Nopoming Provincial Park - Cole Lake 2002


Trip Details
Attained Summit?: 
Trip Date: 
Tuesday, June 11, 2002 to Saturday, June 15, 2002
Trip Report

I've been to Cole Lake 3 times now and loved it each time. This year we were planning another Atikaki trip but once again the weather forced our hand and we ended up doing a relaxing week at Cole Lake.

Here is a picture of part of the lake from the cliffs on it's Eastern shore.

The main reason you come to Cole Lake is to relax and catch a lot of fish like this one. Here Dad hoists a good size Northern Pike.

To get to the lake you have to go over about 7 or 8 portages. Here Harry and Bill are contemplating what to take out of the boat next. Compare to the rest of us Harry and Bill are very organized!

Because they're so darn organized Harry and Bill are always out in the canoe catching fish while the rest of us are still figuring out which gear to carry when! This is the new Duralite canoe that they bought this year. Their Grummen was stolen last fall.

Notice that you can see right through the canoe? These are the Duralite canoes that Ryan, Dad, Steve and I rented. They are exactly the same as Harry and Bill's except theirs is painted (and 3lbs heavier for it!) They may look flimsy but they're surprisingly tough.

There is really only one nice campsite on Cole Lake - I've stayed at it every time. It's a small island that only just fits three tents.

When it rained we huddled under the tarp and convinced ourselves that is still beat the office!

Another tarp picture. We spent some time under that tarp!

On the night before we came in to the lake a severe storm blew through. We had to drive around (and over) fallen trees on the road. Even our little island didn't make it through unscathed.

We explored beyond the cliffs on the east side of the lake to try to find a cairn that Steve and I put up 5 years ago. It was still there and we made it higher. Here Steve, Dad, Ryan and I pose for a picture.

The weather did improve for a couple of days and we enjoyed some very nice sunsets.

Once we discovered where all the Walleye were hiding Steve and I moved in and cleaned house.

We also snagged some good sized Pike.

It always amazes me how much firewood there is on the island. We did go to another island for some of our wood but here Steve is cleaning up some deadfall behind our tent. Who knows? Maybe some year 4 tents will fit!

Canoeing is one of the best ways I know to get away from it all. It is a good workout but you can also just sit and soak up the sun's warm rays.

Here Dad and Steve are wrestling with a huge pike that won't let go of Dad's lure.

Even Harry can catch big fish on this lake! (Ouch! ;-))

Harry and Bill impressed us with their fish cleaning skills. The good news is that we used them regularly on this trip!

Ryan managed to dunk Dad really good when he was getting out of the canoe. Steve and I watched with great amusement - they're luck it was a warm and sunny day!

The fire was a good time to reflect on the great time we had again that day and how fortunate we were to be there.

All-in-all a great trip!

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