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sunday June 30, 2013
Baskatong Reservoir My first great expedition of the year and not just anywhere, on the big Baskatong Reservoir. Located north of Mont-Laurier, straddling the northern boundary of the Outaouais and Laurentians regions, this huge lake of 413 km2 has 2800 km of shoreline usually sandy.
Cabin Despite the fact that to reach our lodge we had passed through the La Verendrye park and then travel 60 km forest road, the forest, contrary to what can be found at the same latitude to the east, is mixed, maples, oak, birch, red, white and jack pines with some spruce, form the forest cover.
Our outfitter, Auberge de la Gatineau was offering all the services and comforts with propane and solar panels, not to mention the friendly welcome and enchanting surroundings.
For plants, many native species were in bloom, like the Sheep Laurel, the Pink corydalis, the Common Labrador tea and the Bunchberry.
Sheep Laurel Pink corydalisCommon Labrador teaBunchberry
During boat rides we navigate thru a few rivers that flow into the reservoir, we have spotted three other native species,the Harlequin blue flag, the Pink lady's-slipper at the end of blomming period and the Twinflower.
Harlequin blue flag Pink lady Twinflower
Curiously, despite the remoteness of the place and the distance from any agglomaration, we could find along the roads and on some beaches, some introduced plants in large numbers, the Orange Hawkweed, the Meadow hawkweed, and new for me, the Deptford pink.
Orange Hawkweed Meadow hawkweed Deptford pink
Although located in a public forest, Baskatong Reservoir is governed under an AFC (Communal wildlife area) allowing management of sport fishing in the principle of user pays, thanks to that fish populations are controlled, sometimes through fish stocking and resources are protected.
There are only four A.F.C. Quebec, in addition to the Baskatong Reservoir there is one for the St. Jean lake, one for the St-Pierre lake and one for the Gouin Reservoir.
Lake Mekinac In my opinion many other bodies of water in Quebec should benefit from such an initiative, for example, to name two that I know, the beautiful lake Mekinac in Mauricie resembling a fjord with its mountainous steep banks, or the Quinzes reservoir in Témincamingue, hunting and fishing paradise almost unknown from Quebecois but very appreciate by Americans.
Tourist is a good thing, but we can share our natural treasures without selling at a discount price without any control.
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