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Turtle River/White Otter Lake Canoe Trip – in pictures

East Texas Red with the boat – Souris River 17′ Kevlar canoe

We’re back from the woods after an 80 km, 12 portage canoe trip in a non-operating park north of Atikokan called Turtle River Provincial Park. We put in at the Turtle River bridge on 622 and canoed to the strange log castle built by eccentric woodsman Jimmy McOuatt in the early 1900s, and then back. We also visited the remains of a POW logging camp located just north of the castle.

We had a bug-free trip, which was a real treat, and just 2 nights and a morning of rain. The trip alternated between river and lake stretches, including parts of Smirch Lake, Dibble Lake and big White Otter Lake. Fishing was great for bass, including some really big ones. Here’s a selection of snapshots I took along the way.

Turtle River
Relaxing at camp

Evening

On the Rocks

Portage

Another party coming up the river

Looks like rain – we’ll need a tarp set up

How many animal tracks do you see?

Beach

Asters

What are these?
We’re so small in this vast landscape
East Texas Red contemplates the universe
More wildflowers

Huge boulder formations

Somebody made furniture at this beach site
More furniture
Evening drama

Fabulous boulder fields

Sunset

My bear taco

Hard to be a tree in this landscape
Island campsite

Relaxing in camp

Amazing ground cover

White Otter Castle getting a facelift

Inside White Otter Castle – with graffiti

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