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Rain - Cranebill - Islet - Rain

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Dates:July 4-7, 2020
Entry Point:4 - Rain Lake (Algonquin)
Lakes:Cranebill, Islet, Juan, Jubilee, Rain, Sawyer

Rain Lake Access:

  • Quite a busy access point into the park.
  • Good parking and canoe launching with both sandy beach as well as a large dock.
  • A beautiful and expansive lake but due to proximity to the access, it is very busy. No escaping the crowds here.
  • Many camp sites on the lake were set up with families making the most of what nature has to offer and introducing their families to the camping experience; large oversized tents and a little bit on the louder side.

Rain Lake Portage to Sawyer Lake:

  • Easy off-load at north end of lake;
  • If you have time a beautiful rock to swim off from but be mindful of others that may be arrving/departing at portage;
  • Easy portage over to Sawyer Lake.

Sawyer Lake:

  • Wide open lake and getting quieter.

Sawyer Lake to Jubilee Lake Portage:

  • Beautiful sandy beach off-load. Great place to take a break;
  • Relatively easy portage;
  • A bit of a climb up but then flattens out over to Jubilee;
  • Entry point into Jubilee is slightly more challenging with a beaver dam creating some obstacles to get over;
  • Paddle out is good with the lake opening up shortly after leaving.

Jubilee Lake:

  • Beautiful wide open lake.

Jubilee Lake to Jaun Lake Portage:

  • Again a relatively easy portage.

Jaun Lake:

  • A beautifull short paddle across to the next portage.

Jaun Lake to Moccasin Lake Portage:

  • A slightly more challenging arrival;
  • A lot of treee routes to get over;
  • More ups and downs but still on the easier side of things.

​Moccasin Lake:

  • A beautiful open lake;
  • Quiet when we were there, however, two camp sites pretty much across from each other.

Moccasin Lake to Carnebill Lake Portage:

  • As we were entering into an 'unmaintaned' area, the off-loading was more challenging;
  • A bit 'boggy' and as it had recently rained, soft underfoot to sink into;
  • For a lightly travelled portage, it was in very good condition;
  • Certainly felt the remotness setting in.

Cranebill Lake:

  • Wow! After five hours of canoeing and portaging, it was great to be so remote;
  • Wide open lake;
  • Very quiet;
  • Camp site was ideal for one tent, and maybe two at a push;
  • Off-loading was on to a rock which was ideal and especially good for swiming off as well as doing the dishes;
  • The site itself was somewhat hilly. A lot of tree roots;
  • Great fire pit and area to prepare meals and hang out;
  • We were headed to Islet Lake the next day and instead of venturing in to the unmaintained portage and the vertical climb up the railway embankment which is very steep having hiked in to the park that way many times, we went back the way we came in to Rain Lake and over to Islet Lake. That was a long day, lasting almost seven hours.

Rain Lake to Hot Lake Portage:

  • A somewhat challenging steep start out of Rain Lake but hang in there. Once at the top of the hill it levels out nicely;
  • At the top of the hill and just across the hiking trail, there is a great staging area where we were able to leave our packs and then return to the lake to get the rest of our gear. A noce way to get the steep part over with quickly if doing more than one trip;
  • Rest of the portage was good and relatively flat.

Hot Lake:

  • A smaller lake to canoe over;
  • There were two other canoes in this smaller lake which surprised us. Both had fishing lines and were having some success at catching fish;
  • There are no campsites on this lake.

Hot Lake to Islet Lake Portage:

  • A good off-loading area;
  • A small climb up, followed by a decent to manother good loading area in to Islet Lake.

Islet Lake:

  • A fantastic lake to be on;
  • Slightly busier due to the number of canoe sites and hiking sites;
  • Stayed on the first site closest to the portage. A good rock landing area and reasonably good to swim off;
  • The fire pit is in behind the trees which opens up to a large open space;
  • Various tree seats have been made, as well as surfaces to set up your kitchen for the night;
  • The lake was fairly quiet when we were there and only occasionally hear voices from the camping site across the water.

We were meant to then be staying on Rain Lake for our final night. We actually did not end up staying and instead paddled to the access. The lake itself is very much more busy than the others and with that came noise and difficulty in finding a site. The sites towards the north end look better than the ones to the south and unfortunately, they were all taken and set up with families that likely were staying for a couple of days, looking at their set-up. The two sites we did consider staying at to the south were more exposed to the lake and in proximity to others.

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