Day Trip to Wylie Lake
2021 July 28
Diana and I recently went for a day paddle around Wylie Lake in the Petawawa Research Forest. This was the first time we had visited in almost three years, access having been disrupted variously by closures due to forest fire concerns, the washouts of 2019, and Covid.
Wylie Lake is a very picturesque lake, a green headwater lake. It is also popular with fishermen since it is regularly stocked with splake. However, there were no fishermen or motor boats there when we visited, just a single other canoe. Wylie Lake probably doesn't get too many casual visitors due to the very rough access road off Cartier Lake Road.
It was a nice sunny day although there was obviously some weather moving in -- lots of interesting clouds. We didn't see any wildlife other than some small fish and two large snapping turtles, no loons although we have encountered nesting loons here in the past. We were a week or two early to catch the the cotton grass in bloom.