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Four Nights on St. Andrews Lake

2022 June 13-17

We recently spent four nights camping on St. Andrews Lake in Algonquin Park. The trip was characterized by significant wind and pine pollen. On the first day we traveled to St. Andrews Lake and established our camp on the fifth campsite along the western shore. This has become our preferred campsite on the lake. On the second day we went on a day trip to Ooze Lake. Unfortunately, we were a week or two early for the floral display. The third day was characterized by rain and wind and we confined our explorations to the adjacent campsites, which were unoccupied. On the fourth day we hiked and photographed down the portage to High Falls Lake and then up the Stratton Lake channel to High Falls Pond. We returned to Achray on the fifth day. The return trip was arduous because of the high winds. Rather than face the wind on Grand Lake, we portaged over to Johnston and Berm Lakes. We believe this route to be slightly shorter, but you are trading paddling for portaging. On this day, it seemed like a reasonable trade.

It is our intention to publish a Bushlog description of our trip, but in the meantime, here are some photos:

 Canoe Trip  20220613  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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On the beach at Achray with lots of pine pollen.

 Canoe Trip  20220613  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Looking across Grand Lake from Achray.

 Canoe Trip  20220613  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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About to have coffee at our campsite on St. Andrews Lake. The tent and tarp are set up but everything else is still in disarray.

 Canoe Trip  20220613  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Cliff face across the lake from our campsite.

 Canoe Trip  20220613  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Tent, tarps, and bug screen.

St Andrews Lake

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The rocky eastern shore of St. Andrews Lake.

 Canoe Trip  20220613  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Almost full moon rising over St. Andrews Lake.

 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Morning sun

 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Morning coffee in the bug net.

 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Lots of pine pollen.

 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Looking back at St. Andrews Lake from the portage to High Falls Lake.

 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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The outflow of of the Stratton Lake channel of the Barron River into High Falls Lake.

High Falls Lake Fire

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The western shore of High Falls Lake burned in August of 2016.

 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Ooze Lake.

 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Laurel -- probably Sheep Laurel.

Pine Pollen and Water Lily Leaves

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Pine pollen and lily leaves.

 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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The western shore of High Falls Lake burned in August of 2016. This view is from the end of the portage to Ooze Lake.

The outlet of the Barron River into High Falls Lake St Andrews Lake Channel

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The outflow of the St. Andrews Lake channel of the Barron River into High Falls Lake.

 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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The High Falls Lake end of the portage from St. Andrews Lake is steep.

 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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At camp on St. Andrews Lake.

Bedrock and Pine Trunks

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Eastern shore of St. Andrews Lake.

 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Beaver in St. Andrews Lake.

 Canoe Trip  20220614  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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The eastern shore of St. Andrews Lake.

 Canoe Trip  20220615  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Keeping up the diary in our bug net on St. Andrews Lake.

 Canoe Trip  20220615  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220615  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220615  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220615  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220615  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220615  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220615  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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St. Andrews Lake.

 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Layered Rock

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At the St. Andrews Lake end of the portage to High Falls Lake.

Barron River

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The outlet of St. Andrews Lake.

The rock pile on the far shore is not natural; it is a remnant of the old logging works.

 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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The St. Andrews Lake channel of the Barron Rive.

 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Woodland Waterfall

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Woodland Waterfall on the Barron River. (The site of the Tom Thomson painting of the same name. Woodland Waterfall)

 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Below Woodland Waterfall on the Barron River.

Below Woodland Waterfall

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 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Along the Stratton Lake channel of the Barron River.

 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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The Stratton Lake Channel of the Barron River

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 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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High Falls

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High Falls on the Stratton Lake channel of the Barron River.

 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Along the portage from High Falls Lake to St. Andrews Lake.

 Canoe Trip  20220616  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220617  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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In the bug net.

 Canoe Trip  20220617  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Morning sun.

 Canoe Trip  20220617  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220617  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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 Canoe Trip  20220617  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Wind on Stratton Lake.

 Canoe Trip  20220617  4 nights on St Andrews Lake

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Threatening skies over Berm Lake.

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