Sunday, September 19, 2010
Come learn about a unique trip in this amazing place with few rules and fewer people, not far from Duluth, MN
Atikaki Wilderness Provincial Park in eastern Manitoba is a refuge of wildness unparalleled by the Boundary Waters or Quetico. It is a place of few rules and fewer people. Fred Sproat recently lead a 23-day canoe trip through the park in search of whitewater fit for canoeists and soli- tude only dreamed about in the lower 48 states. The numerous creeks and handful of rivers running through Atikaki connect numerous lakes. The goal of the trip was to paddle the Pigeon River from its start on Family Lake down east to Lake Winnipeg. With rapids of every size and constantly changing riverbanks the Pigeon is an eclectic mix of the park’s other landscapes. Jack Pine dotted cliffs give way to tamarack sprouting swamps with groves of aspen and birch marking the transitions. The sea- soned canoeist will revel in the opportunities and experiences available within the park, while the less skilled paddler may be doomed to long ordeals and painful lessons.
Fred Sproat is the Outreach Coordinator for the University of Oregon’s Outdoor Program.