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The APSLEY VOICE
Kawartha Highlands Signature Site — The Kawartha Highlands Signature Site (KHSS) is currently a development in progress, and has limited functionality, however there are 17 user-maintained sites on Bottle and Sucker Lakes, which can be accessed by Bottle Creek from Catchacoma Lake. Visitors can presently use the site for activities such as canoeing and fishing. A management plan will be developed over the next few years that will identify the facilities that should be made available to allow public enjoyment of this semi-wilderness area. All visitors are encouraged to help protect the natural environment, please leave the park cleaner then when you arrived. The KHSS is located just north of Burleigh Falls, west of Apsley, accessible by Hwy 28.
Anstruther/Long Lake — For many years, Anstruther Lake has been known as one of the best lakes in the area to begin your outdoor adventure experience. Your journey begins anywhere on Anstruther Lake. From there you travel to the south portion of the lake, across two short portages from Anstruther to Gold Lake then to Cold Lake. The route continues from Cold Lake to Cox Lake; the portages are well used until the Cold Lake to Cox Lake 3,085ft portage, which is a bit harder to find. Next you follow a small stream that leads to Loucks Lake. From there it is only a short distance to your destination: Long Lake. This trip can be accomplished in a day, or you can choose to stop along the way and make a trip out of it. Campsites can be found scattered across the route; the most scenic found on Cold Lake.
Eels Creek Canoe Route — This route has two different starting points: the shorter trip starting just off Hwy 28 north of Woodview (where the highway crosses the creek), and the second begins on Julian Lake Road at the Big Cedar Lake access point. This route is 8-10km and can be accomplished in a day, or turned into a multi-day camping trip with numerous campsites scattered along the way. The most prominent feature of this route is the magnificent High Falls. There are several small portages, and the route ends down Northeys Bay Road where the creek passes under the road before entering Stoney Lake.
Gut Conservation Area — Travel 13 km down Hwy 504 turning down Lasswade Road; signs will take you the rest of the way. The road leading to the Gut is usually rough and sometimes washed out so drive cautiously. The Crowe Valley Conservation Authority purchased this 162-hectare area in 1976 in order to preserve the natural significance of the area. The Gut derived its name from the 30 meter high by 10-meter wide and 230-meter long gorge that the Crowe River runs through. It is a short walk to the gorge there are other short trails that can be explored from there making for a light but rewarding hike.
Petroglyph Provincial Park — In 1924 Charles Kingam discovered one of the largest native petroglyph sites in North America. These rock carvings are believed to have been created by the native Algonkian people around 900-1400 AD. In 1976 the Ontario Government opened the Petroglyph Provincial Park. In the evenings in July and August the park runs informative programs. This park is surrounded by forests which can be explored on one of the many hiking trails. For more information on the park call (705) 877 2552.
Canadian Canoe Museum’s Request For Five Dead Porcupines
by Janice Griffith
The Canadian Canoe Museum is in need of porcupine quills for our Artisan program. We are fortunate in having Monica Majeki, an Ojibway woman, on staff this summer and who would like to demonstrate and teach quill work but we have no quills.
Monica tells me she can use up to five porcupines, and they need to be fairly freshly dead. If you have access to one, please put it in a plastic bag (garbage bag would do nicely) and either get it to her at the Canoe Museum, or if you are in North Kawartha, let me know and I will get it from you and down to her. If you can't get it to us right away, Monica suggests putting it in the freezer to keep it fresh.
Road kill? Nuisance porcupines? We have a use for their remains.
Please call either Monica or myself (Janice Griffith) at the Canadian Canoe Museum:
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Other Pages in The Apsley Voice for August 2004 ...Page 1: Natural Recreation in North Kawartha + Porcupine Cadaver Request