French to Baptism Creek
Posted by: James Janega
Season/Year: Summer 98
Water Level: unsure
Length: 40, 85, 44 rods
The first trick is finding the mouth of Baptism Creek -- it's inside the curl of willows on the south shore of French Lake. Wind your way upstream until the shallows. The two northernmost portages are well marked and on the west side of the creek. The southernmost portage is on the east side of the creek, and goes up around a waterfall. For a brief time, it's a trifle narrow and right above a 15 or 20 foot drop. Give yourself most of a day heading south (upstream). It's a peach in the opposite direction, a half-day or less from Baptism to French Lake.
Lake after portage: Baptism Creek
Known campsites: 3
Baptism Lake is a lovely quiet lake with one campsite on the jutting peninsula on the north end of the lake (good northern exposure) and a bigger one on the south point of one of the large islands in the main bay south of it. Dark lake full of pike, and some good bass fishing in the grassy eastern bay and in the rocky bay that leads to the short Baptism/Trousers portage.
Portage from Baptism Creek into: