Overview: This is a fun, short paddling trip that you can power through in a day or take your time with as an overnighter. Most of the trip is on a narrow creek which winds through marshland with some small lake crossings. It's a nice diversion from lake tripping and it gets you out of the wind. Shuttle required.
Duration: approximately 6 hours (1 or 2 days)
Distance: around 25-30km
When to go: spring or any time the water levels are higher in the park
Access: You'll be putting in at the campground on Namekus Lake, off Highway 263 (the scenic south access to the Park). There's a nice sandy beach and a parking lot there you can leave a vehicle in overnight.
The take-out is at Anglin Lake, wherever works for you - although if you are leaving a vehicle overnight we suggest the launch area in Jacobsen Bay (by Land of the Loon Resort).
Description: This trip tests the bow paddler. It's full of twists and turns which requires some solid draws to get the front of the boat around corners. If you don't have a strong paddler up front give yourself some extra time to complete the trip.
Paddle across Namekus lake to where it flows out into a small stream at the south end of the lake. The first bit will seem full as there is a beaver dam holding back the water. It takes about 2 hours to get from your put-in point to the camp spot at Trappers Lake, and you may encounter a few obstructions (like trees) but that's all part of the adventure. At lower water levels there may be a section or two of swift water. Watch for otter activity here, you might get lucky.
If you're camping overnight, there's the old campground (no longer maintained) on the south shore of the lake, NE up the shore from where the creek empties south again towards Anglin.
It will take you about 4 hours to paddle the next portion of the creek to the mouth at Anglin Lake. This is marshland, so fewer trees to worry about and lots of marsh flora and fauna. Keep in mind there are only about 2 places you can get out of the boat along this section, so take your snack break when you see the opportunity. There is a beaver dam to lift over at one point but hey, that's a chance to stretch your legs.
Not far from the end of the creek you'll pass an enormous beaver lodge. This mammoth structure is visible by sattelite on Googe Maps! Don't go poking your head in it, we aren't sure we want to meet whoever lives in there.
Once you reach Anglin Lake you have the option of taking a side trip up Christie Bay to the old Scout camp there. It's on the south shore just past the narrows and there is a plaque there dedicated to Charles Roy Christie, known as the "Grand Old Man of Forestry" in the first half of the 20th century, and his wife Rachel Stephenson Christie, a well respected leader in the deaf community at the time.
Enjoy your trip!
- the Eb's family