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An Early Spring Drive into Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

2018 March 26

On Monday March 26, Bob and Diana drove into Lake Travers in Algonquin Park. It was a beautiful day and we had the park to ourselves; we didn't see a soul from when we left Hwy. 17 until well after we had left the park on the way home. Everything is still pretty much frozen but with a little bare ground in sunny spots. The road was in remarkably good condition, but it's still largely frozen. When we left home we didn't really have an agenda because we didn't know the condition of the road. But the driving was good and we went all the way to Lake Travers. None of the public side roads -- into McManus Lake or into Achray -- were drivable.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Everything is still pretty much frozen.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Frozen wetland.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Arty frozen wetland.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

The Sand Lake Gate

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

The road varied from clear and dry to ice covered; it got a little soft in places as the day warmed up.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

The Barron River is still frozen.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Diana photographing Squirrel Rapids.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

This little waterfall is still asleep.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Shadows on snow.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

A small tributary of Forbes Creek. We were visited by a fox looking for a handout here. She didn't get close enough to allow her portrait to be taken.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Forbes Creek

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

A big culvert.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Bob thrashing through the undergrowth.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Forbes Creek.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Forbes Creek again -- our lunch spot.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Forbes Creek even farther upstream.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

The hydro lines looking north.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

The hydro lines looking south.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Pretty Lake.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Frozen wetland near Lake Travers.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Portage around Poplar Rapids on the Petawawa River.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Looking down the Petawawa River towards Lake Travers.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Looking up the Petawawa River at Poplar Rapids.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Fast cold water.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Towards Lake Travers.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Minor channel of the Petawawa River flowing towards Lake Travers.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Petawawa River.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

The bridge at Poplar Rapids on the Petawawa River.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Seen better days.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

We suspect that this well trodden trail starts at the Observatory House (associated with the radio telescope).

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Bob: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Grand Trunk.

Early spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

(photo by Diana: 2018-03-26 - map - explore

Someone didn't have a good day.

Achray Road Algonquin Park Barron River Forbes Creek Lake Travers Petawawa River Poplar Rapids (Petawawa River) Pretty Lake Sand Lake Gate