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D4: Paddling Trip: Murtle Lake (July 2 to July 10)

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PADDLING, HIKING, BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING

Murtle Lake is world-famous as the largest canoe-only lake in North America. Set in a pristine mountain valley, the West Arm of the lake gets the most use by a ratio of about 3 to 1. This is due to the warmer water, sandy shallows and yellow sand beaches.

The North Arm is usually very quiet, has a few beaches itself and by far the most spectacular mountain scenery. The very tip of the North Arm is absolutely stunning, with towering mountains and a huge moose meadow that has frequent wildlife visitors, with eagles and moose being among them.

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BEFORE YOU CLICK THE "SIGN UP" BUTTON READ THIS:

YOU WILL BE REGISTERED TO THE WAIT LIST AND WE WILL SELECT 10 TRIP PARTICIPANTS TO JOIN US. IN ORDER TO ENSURE ADEQUATE TRANSPORTATION AS WELL AS A DIVERSELY SKILLED GROUP WILL BE SELECTED BASED ON THEIR ANSWERS TO THE SIGN UP QUESTIONS, SO ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS COMPLETELY. THE ORGANIZERS WILL LET PARTICIPANTS KNOW BY APRIL 10.

PLEASE READ THROUGH THE ITINERARY AND ESTIMATED COSTS TO ENSURE THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO COMMIT TO THE TRIP BEFORE YOU SIGN UP.

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ESTIMATED COST: $267.50 plus gas money

You must give Becky $160: $120 for canoe rental (includes paddle and PFD), $40 two nights at blue river campground (one before and one after) - due by the May 26 meeting but preferred before since the charge is sitting on my credit card. You must bring $90: $30 exact cash to pay camping permit at the lake, $60 to pay driver Other Costs $17.50: $17.50 to rent a canoe at the Glenmore Reservoir Calgary Canoe Clu (http://www.calgarycanoeclub.com/)b for a flat water practice night in June --------------------------------------------------------------------------

INFORMATION ABOUT MURTLE LAKE
- Wild Life (http://www.explorewellsgray.com/birdsbearsflowers.html)
- Murtle Canoes (rental service) (http://www.explorewellsgray.com/murtlecanoes.html)
- Park Website (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/wg_murt.html)
- Park Brochure (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/wells_gry/wgmurtle_brochure.pdf)
- Trail Peak (http://www.trailpeak.com/trail-Murtle-Lake-near-Blue-River-BC-2512)

CLICK HERE (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dana-bee/collections/72157625008778414/) to see pictures from my trip last summer on Murtle Lake

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ITINERARY

Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 pm: Pre-trip meeting
meeting to discuss plans, gear and carpooling

Saturday, June 18 at 10:00 am: Gear Shakedown and Paddling Practice
Practice paddling on the glenmore reservoir. Bring the gear you plan to pack for a group gear check.

Saturday, July 2: ROAD TRIP TO BLUE RIVER
Leave Calgary at 8:00 and drive to Blue River
Camp at the Blue River Campground (http://www.bluerivercampground.ca/)

Sunday, July 3: PADDLE
Drive to the trailhead. Hike to lake and meet canoe rental for the 11:00 to noon pick up window.
Paddle to campsite 16, 17 or 18 on Northarm

Monday July 4: PADDLE
Explore the north arm in canoes
Paddle to campsite 20

Tuesday July 5: HIKE
Wavy Alpine hike (approx 20 km round trip, 1000 m elevation gain)
Continue to stay at campsite 20

Wednesday July 6: PADDLE
Paddle to campsite 5 (tropicana beach)

Thursday July 7: HIKE
Hike Central Mountain (approx 20 km round trip, 1000 m elevation gain)
Continue to stay at campsite 5

Friday July 8: PADDLE/HIKE
Paddle to the McDougall Falls trail head. Hike to the falls
Paddle to campsite 2

Saturday July 9: PADDLE
Paddle back to canoe lanch to drop off rental canoes for the 11:00 am - noon drop off window
Hike back to parking lot
Drive back to Blue River and stay at the campground again

Sunday July 10: ROAD TRIP TO CALGARY
Drive back to Calgary

PARK MAP:
The north and west arms are approximately 20 km long, and the lake averages three kilometres wide.

HIGHS:
- No portage necessary (our rental is dropped of at the lake)
- Camp on large sandy beaches
- Three days of paddling (from campsite to campsite)
- Three days of hiking (two alpine hikes and one shorter hike to falls)
- Lake is clear and good for swimming
- Excellent fishing (with a permit)
- Wildlife viewing
- Star gazing away from city lights on the beach
- Berry picking

LOWS
- Insects
- Road trip: 7+ hours each way
- No running water, showers or flush toilets
- Early mornings (early paddling start as winds increase in afternoon)