So here we are again, going back to Carcajou Bay off Grand Lake. We like this area and no portages to get to our campsite. So that’s a bonus. Just a little paddle in site and we can even take more stuff, cause you can never have too much stuff !
This year we are doing a longer trip, putting in at Opeongo Lake and heading to Crow Lake. Opeongo is the largest lake in Algonquin Park with a total area of 58 km2 (22.4 sq mi), average depth 14.6 m (48 ft) and maximum depth 49.4 m (162 ft). Opeongo has three arms, north, west and south. We are heading to the North arm.
Opeongo Lake has a store, canoe/kayak/gear rentals and also water taxis. If you aren’t familiar with water taxis, you can hire someone with an actual boat, WITH A MOTOR, to take you and your canoe/kayak to another part of the lake. Much faster, saves a lot of time and because the water on some of these big lakes can be very rough, it is safer. I am pretty sure I have mentioned more than 53 times, I hate paddling on big lakes. We are experienced canoeists but I still don’t like to paddle certain lakes and this is one of them. This particular lake has had many drowning deaths on it. As recently as 2014, four canoeists capsized. Two made it to shore and two drowned. Extremely sad for the families. Just be safe when canoeing or doing any kind of boating and wear your lifejackets.