Lepreau River April 28-May 1 May 2, 2017 19:05:48 GMT -5
Post by riveraddict on May 2, 2017 19:05:48 GMT -5
Kyle, Mitchell, and I ran this river over the weekend. We decided on a shorter shuttle by putting into Cranberry Lake, paddling into Little Cranberry Lake (Tomoowa) and portaging into the deadwater between Victoria and West Long Lake. Paddled across Victoria Lake and down we went. The water level was 1.1 on this day and I would not want to do it any lower. There was lots of long class 1 rapids and a few ledges which ended in big pools or dead waters. We camped on a snowmobile/ATV crossing but there is a better campsite another hour downstream just past a long rapid on river left on a large section of exposed granite in a large deadwater. Day 2 we continued on and came to the rapid under the bridge on the 7 mile lake road which we dragged around on river left. Lots of great rapids on this section and flotation will be an asset if you plan to run them all. The river doubled in size just after the North Branch came in and the water had dropped to 0.9 by the end of the day- lots of water for this section. We camped at Upper Munson Falls on the second night on a large ledge extending into the water on river right but there was also a site on river left. Next day we portaged around Upper Munson Falls- which is a class 3(+?) that could be run on the left side at the right water level. Just downstream is Munson Falls which had a large hydraulic on each side of a big ledge. Didn't consider running this one in a loaded tripping boat. We paddled to the center and dragged over. Lots of other rapids including one other class 3-ish we lined and dragged around but could be run if you desired. The river calmed down and had a steady current to our take out in a gravel pit in Ragged Falls Flowage. With lots of supplies left, we ended up staying one more night. It was a great trip- no camps except on Cranberry Lake, and very little sign of people except around the road. Lots of scouting, lots of laughs, a couple of trout, and not much firewood in this country- everything dead was rotten. It is quite obvious that this area lacks soil and nutrients. It also has some dangerous rapids so if you go, scout it out- it was easy to avoid the bad areas with a little caution.