March 9, 2015

Quad Ride at Chip North on Powell Lake

Logging areas are usually named after geographic locations. One major logging area on Powell Lake is in and around Chippewa Bay.

Access is available at three locations, the main Chippewa Bay dock, Chippewa (Chip) South on the lower west side of the lake, and Chip North up past First Narrows, also on the west side of the lake.

We used the barge to take our first quad ride at Chip North. Logging is done for now, so we didn't have to check in with Western Forest Products.

We went on a Sunday when access is open for recreational users. But it's always safer to check if you are in doubt.

Our original destination was Clover dock on Goat Island, but Road Cruise was tied up to the dock.

That meant road building was in progress, and where there's road building, there's often dynamite. Not a good combination with quads. Time for plan two.

Our second choice was Olsen's Landing, but as we started in that direction we saw Chip North right across the lake. We've wanted to give it a try, so decided this was a good time.

Even though logging ended several years ago, the barge ramp is in excellent condition. We pulled strait in and it was almost level to drive our quads off.

The dock, however, has a sunken spot. Since we were sure no one else would be using the ramp, we left our barge there. That way we didn't have to wade our way to shore.

The morning fog started dissipating, turning into a nice day for riding. 

Since we were the first through after winter storms, trees blocked the road. Fortunately, they were small enough to remove with our chainsaw.

We took the lower road to the right, thinking it would go over the ridge, but it ended abruptly.

We went back to the junction, but the steep sided road reminded me I'm not completely "cured" of my fear of heights.

I stayed behind while Wayne proceeded up the road to the left. He found a slash with glacial erratic boulders that seemed poised to roll down and crush a float cabin. Then he went over the crest.

After the slash grows and hides the steep drop-offs I'll see what's on the other side.

In the meantime, I enjoyed exploring on foot and capturing the scenery with my camera. -- Margy


  1. Magnificent scenery - you live in a beautiful part of the world.

    1. Thanks Mick, we really love it up here. We came as visitors and knew it was the place we wanted to live. - Margy

  2. Beautiful scenery! Great post!

  3. Great takes. You have three selective we can chose from. Never know which one to look at first. Beautiful scenery and lots of reading.

    1. Our lake has many moods and views, we never get tired of it. - Margy

  4. This is a gorgeous place !! I love these spectacular views !!

  5. So that's Powell lake. :)

    It was nice reading about your adventure. Lovely images here, Margy. :)

    1. Not to be confused with Lake Powell in the States. Ours is much cooler in the summer. - Margy

  6. an interesting trip. Think I would try it if I had the right equipment :)


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