March 21, 2017

Powell Lake by Barge and Quad

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Wayne and I have lived in our float cabin on Powell Lake since 2001. In 2003, our good friend John introduced us to quad riding.

In the beginning, we followed John around as he introduced us to the many logging roads and trails in the Powell River region. At that time, we kept our quads on a trailer in a hangar at the airport, and drove to off-load locations.

In 2012, we tried keeping our quads a short boat ride away from our float cabin.

It made it easier to go riding, but we were limited in the roads and trails we could explore. Plus, they were exposed to the elements.

Thus began our quest for a landing craft to house and transport our quads to all of the roads and trails around Powell and Goat Lakes.

In 2014, we found a perfect 22' barge on Craigslist and quickly bought it sight unseen.

Now our quads can remain at our float cabin, ready in an instant for day trips and camping adventures.

Also, we can also maintain them better and protect them from the weather.

In Powell Lake by Barge and Quad, you can join us for quad adventures to destinations on Powell and Goat Lakes accessible only by boat. You will visit unique places where all-terrain vehicles can explore logging roads and trails in one of British Columbia’s most picturesque regions. 

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February 3, 2017

Winter Quad Ride on Chippewa Main

Map of our Chippewa Bay quad ride.
When you get a sunny day in winter, the outdoors calls, real loud.  Wayne went out to the barge where we keep our quads up at the float cabin in Hole in the Wall and got our bikes ready for a ride.

Chippewa Bay is good winter destination because it gets direct rays until the sun sets behind the Bunster Range at about 4:00.

Back home at Hole in the Wall direct sun ends at 12:30 this time of year. Winter sun and exercise are a welcome combination.

Offloading at the Chippewa Bay barge ramp.
Since it was a week day, we called Western Forest Products to make sure we wouldn't interfere with any logging activities. We've seen a boat at the dock lately, so we knew something might be in progress.

Western Forest Products can be reached at (604) 485-3100. If there isn't an answer, you can leave a message for a callback.

It takes about half an hour to get from the cabin to Chippewa Bay. 

The low lake level and calm day made for an easy barge ramp offload.

Rest break in the turnout next to a slash pile.

We started up Chippewa Main heading for the snow. The lower road was in good condition. Logging has been quiet here for several years, but that's about to change.

Powell Lake and the high country in the backgrount.

After following along Powell Lake for some distance, we turned uphill towards Heather Main. It didn't take long for us to see patches of snow, and suddenly the road was covered in a thick coat of the white stuff. Unlike some riders here in Powell River, we don't have tracks to turn our quads into snowmobiles.

We make it to the snow level.

After a break to enjoy sunshine and a winter wonderland, we headed back down to Chippewa Main. We turned northward and passed the brushing machine where it had to stop the job of clearing alders from the roadbed.

Ready to start back down after a fun day up in the snow.

We bumped into a Western Forest Products crew surveying for culverts that needed replacement. Some needed replacing so the brusher could finishing removing the alders, and the road would be ready for logging trucks in the near future. It's amazing how fast those prolific trees can take over a road in the bush.

We made it back to the barge ramp with enough sunlight left for our ride home, the end to a great day in the backcountry.

Once the snow recedes, you can reach Chippewa Main and Powell Lake via Southview Road north of Powell River. It takes two or more hours one way. -- Margy you are new to the area, you can connect with the Powell River ATV Club for further assistance.  Mario Gusola, President  (604) 485-2275.

November 13, 2016

Fall and Winter Rides to Khartoum Lake

Viewpoint looking over Lois Lake towards the high country.
Quad riding in the Powell River area isn't limited to summer. Every season has it's own pleasures.

Fall and winter bring storms, but in between you can find some glorious days for riding. Most of the roads at lower elevations remain open and easy to ride since they are used by the logging companies.

Check on Western Forest Products' hotline at (604) 485-3100 or online to see if there are any closures or hauling activity scheduled. Or, you can check their most recent Operational Map pdf.

The bridge before you reach the Khartoum Forest Campground.
If you drive south of Powell River to Dixon Road, you enter a world of lakes and forests. Here's a link to the Recreation Sites and Trails map from the BC Ministry of Forestry. But be careful, they show you going the wrong way at the one-way slit at the south end of Lois Lake.

During the week, this area is used by loggers. But after hours and on weekends, their extensive road system is available for use by the public with care.

Roadside parking.
On one winter trip, we saw a few trucks, jeeps, and handful of other quads, but most of the time we had the roads and trails all to ourselves.

Dixon Road quickly turns into a well used and often potholed dirt road. So, we quickly selected a turnout large enough for our truck and trailer.

Don't select one at a bend in the road. Logging trucks carry long loads that can swing really wide.

Good signage along the way.
We headed up Goat Lake Main and transitioned to the Stillwater Main heading towards Khartoum Lake.

The view up Lois Lake to the snowy peaks was unbelievable. We hadn't been this way in almost a year. At that time, the devastating winter storms had washed the bridge away.

It was thankfully been replaced and so we can return to this unique spot.

The calm waters of Khartoum Lake.
Khartoum Lake has a Forest Recreation Site with a primitive campground right on the lake's shore. We first came here by kayak via Lois Lake. We returned in 2006 to host a unique book launch party for Wayne's book Up the Main.

It is one of my favorite back country campgrounds in the Powell River area. The road can be tricky for a passenger car, but for a truck it is a fairly easy drive (except for maybe the steep entrance road in snowy or muddy conditions).

We feasted on sandwiches and pop while sitting on warm, sun-baked logs along the beach. A fellow adventurer brought an inflatable boat in his jeep for a quiet row on the lake.

View from a lakeside campsite.

Do you like history? Here's a post from called Khartoum Lake - Abandon Camp. It's a great site with stories and pictures about the history and historical artifacts of the Powell River region.

Want to read more about quad riding in the Powell River region? Try Wayne's Coastal BC Stories that focus ATV adventures:

All books are available in e-book and print formats at most online book sellers. Books are also available in Powell River at Coles Bookstore in the Towne Centre Mall.

If you ever have a question, don't hesitate to leave a comment or use the email link in our profile. -- Margy

October 29, 2016

The Blue Trail in Powell River's Backyard

Parking and unloading near Edgehill School.
Fall brings unchangeable weather. That makes it a good time to explore some of the roads and trails closer to Powell River.

Wayne and I treated ourselves to a short quad ride near town. That's easy here in Powell River with trails right outside our back door.

We parked our truck and quad trailer near Edgehill School at the head of Abbotsford Street to access the Edgehill Trail system.

From here, the trails wind and interconnect with other trails in the area.

The Edgehill Trail just beyond the parking area.

And they pass through large stands of trees as beautiful as any in the area. 

The Washout Trail connection via the Edgehill Trail system.
The parking area near Edgehill School is a handy launching point that can be used to reach any area east and south of town.

The forecast was for a sunny day, but there were patches of fog and cool temperatures along the way. That made the views a bit eerie at times.

We rode through the Edgehill system to get to the Washout Trail, our starting point for the main portion of our ride.

After a wet and foggy spot on the Washout Trail.
The Washout Trail was dotted with big puddles along the way.

In places, the Powell River ATV Club's trail building group has created bypasses onto drier soil to prevent damage to the area.

In 2012, with a combination of volunteer workers, donated supplies and a $3000 grant from ATV/BC, two replacement bridges were built to protect fish-bearing streams.

Well marked junction of the Washout and Blue Trails.
At the well marked junction we turned up the Blue Trail.

This trail has also been the location of extensive work by the local ATV trail building group.

The Blue Trail is a multi-use trail for hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and, of course, ATV riders. It's also an interpretive trail used to teach the youth of Powell River about their forest environment.

Along the way we saw some unique frost called Santa's Beard. Click here to check it out.

A bridge to protect a small fish-bearing stream.

You can follow this link to an article ATV/BC for more information about the bridge building project. Through the efforts of the Powell River ATV Club, and all the trail builders, everyone has better access to our backcountry with its unparalleled exploring.

Helpful Trail Links:

Powell River Trails Map (pdf)
Duck Lake Trail Map (pdf)
The Washout Trail
Powell River Recreation Trails you want to explore the great outdoors in Powell River? Would you like to read books full of stories and maps about our backcountry?

Check out Wayne's Coastal BC Stories series including Up the Main, Farther Up the Main, Up the Winter Trail, Beyond the Main, and soon to be released Powell Lake by Barge and Quad.

All titles can be found at most online booksellers in print and e-book formats. Books are also available in Powell River at Coles bookstore. -- Margy