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An early Spring Drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

2019 April 06

We drove into Lake Travers in Algonquin Park to check the progress of Spring. As expected, everything is still pretty frozen and running behind last year. For a comparison, see An Early Spring Drive into Lake Travers in Algonquin Park. Note that last year's drive was about 11 days earlier.

Last year's drive was much more idyllic; the day was sunnier and the road was much better. This year the road was passable but we're happy we had four wheel drive. For the most part, the road was essentially one lane but two vehicles could get by by venturing into the snow. (But there were good sections too.) Fuel economy was terrible with all of the mud and snow.

We also ventured along the side road into the Achray Campground in the vain hope that the gate might be open. We were the first to drive in there since the snowfall of last weekend.

We saw two geese flying over, crabbing about the lack of open water. And a woodcock! We saw a few other vehicles but not many. Most were in the vicinity of the Barron Canyon Trail. Our main discovery of the day was a trapper's cabin just off the Achray Road.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Frozen wetland along the Achray Road outside of the park.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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The road varied from snow covered to water logged and muddy to bare and essentially dry beyond Stuart's landing.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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The Sand Lake Gate is still snowed in.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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The Road leading down to the Barron River. We believe those are man-made water diversions across the road to localize the erosion.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Squirrel Rapids on the Barron River as seen from the bridge.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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The Barron River looking upstream from the bridge.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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A wet area adjacent to the road and the Barron River.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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The access point at Squirrel Rapids on the Barron River.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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The access point at Squirrel Rapids on the Barron River.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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This small hidden waterfall is still asleep - although you can hear it.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Brigham Lake access point.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Tributary of Forbes Creek.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Forbes Creek.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Forbes Creek.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Forbes Creek.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Forbes Creek.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Snow layer geology along Forbes Creek.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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The hydro corridor looking north.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Pretty Lake.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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The campsite at Pretty Lake.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Pretty Lake.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Wetland near the Petawawa River.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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The Petawawa River looking towards Lake Travers. Lake Travers is still ice covered.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Poplar Rapids on the Petawawa River.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Poplar Rapids on the Petawawa River.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Poplar Rapids on the Petawawa River.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Petawawa River.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Poplar Rapids on the Petawawa River.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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The Petawawa River and Lake Travers. The river in the foreground of this photo was largely open last year.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Poplar Rapids on the Petawawa River.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Poplar Rapids on the Petawawa River.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Poplar Rapids on the Petawawa River.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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The portage around Poplar Rapids on the Petawawa River.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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The side road into Achray.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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The side road into Achray - our tracks.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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The Achray campground is closed.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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Trapper's cabins along the Achray Road.

Early Spring drive to Lake Travers in Algonquin Park

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A dirty drive but somebody's got to do it.

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