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  Pukaskwa
  Posted by: razor on Dec-23-11 9:57 AM (EST)
 

We did the entire coastline (around 110 total nm) a couple of years ago and made the trip in August. The winds were brutal and constant the entire trip. Also very cold. Make sure to pack warm clothing and good rain gear.

I would say following seas of up to 6 feet is a little much. With 14 days alloted for your trip, you can sit it out if need be. 4 ft waves are actually fairly large for most paddlers and that's what you would encounter most of the time out there. Problem with that coastline of Superior is there are tons of nooks and crannies and small bays that are fairly wide across. When we paddled there, the wind was actually out of the southeast most of the time at approx 16-20knts consistent. So it made everyone of the those small crossings a huge chore once you pealed out from the protection of the shoreline and made you way across.

But I'd have to admit, the first day we set out from Hattie Cove was ridiculous. Seas were around 7 ft and wind gusts of 30+. We barely made it down the shore 1 mile and ended up surfing back for another round the following morning. But again, with your 2 week trip, you should have enough wind/weather days to chill at camp.

Pukaskwa is one of the most remote areas up there so definitely think self supported and don't rely on anyone to bail you out. We didn't carry bear containers...too bulky. We hung our food away from camp and didn't have a problem. And yes, there were bear around almost daily.

All in all, one of my favorite areas of Superior for sure. David up at Naturally Superior adventures runs a top notch operation and will take care of you and the shuttle. Plus he has a little slice of heaven at his base of operation at the mouth of the Michipicoten.

I think Pukaskwa gives you a little taste of most shorelines on L Superior, from the beautiful sandy beaches, towering cliffs, glaciated rock formations...you name it.

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