Kahshahpiwi to Trant

Quetico portage
Posted by: Phebe Vance
Season/Year: Summer 98
Water Level: low
Length: 200 rods
Rating: difficult
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Portage Description:
The approach to the beginning of the portage is affected very much by water levels. In '98 we had to go up the creek, pulling the canoe, wading in semi-soft mud. The take out is along a bank, on the right, with cedars around. This portage appears on maps to be two portages about 20 rods and then about 88 rods, separated by a paddle of indeterminate length. Actually, the distance between the two portages is just more portage, not a creek paddle as the maps (Fischer & McKenzie) show. Therefore it turns out to be at least 200 rods of gear carrying, maybe longer. The beginning of the portage from Kahshahpiwi is through the cedars, with the footing requiring your attention because of roots and rocks. Then the portage changes to mostly level, along the edge of the creek and marsh to the left, trees to the right. There is one stretch that goes up and over a wooded hillock. Not bad. Mainly, you have to watch your footing all the time because of mudholes and rocks. After a long walk, you will know you are near the end because you go up again, the rocks are big and you have to pick your way over and between them as you climb. The landing at Trant is very rocky, but not difficult to put in. Paddling away you will have to watch out for submerged logs and a few rocks would like to grab at the bottom of your canoe.

Lake after portage: Trant
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Lake Description:

Trant is a very pleasant, smaller lake. It offers pictographs in a small bay, then two larger parts of the lake are fun to explore. The western half of the lake is rocky and quite beautiful. The eastern half has fewer rocks on the shore. There are two portages leading out of this half of the lake, one to Hurlburt Lake to the northeast, the other to an unnamed lake to the east.

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