48 km total, starting with 12.5 km on the Pekans River, then 3.3 km on a small river with 100 feet elevation rise. That will be the toughest part. Then, 5 lakes with 4 sections of river connecting the lakes and one small section of land (200 m) from Pekans River hydrological basin to Carheil River basin.
I am prepared for 2 days, but targeting to do it in one day.
Patrice, fine son, drove me to the bridge over the Pekans River in the morning. Kayak loaded and ready to go at 8:00.
The section on the Pekans River was easy and fast: average speed of 7.3 kph for 12.5 km. Wind and current helping.
Pulling up the kayak on the 3.3 km St-Ange discharge was tougher than I thought. Took me almost three hours.
With a north east bound wind, the sections on the St-Ange Lake, Cladonie Lake, Low Ball Lake and Carheil Lake were against the wind. The 11 km on the La Rue Lake was with the wind.
It is easy to pull the loaded kayak over the 200 m section of land between the St-Ange Lake et the La Rue Lake. Flat, a little swampy, with grass.
I stopped two times for rest: 15 minutes the first time before engaging the La Rue Lake; 30 minutes the second time, before the Cladonie Lake.
Reached Carheil Lake at 19:00 with a remaining 5 km to complete the ride. Again against the wind. Had to follow the shore line.
At 20:00 I could see my pick-up and trailer near the boat ramp.
- No cellular phone service. I have a satellite phone.
- Have map, GPS or compass. The topography is pretty flat and the lakes have a lot of bays. You can find yourself doing extra, unworthy km, searching your path.
- Walking the rivers is tricky with very slippery rocks. Easy to hurt yourself. Have proper shoes.
- Take gloves with you. The rope for pulling the kayak is tougher on the hands than paddling.
1) Next time, I will do it in two days.
2) Not bad for a 50 year old guy who discovered sea kayaking 2 years ago.
The bridge on the Pekans River is at KM 531 on the Road 389 from Baie-Comeau to Fermont; 37 km before reaching Fermont.
Ask to local people for the exact location of the unloading boat ramp on the Carheil Lake or see GPS trail data attached.
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