A Fly-In Canoe Trip to Royd Lake in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park

September 21st, 2002
Martin Kehoe

Part 1

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"dumb luck had put them over the lake trout"
A fly-in trip to Royd Lake
September in Woodland Caribou Park
Morning mist moving across the water
The sun breaking out
Bull moose following a cow
On Sept. 21, 2002 Don Holte and I arose at 4:00 A.M. and headed to Red Lake, Ont. from his home in Baudette, MN. After a five and a half hour drive we arrived at the Green Airways base on Howey Bay in Red Lake. Bruce and Ron, the other half of this adventure had driven to Vermilion Bay from Rockford IL the day before and finished the drive this morning. They had arrived before us and were getting our permits for our stay in Woodland Caribou PP written up. We were using Green Airways and that allowed us to get a voucher envelope from them and only have to pay $8 Can. per night per person instead of the usual non-resident fee of $12. After putting our money in the envelope they took it down the street to the kiosk behind the MNR building. The kiosk is there so that you can self register if you arrive when the office is closed. This discount applies for using shuttles or an outfitter also.

We had arrived an hour early and enjoyed being able to talk to the folks at Green Airways. There were many choices when it came to picking an Airway to use. I picked Green Airways because of a good price and because they required no deposit. They asked that if we were not going to make it to please let them know so they did not have a pilot standing by with no customers. Not having to make a deposit was attractive because with four men and all that could happen to prevent the trip from working out.

The Otter airplane and its pilot, Norm, came back on schedule and we were being loaded as the plane was checked over. Norm tied the canoes to the plane above the floats and our gear was put in the rear and then bound with netting for the flight. The light weight Kevlar canoe that Ron has withstood the tight lashing to the plane. You could hear some flexing as the ropes were pulled tight but as Norm mentioned, the plane is more important. We were given a safety talk and then the doors were closed and we taxied out into the lake. The plane had been retrofitted with a new radial 1000 hp engine and before Norm started using some of that power we put on earmuffs for hearing protection. As he pushed the throttle all communication had to be by hand signals.

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The sun breaking out
Moose on the east arm of Murdock
"there was a bear across Royd creek"
Trapper cabin on Royd lake
Rock walls along the chain of narrow lakes
A bear along Royd creek
Small lake on the way to Murdock

Copyright 2002 by Martin Kehoe- http://www.canoestories.com/royd1c.htm