff Gilbert



A Waubeno tent platform (right), 

in front of the baseball field, 

lifted by the roots of a downed tree.


Photo: Storm damage, 1965, Keewaydin, Temagami

Photo: Storm damage, 1965, Keewaydin, Temagami Cleaning up around the tent platforms after the storm (left) with two-person crosscut saws. Chief Howard Chivers, then director, who always worked as hard as everyone else at everything he did, is pointing.

Gale of '68

The storm hit around 9 p.m. while we were in camp between our last two trips after midseason. There were gale-force winds that knocked down trees and blew most of the canoes off the racks around the camp. 

The lake was as wild as Iíve ever seen it and the shoal south of Devilís Island was kicking up quite a lot of froth. You could actually see the rocks exposed when the lightning would flash. Iíll never forget the lightning on that out-of-water shoal south of Keewaydin. Never Ever!

     Dan Carpenter Jr.


Photo: Storm damage, 1968, Keewaydin, Temagami

Trees down by the shop. The icehouse is in the background.

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