Some photographs of the effects of the drought of the summer of 2012 in the vicinity of Achray on Grand Lake in Algonquin Park.
2012 August 01
This year (2012) has been characterized by a low snow pack, an early spring and subsequent early ice-out, and minimal rain. Renfrew County has declared a level 2 drought. The situation in Algonquin Park, particularly in the eastern pine forests, is similar, if not worse. On 2012 July 18, Algonquin Park was declared a Restricted Fire Zone. On 2012 July 20, eastern Algonquin Park was closed and evacuated due to a forest fire in CFB Petawawa on the Orange Road adjacent to the park boundary. Over the next ten days or so, ten fires ignited by lightening burned in the evacuated area. By 2012 July 31, all the fires in Algonquin Park were extinguished and the eastern access was reopened with the restricted fire zone designation remaining in effect.
On 2012 August 01, Bob and Diana ventured in to Achray on a day trip to scope out some locations -- we had been turned back at the Sand Lake Gate on a similar quest 12 days earlier. Achray was eerily quiet; the camp ground was still essentially empty. Over the course of the day, we saw one other canoe and a kayak. All the interior campsites we saw were unoccupied. Not at all what we are used to in mid summer.
Above, we may have misidentified the undergrowth plants in some photos. However, on the ground in this general area, we noted in particular blueberry bushes, bearberry and sweet fern, all red or brown.