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Pete 02-26-2020 07:00 PM

Turner Lake (Tweedsmuir Park)
 
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Took a trip with my boys to Tweedsmuir Park this summer to do some canoeing on the turner lake chain. This trip was back in August. We started off at Nimpo Lake and hired Tweedsnuir air for a lift into Turner Lake. I have done the hike before from the tote road but my kids wanted to fly.
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The first day we flew to the lake and stayed at the ranger cabins about midway down the lake. It was a pleasant night listening to the mice run around the cabin.
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The second day we paddled the lake and did some fishing along the way. There are several portages that are not too bad and several little unnamed lakes in between the main lakes.

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The fishing is best at the mouths and inlets of the lakes and cutthroats can be had really easy. We caught a cooked a few along the way.

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We made it as far as the end of Widgeon Lake before we got tired of the portages. The best camping was the NE beach of Junker Lake. It is red sand and the views are just amazing. We swam here a bit and the fishing is really good as well. There is a bear cache and a nice campground.

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We had great fun feeding the camp robbers as my kids always get the biggest kick out of that. We flew over the glaciers and the spectacular Talchako River on the way out. This is a highly recommended little trip for the whole family.https://forums.clubtread.com/attachm...273590&thumb=1https://forums.clubtread.com/attachm...273608&thumb=1

sidetrip 02-27-2020 09:30 AM

Had this one on my radar for a few years now. Got two big paddles coming up already this year but hopefully next year for this one. How were the bugs for whenever that was in August?

Pete 02-27-2020 02:10 PM

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Originally Posted by sidetrip (Post 849974)
Had this one on my radar for a few years now. Got two big paddles coming up already this year but hopefully next year for this one. How were the bugs for whenever that was in August?

There were no bugs in August but that park can be really bad as far as bugs any earlier. I have been all over that place many times.

Candy Sack 02-29-2020 03:56 PM

Great family trip. Looks like you got some extra time in the plane for a glimpse of the Monarch Icefield. But no classic aerial shot of Hunlen Falls?

Pete 03-03-2020 05:25 PM

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Great family trip. Looks like you got some extra time in the plane for a glimpse of the Monarch Icefield. But no classic aerial shot of Hunlen Falls?

We got a couple of shots from the plane and the observation lookout of hunlen falls.

Pete 03-03-2020 05:31 PM

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Great family trip. Looks like you got some extra time in the plane for a glimpse of the Monarch Icefield. But no classic aerial shot of Hunlen Falls?

Tons of Glacier shots from the flight.

alpalmer 03-03-2020 09:25 PM

Very Cool Place, haven't paddled in Tweedsmuir since the mid-90's. Thanks for the excellent photo's.

Skookum-Jim 05-12-2020 10:27 PM

I plan on doing this paddle next summer.

nvanhiker 06-10-2020 08:37 PM

Planning on doing this trip this Sept.


Is 4 nights enough time to get a good feel for the area or should i aim for 5? Want to see Henlen falls and thinking of getting dropped off at ptermigan lake for some hiking there beforehand. Do most who fly in fly out also (bear habitat issues in Sept i guess)

Candy Sack 06-12-2020 11:52 PM

We did 9 nights a few years ago - 4 up around Ptarmigan and 5 on the lakes. So I'd say take as many as you can get. Hiking out pretty much takes a day, and plus the logistics of leaving a vehicle at the trailhead.... Yes Sept would be prime bear season along the rivers in that area. Depends what you're into I guess. There's lots to see outside of Tweedsmuir too, so if there was time you could explore some of the other places as well. Bring a fishing rod!

Pete 06-23-2020 07:47 PM

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Originally Posted by nvanhiker (Post 851660)
Planning on doing this trip this Sept.


Is 4 nights enough time to get a good feel for the area or should i aim for 5? Want to see Henlen falls and thinking of getting dropped off at ptermigan lake for some hiking there beforehand. Do most who fly in fly out also (bear habitat issues in Sept i guess)


Four days would be pushing it if you were hiking both in and out of Ptarmigan lake. Flying to Ptarmigan, then do the lake loop and hike to Turner Lake would be a good four days.You will almost certainly see bears along the river on the hike in. I did this trip a while back in early Sept by myself. Here is the info.


https://forums.clubtread.com/27-brit...ept-2-7-a.html

nvanhiker 12-11-2020 05:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Pete (Post 851868)
Four days would be pushing it if you were hiking both in and out of Ptarmigan lake. Flying to Ptarmigan, then do the lake loop and hike to Turner Lake would be a good four days.You will almost certainly see bears along the river on the hike in. I did this trip a while back in early Sept by myself. Here is the info.


https://forums.clubtread.com/27-brit...ept-2-7-a.html


We ended up doing just that, thanks!. Flew into Ptarmigan, did day hike then one night there, one night north turner, one night on widgeon lake, then one night at cabin mid turner for pickup.



was an awesome trip, fun paddle, very quiet and great hiking. Whole region was great, definitely heading back at some point.

Jaaklucas 12-15-2020 04:16 PM

Pete, great on you to take you boys on such an great trip. These memories they will have will last a lifetime. Everyone on this forum knows how when you get the bug for outdoor adventure it makes you want more. Ignites a flame that never goes out. These young guys must be pretty stoked after this!

cjstepney 12-27-2020 03:08 PM

Fantastic, what an incredible experience. Just curious how much the canoe rentals are up on the lakes? Obviously the flight was pricey but worth every penny from the looks of those photos and the avoidance of the slog that the trail up the river valley would have been.


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