Day 15. Lookout River to Onamakawash Lake. 9.7 miles.
Our first portage was a long one, 1087 meters. But, no need to worry. It was one of the easiest portages we had ever been on, just a sandy path through semi-open jackpine forests. After that, there were several more short portages to negotiate, nearly all of which hopped around a scenic rapids.
We foolishly passed up a campsite after the last of these and ended up paddling for another two hours to Onamakawash Lake. There we encountered a First Nation woman fishing in the narrows where the river exits the lake. She told us about a camp "across from the big island with lots of big blueberries" (she was right) and also warned us about the tunnel under the railroad tracks, which we would cross the next day. First thing we'd heard about any such tunnel! The campsite turned out to be a dandy one where we enjoyed another smoky sunset.
|Another smoky sunset on Onamakawash Lake|