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Has anyone ever got a kayak or canoe into Sargent Lake?

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:19 pm
by kypaulfg
Looking for the easiest way to get a kayak to Sargent Lake to do some fishing. Any suggestions or recommendations?


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Re: Has anyone ever got a kayak or canoe into Sargent Lake?

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:18 pm
by Ingo
I remember a story or two about folks taking pack rafts in. I can only imagine a kayak would be pretty tough. You may find some helpful info by searching old threads.

Re: Has anyone ever got a kayak or canoe into Sargent Lake?

Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:45 pm
by Midwest Ed
I know johnhens and porter have both visited Sargent Lake and have written about it here. John caught some Northern there. Getting a paddle craft in and out is of course the question. Reading their accounts may give you some enlightenment.

Has anyone ever got a kayak or canoe into Sargent Lake?

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:31 am
by Tightlines01
While I haven’t rewatched in a while, im 99% sure that George Desort did for 50 lakes one Island documentary... not saying it would be easy but almost anything CAN be done with enough motivation.


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Re: Has anyone ever got a kayak or canoe into Sargent Lake?

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:27 pm
by Midwest Ed
Tightlines01 wrote:
Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:31 am
While I haven’t rewatched in a while, I'm 99% sure that George Desort did for 50 lakes one Island documentary...
While George used his kayak extensively, I think it was mainly to transport all his gear to base camps. I could be wrong but I don't think he took his kayak to most inland lakes, especially the hard to reach ones. His Fifty Lakes One Island website is still up. I just went through it again. He makes you do a little work to view the preview videos for each lake visit but here's the list in order from his map. It is a bit difficult to judge the accuracy of the mapping of the paths he took. Some look realistic while others, maybe not so much. He makes no claims one way or the other. His apparent entry to Sargent Lake seems to be a bit east of other paths described. BTW, I could only see 48 lake stops but I do not bring that up as any sort of detraction from his efforts.

Lake Visits
1 - Forbes
2 - Benson
3 - Angleworm
4 - Wagejo
5 - Ojibway
6 - Sargeant
7 - Shesheeb
8 - Linklater
9 - Sumner
10 - Newt
11 - Hidden
12 - Wallace
13 - Moose
14 - Desor
16 - Hatchet
17 - Harvey
18 - Grass
19 - Otter
20 - Beaver
21 - McDonald
22 - Ritchie
23 - LeSage
24 - Livermore
25 - Chickenbone
26 - Amygdaloid
27 - Eva
28 - Web
29 - Beverly
30 - Ahmik
31 - Patterson
32 - Halloran
33 - Stickleback
34 - Francis
35 - Crescent
36 - Mud
37 - Intermediate
38 - Wood
39 - Siskiwit
40 - Dustin
41 - Whittlesey
42 - George
43 - Scholts
44 - Big George
45 - Mason
46 - Theresa
47 - Epidote
48 - John

Base Camps
Base Camp 1 Daisy Farm
Base Camp 2 Merritt Lane
Base Camp 3 Duncan Bay
Base Camp 4 Todd Harbor
Base camp 5 Lake Desor
Base Camp 6 Todd Harbor
Base Camp 7 McCargoe Cove
Base Camp 8 Lake Richie
Base Camp 9 (Untitled - appears to be close to Pickerel Cove Portage)
Base Camp 10 (Untitled - appears to be Lane Cove)
Base Camp 11 Washington Harbor
Base Camp 12 Malone Bay
Base Camp 13 Wood Lake
Base Camp 14 Paddling Chippewa Harbor Moon

Re: Has anyone ever got a kayak or canoe into Sargent Lake?

Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:38 pm
by Base654
I ran into a guy about 10 years ago when I was staying at McCargoe who had been fishing at Sargent. He said there was a fairly well traveled trail which very much paralleled the stream feeding into McCargoe cove. The trail was bushwhacked by a fishing guide who took people back there. I wasn't fishing or canoeing at the time so I didn't ask anymore questions.

Re: Has anyone ever got a kayak or canoe into Sargent Lake?

Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:18 pm
by johnhens
Have a friend who portaged a canoe into Sargent from McCargoe.