Ingall Lake - June 11, 2009
I finally had the chance to go kayaking for the first time this season. I decided to check out a new-to-me lake: Ingoll Lake which is about 28 kms from Dryden. The lake is long and narrow so I can see that it could get pretty rough if the wind is just right.
This lake does not have any camps or beaches on it so unless you're sharing the lake with other boaters, you're pretty much alone. While on the lake I didn't hear any cars, trains or people until I was on my way back when a float plane flew overhead a couple times. My guess it took off from Dor Lake.
I didn't see any beavers but I did see at least 6 beaver lodges. Lots of birds singing (the only sound I heard) so it was nice and peaceful. When I first started out, the surface of the lake was so smooth/calm, that you couldn't tell when the shore ended and the water started.
The weather kept promising some rain but it held off until an hour later when I decided it was time to turn back, that's when a bit of a sprinkle started. It didn't last long but it started up again when I got back to the boat launch.
On my way back to the put-in, I saw a fairly large turtle on the shore who must have not liked me around as it headed for the water. I was able to get about 10 feet from a couple of black birds with purple throats and heads. I was surprised they let me get so close.
This was the first time I've been on this lake but I doubt it will be my last. Maybe next time I'll have the time to go right to the other end. Pickerel Lake is pretty close to this lake, only a couple more km's up the road so I'll have to check that one out soon as well.
Eagle Lake - July, 2009
My Brother in Law Brad and his wife Cindy are in town from down east. They rented a cabin for a week on Eagle lake so I offered to bring out my kayak for them to use if they chose to do so.
On one particular nice day I decided to go for a paddle out to a small island. It only took about 20 mins round trip since it was only approximately one mile each way. The island is pretty small but I coasted around the far side to get a good look at it. The island was only populated by a hand full of Seagulls.
I hadn't gone out for a paddle of any sort since my canoe trip in Quetico Provincial Park (July 5th - 13th, 2009) where we paddled 100 kilometers so this very short trip to the island should have been pretty easy but my arms were getting a little sore. I was paddling pretty hard without resting so maybe this is why I was getting sore - I guess I need to get out more.
And if we actually get a summer I will.
I didn't have my hard shell camera case so I didn't take my camera with me.
The map you see here was not generated with my gps as I did not have it with me so the path shown is approximate.
© 2009 Derek Kennedy