This route is classified as a loop, but the end points are about 20-30 minutes drive apart.
After phoning a few lodges/camps around Gowganda for a shuttle, Jack, at Sportsmen's Camp
on Firth Lake west of Gowganda, agreed to help us out.
We had discussed whether to do the loop clockwise from Wapus Creek and pull out at Edith Lake, or counterclockwise using the same locations. It was decided to do it clockwise due to the lack of portages going upstream between Rankin Lake and Pennassi Lake, whereas there were portages going upstream from Matachewan to Obushkong Lake.
As it turned out, it was the correct decision.Thursday, Aug. 15
- We arrived at Sportsmens Camp late afternoon after an 8 1/2 hour drive. Sportsmens Camp has basic accommodations geared towards fishermen.