Jean to Conk
Posted by: hodgettg
Season/Year: Spring 05
Water Level: high
Length: 0 rods
Here's a story that will catch any Quetico veteran's attention:
The reason why I put the distance as zero...The water was so high that spring (the ranger said it was about 10-12" higher than normal) that the stream connecting Jean to Conk lake was actually flowing enough to shoot through on our canoes. It was such a relief to not have to unpack all our stuff and carry it over our day's longest portage.
We did take it at a whim, adventurous and all. My dad and I were waiting out in our canoes while another group was loading up at the portage. Our other two group members were just coming up a 100 yards behind us when we began noticing the wooded ravine. It looked like someone had cut some branches out of the way, and as we got closer and closer, we began gaining speed. We went for it! The stream was moving pretty quick through the ravine between the two lakes. It was probably the most exciting part of the trip, shooting down a deep ravine and cruising in to a beaver dam, before sliding over the watery marsh grasses and in to Conk lake. I wish I could do it again!
Lake after portage: Conk
Known campsites: not sure
Well, Conk lake seems more exciting now than it did in previous years, but still, its scenic, the fish gave us some action, and we were all still on an adrenaline rush from that adventure! For those still interested in technical details:
Conk lake has a high bluff on the east side, a few bays, an inlet, and a moderately shallow shelf that doesn't really drop off deep except on the higher elevated east end. The clarity is down to 10-12', and the color is moderately clear.
Portage from Conk into:
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