Paddling the Mississippi 06.12.13

 June 12, 2013 Kashwakamak Dam to Ardoch & River Rd E. of Mud Lake (Day 7, 4 hrs)

  • Aerial Map Kashwakamak Lake to Ardoch
  • Turtle at Log Jam Rapids_
  • Log Jam Rapids entrance_
  • Forest Farm Lake Dam to Ardoch_
  • River approach to Mud Lake_
Aerial Map Kashwakamak Lake to Ardoch1 Turtle at Log Jam Rapids_2 Log Jam Rapids entrance_3 Forest Farm Lake Dam to Ardoch_4 River approach to Mud Lake_5
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Alex Broadbent (MVCA) had walked P.5. to P.6. and it was readily passable so, instead of my getting a ride all the way to “Kash” Dam, I put in at Ardoch and reversed course to restart at Log Jam Rapids. This is where I picked up the thread of my journey and turned back east.

I walked through Log Jam Rapids (P.6: 500m South side and found waiting for me a beautiful huge old turtle. The entrance was easy but the downstream exit (my entrance) was very steep and demanding.

Farm Lake was calm and lovely with more lovely tranquil beauty The entrance to the next portage at Farm Lake Dam (P.7: 125m South side) is an easy put in but with a steep Rugged scrambling put In downstream. It posed a difficult descent and I had to carry and winch my kayak over ridges of sharp rock.

Then it was through a beautiful heavily virgin tree and rock-lined section back to the bridge at Ardoch Rd., and down to the boat launch at River Road at the east end of Mud Lake.

Good camping possibilities are available all along this stretch.

Kashwakamak Dam to Ardoch Lake Route

 

Read all Bob Kelly’s posts from his  paddle of the Mississippi River Canoe Route in the spring of 2013.