Gravel Portage

Photograph of a gravel portage in Algonquin Park.

2003 September 09

I can still remember my indignation, 30 years ago, when I encountered my first portage "improved" with wood chips. Today, I encountered my first gravel portage. Maybe these are all the rage elsewhere, but I've never encountered one before. Anyone care to start a pool on when the first asphalt portage appears in Algonquin Park?

Portage leading to the Barron River at the Brigham Lake access point

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Portage leading to the Barron River at the Brigham Lake access point.

Granted, the gravel ends where the portage meets the portage that runs along the river, but it's the thin edge of the wedge.