A Little North of Ohio, Part 2 of 3, Paddling in Algonquin

During a recent visit to Algonquin Provincial Park our time was spent equally between paddling and hiking. While the hiking is fantastic, the real reason one goes to the park is to paddle. If you love canoeing, and Algonquin is within reach, by all means put it on your list. With a land area greater than the state of Rhode Island, and countless lakes big and small, you could spent a lifetime exploring and getting to know this park by canoe.

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Should you be curious about what it’s like, below are a few photos of a very small slice of the park. Hopefully the shots will go a little way towards satisfying your curiosity and perhaps wetting your appetite.

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Narrows between Pog Lake and Whitefish Lake, (Emily)

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Rock Lake, (Emily)

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Sometimes it’s like paddling through a flower bed.

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Yellow Pond Lily, (Donna)

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Water Lily

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Another view of a Yellow Pond Lilly

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Taking a break during a portage.

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Relaxing below the dam along the river that connects Pog with Whitefish Lake, (Donna).

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Couldn’t help but wondering what fish were in the lake so I got out my pole. All were released after my curiosity was satisfied.

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Rock Bass, Pog Lake, (Donna)

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Smallmouth, Pog Lake

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In the shallows at waters edge there were some unusual plants to be seen, Sundew and Pitcher Plants.

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Sundew, death to any small insect that gets too close.

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Picture Plant Flower, (front view)

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Picture Plant Flower, (rear view)

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Picture Plant leaves are located about a foot below the flower, death to any insect that falls in.

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We can’t forget the birds. Warblers and such were not very cooperative, at least while we were in the canoes.

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A Great Blue Heron along the shore one of only a few seen. Not as common as they are around Columbus.

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A Heron Gull enjoying lunch. The fish not so much.

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Do you mind, I’m trying to eat!

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A Loon surfaces next to the canoe, (Donna)

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Loon on nest, we were careful not to get too close. This shot was taken from about 75 yards.

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A second look.

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A female Black Duck with the kids.

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and as we paddled on   .   .   .

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Costello Creek

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Rock Lake

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other living things were seen.

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Painted Turtle

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Our last paddle was on a day when one feel’s as though they could paddle forever.

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Costello Creek

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Thanks for stopping by.

12 Comments on “A Little North of Ohio, Part 2 of 3, Paddling in Algonquin

  1. Passed through the Algonquin a few autumns back, too quickly and did not do it justice. Your canoe trip is the right pace, and the photos are wonderful. Thanks for sharing the beauty and wonders.

    • The Lady Slippers will be in the next post. Seen during a few of our hikes. As you probably are aware the Sundew is very small and easy to miss.

  2. It certainly seems like a paradise. Are you bothered by biting insects when you are on the water? They always seem to intrude on beautiful views.

    • No biting insects while on the water but as you might expect this time of the year they did make an appearance around our campsite and while hiking. With repellant and screened enclosures they were manageable and never spoiled our time.

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