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Re: Irvine Lake Loop Destroyed
Reply #10 - Oct 13th, 2020 at 12:01pm
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Hey Jimbo, Long time no chat.

I sent an email in to Claire to see what she might offer as far as what's up with the Irvine Area. I will share what I hear back. If it is as bad as Martin made it sound we will find a different area. Of course all of that "assumes" we can even get into Canada.

And if we can't get into Canada we will figure something else out. We ain't getting any younger so we have to take these trips before our bodies (and wives) say no more you fools.
  
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Reply #11 - Oct 13th, 2020 at 1:17pm
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Here is the prompt response I just received from Claire regarding portage maintenance and the Irvine Area since the fire.



We have not visited the Irvine area since before the fire of 2018.  And this fire was pretty intense in these parts.  So, the area is making it to the top of our priority list for next summer and will be challenging to find and to clear... especially with less experienced crews.  Both of our senior crew leaders (wardens) have moved on and our new leaders will be in training.

So, we have not pointed folks to Irvine, nor do I know of any visitors this summer that ventured thru here.  That is about all that I can offer you at this time. Unless you are planning a later summer trip, traveling thru here prior to crews having had a chance to clear the routes could be more than you bargain for.

  
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Reply #12 - Oct 13th, 2020 at 7:52pm
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I always forget where Irvine is and have to track it down again on a map somewhere. It's a spot that I've come close to but not gotten into yet. There's a lot of WCPP for that matter that I still have to explore.
  
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Reply #13 - Oct 14th, 2020 at 5:39am
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I did a solo from Irvine and looped around west down to Royd/Gammon pre fire (2016).  We didn't fly over that area on our last two trips up there so I can't be much help there.  However, I would take stock in Claire's advice. I would think there would be quite a few trees down from the fire itself and then you have windfall and snowfall trees coming down over time.  I waked a portage (without boat) from one of the lakes to the west of Irvine to a river that was not cleared after a fire.  I literally had to crawl under trees and climb over trees.  It was interesting to see some of the blazes on the dead/charred trees still standing. I have some pics of that area if your interested in what that looks like. Campsites need to be cleared as well.  On the plus side you can get some pretty good views from high places!   BTW the fishing on that trip was crazy good! 

Stay safe.........
  
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Reply #14 - Oct 14th, 2020 at 6:59am
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I actually have a short video of that old burn area as well.  The "portage" went to Larus Creek.  Great memories!
  
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Reply #15 - Nov 10th, 2020 at 4:25am
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Irvine was one of my favorite lakes. The walleye fishing was pretty incredible the first time I visited it. I was shocked when I went back a few years later after the blowdown to see the beautiful campsite Iíd stayed at the first time totally full of downed trees and such. I donít think you could pitch a tent if you tried. Luckily the more common camp across the way was in great shape.
The first time was after the 2011 fire. I was told you couldnít get through the portages from the north end down to split rock. But although charred the portage in question was no problem except tripping over firehose left behind the year before. Just think how the fishing will be when things settle down and the regrowth is underway.
High and Dry, I hope you can get your feet wet in this area again and make it to Irvine. Youíll love it Terry. Just watch out for killer wasps... I watched one do a straight line attack on magicpaddler. Nailed him in the eye for crying out loud! He wrestled that thing outta there with hardly a sting. I never paddled with anyone as tough as him... I hope they can open our borders again and more great memories can be made!
  
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Reply #16 - Nov 10th, 2020 at 1:23pm
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nctry_Ben wrote on Nov 10th, 2020 at 4:25am:
Irvine was one of my favorite lakes. The walleye fishing was pretty incredible the first time I visited it. I was shocked when I went back a few years later after the blowdown to see the beautiful campsite Iíd stayed at the first time totally full of downed trees and such. I donít think you could pitch a tent if you tried. Luckily the more common camp across the way was in great shape.
The first time was after the 2011 fire. I was told you couldnít get through the portages from the north end down to split rock. But although charred the portage in question was no problem except tripping over firehose left behind the year before. Just think how the fishing will be when things settle down and the regrowth is underway.
High and Dry, I hope you can get your feet wet in this area again and make it to Irvine. Youíll love it Terry. Just watch out for killer wasps... I watched one do a straight line attack on magicpaddler. Nailed him in the eye for crying out loud! He wrestled that thing outta there with hardly a sting. I never paddled with anyone as tough as him... I hope they can open our borders again and more great memories can be made!

That was a good trip.
  
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Re: Irvine Lake Loop Destroyed
Reply #17 - Nov 11th, 2020 at 9:14pm
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I'll have to go there Cool
  
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