Post by riveraddict on May 20, 2013 14:05:50 GMT -5
Water was low, but we had to try... Nice drops out of North Renous Lake, then the water was too low and we spent Sat morning hopping in and out of boats and one long walk through a wide section. Ate lunch about 1km downstream of Shore Pool, then it was OK from there. From the washed out bridge at Moran Lake Road to the bridge over the 108 there was enough water but BONY. We camped on river left about 100 m below the Little Ottawa Branch- small site with the fire pit below the high water mark. Ate well, drank well, and ended well. Next time the water is low, I will start from Moran Lake Road. The best rapids are below this point along with the nicest pools. Just thought I would share the water levels for others who may want to try it:
Put in: Catamaran Brook: 0.68, Little Southwest: 1.57 on May 18 Take out: Catamaran: 0.66, Little Sou'west: 1.53 on May 19
The second day was definatley more fun. The rapids are very long and the scenery in fantastic below Little Ottawa brook. We saw a few moose along the shore and in the river at times. I'm not sure how many we missed while focusing on the river though. The guys had no trouble catching us supper either. The fiddleheads were overgrown but we brought some just in case....nothing like trout and fiddleheads on a riverbank. Glad I finally got to run this...I'll be back when the water is a bit higher.
Was an awesome outing with great paddlers! I started working on a video but somehow half of my footage is deleted. Does anyone know how to undelete .mp4? Working on that. Last clip I have is of Hugh coming through Sheppards. Hopefully will have something up in a week or two. Such beautiful and rugged country.
I wouldn't say a spray deck is required Ken but float bags are a must in higher water. The two significant drops are at the outlet of the lake and Sheppards rapids. Everything else after this is just really long and fun. I can definitely see why you are so anxious to get back here and paddle it again.
Post by riveraddict on May 23, 2015 7:21:53 GMT -5
Did the North Renous again May long weekend 2015. We wanted to spend 3 days this time and do some more fishing and exploring. The drop from the lake was MUCH more intense with the hole at the bottom filling both of our boats and only hard paddling got Kyle out of the next hole he was backsurfed into... It was like getting a bucket of cold water to the face. We both had full front and rear floatation and our barrels tied into the bottom of the boats. This gave us enough freeboard to paddle to shore and empty. No more dragging over the bouldery section downstream and I did not even recognize Shepards. Took out at McGraw Brook so we could get into some fiddleheads on the main stem of the Renous to go with the shiny pink trout. Lost my gopro on day 1- those tethers you buy do not work very well on a round helmet. I'll make my own tether next time. The Little Southwest was at 1.97 when we started and Catamaran was at 0.73. Still could do it a little lower, but this was a good level for the wide shallow section below the lake outflow rapids.
Yes, trusting the gopro branded tethers for the second time was my biggest mistake. New camera has a floater AND heavy duty homemade tether directly to the helmet. Too bad my battery was dead on the last trip... I guess tech is not my thing either way!