Day 7. August 21. Whitewater Lake to Greyson Lake. 7.6 miles.
After a leisurely morning, we headed up the Greyson River enjoying warm temps and light winds. The first portage was easy, other than a tricky water crossing. The next portage was something else again. It looked from the map like you could either stick to the river and take a number of short portages or elect one longer one straight into Greyson. We opted for the longer one. It took some hunting to find the end, but we persevered and located the trail (marked by the typical aging blazes). It didn't look too bad, we thought, but we were wrong, After crossing a low rock ridge, the trail descended into a bog complete with long stretches of the proverbial boot-sucking mud. The heat and humidity also were exhausting, and we wound up shuttling our gear forward in three stages.
On previous canoe trips to the BWCA and Quetico, a portage like that would guarantee solitude, but when we paddled onto Greyson Lake, we watched a float plane descend and taxi up to a lodge! We never actually saw another person, but the effect was the same.
We headed for the other end of the lake where the river enters from Arril, and enjoyed a quiet evening on what appeared to be the only campsite on that end of the lake.
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