The canoe trip passes through a secluded wilderness area shared with three families who have for many years enjoyed their summer visits to this peaceful valley. It is important to respect their privacy by canoeing along the opposite shore as far from their cabins as possible.
Also remember, safety is the highest priority. Prior to setting off, please complete the Safety Responsibility Contract
. Therefore, wear life jackets at all times and stay close to the shore in the early spring and late fall when water temperatures are low.
Head to the southeast corner of Buck Lake where the water flows into Poverty Lake.
Continue heading southeast across Poverty Lake to the point where it joins with Crotch Lake. At the most southerly point of Crotch Lake you will locate the portage to Twin Lake. Another aluminum Grumman canoe should await you on Twin Lake.
At the south end of Twin Lake you will pass through a narrow channel which was created by removing rocks from the lake bed. After climbing over a low beaver dam you will enter Little Twin Lake. At the southern end of Little Twin Lake an oversized steel culvert allows water to flow under an old logging road which intersects with the route surveyed for the historical Bobcaygeon Way. One hundred or so feet away from the shore, survey stakes and cedar mileposts can be found laying out this road, which was abandoned before it was built because of the rugged terrain.
After passing through or over the culvert and maneuvering your way through the wetlands which serve as fish spawning grounds, you will enter the main body of Long Lake. The lake is aptly described by its name. A rustic log cabin, located on a peninsula at the north end of the lake, is used as a base camp by Trails Youth Initiatives and other similar groups to familiarize their members with the northern wilderness.
Three quarters of the way down the eastern shore of Long Lake, a portage leads to Angle Lake. Water flows from this lake over Angle Falls into Long Lake. At the most southerly end of Long Lake, leave your canoe and follow the water outflow by hiking along a rough trail on the east side for approximately two hundred meters, at which point you will discover Crystal Falls.
It is important to take extra care when canoeing in remote areas.
First, ensure life jackets are worn at all times and not used to sit on or to cushion your knees.
Second, place cameras, food and extra clothing in sealed plastic bags and attach them to the canoe with a rope.
Third, don’t go out alone. You could sustain an injury and be alone when in need of help. In any event, make sure someone knows where you are going and when you plan to return.
Fourth, if members of your party cannot swim, keep close to the shore and away from swiftly flowing water.
If a storm blows in, return as quickly as possible to a safe place. Being in a canoe on an open expanse of water, especially in a metal one, is dangerous in case of a lightning strike