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I paddled it solo as part of a 2-month trip to the ocean. I use and paddle a decked canoe which is a hybrid canoe/sea kayak. Like ANY paddling you just have to be prepared for it. The lake on the south end is shallow thus gets very warm in the summer with 3-months of continuous sunshine. Basically bath water along shore. I paddled from Ft. Resolution to the west entrance to the Mackenzie River. Lots of beatiful camps, rocky beaches and tons of bleached driftwood which you have to be very very very careful if you have a camp fires......since the entire shore under the stones are centuries of buried wood.....probably 20 feet deep for hundred plus miles....thus if you build a fire...you could cause the wood below to catch fire and get out of hand. I had two friends in the 70's build a fire next thing you know the entire ground for hundreds of feet below the stones was burning and they spent nearly 8-hours trying to put it out...
I was windbound in Hay River for 2 days while a huge storm blew inwith 10+ ft sea and 60 mph winds. A good time to chill out and rest.
I think you are fine in a canoe, just stay close to shore and bail out if it gets bad.....no different than paddling anywhere and in any conditions apply.
I rigged a sail (first time I ever sailed in my like and covered about 50-miles one day without ever putting the paddle in the water.
You can resupply at Hay River, Ft. Resolution etc Laundry, internet, and otther services at Hay River too.
IF you have specific questions drop me an email via my email link.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
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