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22 Jun, 17

Eaton School SWAT Trip 2017

With a good weather forecast, a crew of 10 excited, and perhaps a bit tired souls, headed out on our 2017 adventure at 5:30 am. Destination… Missinipe and the expanse of Otter Lake. We hit the water at 3:30 and under perfect paddling conditions and made it to our home away from home, Utie Island, with stops along the way at Taylor Island and Paul Island.  We set up camp, ate a late supper and were in our tents early in preparation for the next day.

We were up and at it early with a day trip to Robertson Falls and a hike to Twin Falls planned.  Mother Nature was on our side and the water was like glass for the trip.  Water levels were high, so the water roared over the falls, always a spectacular sight.  Our hike to Twin Falls was a bit tougher as trees had fallen over the trail, making for some interesting obstacles and giving us a few scrapes and cuts.  Back to Utie by midafternoon, lunch and leisurely activities for the evening.

Day 3 brought a repeat of the perfect weather, so off we went on another day trip up Rattler Creek to view cliff paintings.  Here was an opportunity to see the effects and regrowth of a forest fire as the north side of the creek had been burned by forest fire approximately 10 years ago. Since Utie Island had been burned 2 years ago, this posed an interesting comparison of the old forest on the south and the new forest on the north and the most recent regrowth of Utie Island.  A round trip of about 4 hours brought us back to Utie where we relaxed, fished and enjoyed nature at its finest!

We awoke to light rain on Day 4 and we packed up and started our exit off the lake.  Mother Nature must not have wanted us to leave as about halfway through the trip she brought on wind and driving rain, making paddling to our next campsite difficult.  The difficult journey and wet gear made the first couple of hours at camp slightly uncomfortable, however, once the rain stopped it gave us an opportunity to dry out our gear.

Mother Nature smiled on us once again the last morning and the calm water returned once again.  With the sun shining brightly and not a breath of wind, our motley crew headed for home.

Pictures and a map of the route taken can be viewed at:


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