Pog Adventures

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Pogamasing Adventures: Over the years Mandy and I have spent many days wandering or paddling the Pog area. We continue to find new places worthy of visiting and I thought we should share them with others. The activities have been organized from easiest to more challenging such that you can take young children, either in a boat or canoe and then add some hiking on portages as well. See sites and historical places on this map: Pog Adventure Map. Most places are accessible by canoe or boat and where trails are located you can either follow a path or bushwhack your way along the intended trail to the destination. To get a good perspective of topographic features see:  Forest Fire map of Ontario. Zoom in on Pog to see the topo features.

Lost Channel contains glacial spills, lagoons and steep rock faces

  • Head to the south-east corner of the large bay and look for the lagoon back of beaver lodge – get out of your boat and walk around so see beaver cuts in poplars and gardens on fallen trees. Back in your boat, follow southern shoreline from the beaver lodge and look for several rock spills created by the glaciers along the shoreline.
  • Heading south, head to the large rock face along the western shoreline and look for small flowers, spiders on the two rock faces – Mandy calls it the “pink elephant.”
  • Go to the south-west end of Lost Channel where both a small lagoon is found on the right and a large swamp on the left. At the swamp, get out of your boat and look for a trail up to the top of the ridge, then look for a trail on the left Michael has started. Look closely and you should find an old telephone pole and wire from the time when the Big House was connected to the office at Wye and the dam on Sinaminda. This same telephone line can be seen on the right side of the bay heading to the Kennedy portage, just past McLeod’s Creek off Half-Way Bay (named because it was half-way between Wye and the Sinaminda dam). The hill above is the highest in the south end and we’ve climbed it as well. (more suitable for older kids – gives a great view of the lake)

Minnow Lake

  • A path about 100 metres north of Big Narrows, west side
  • Easy walk on the path to see the turquoise-coloured lake

Cranberry Bog – best done in the fall around Thanksgiving

  • The bog is found behind the Native cemetery. Being a bog, you will need rubber boots. The best place to access the bog is from the bay before the narrows going into the dam. Land on the beach and head S-W. There is no defined trail but look for four large red pines and you can’t miss it. In the late fall, the tamaracks turn yellow and with all the pines still green it is a beautiful site. Look for cranberries nestled in the moss along the shoreline.

The trail from the dam to the Spanish River along Pog Creek

  • The trail follows the old log drive waterway connecting Pog to the Spanish River (see video https://andythomsonbooks.ca/videos/). There was a rolling dam (see p.109 in Pogamasing) near the campsite – look for a ring in hammered into the rock. On the final drop, you can see a few logs left from the floom that can be seen on p. 130.
  • If you are really adventurous you can climb the hill to look for a memorial plaque placed there to honour a former leader of the Sarnia Scout Troop.  The troop camp at this campsite on their annual canoe trip down the Spanish River.

Diving Rock at the north end and Picnic Island

  • For adventurous jumpers or divers. Look for high rocks on the western shore. If you bring a lunch head to the west side of Picnic Island in Bate’s Bowl.

Old Growth Pines on Telephone Lake

  • The trail begins near an abandoned cedar strip boat. The trail needs to be under-brushed but can be followed if you look for the tamped path and trail signs such as broken branches. Once you arrive at the lake bush-wack your way along the western shore until you begin to see these beautiful trees.
  • The large white pines are spaced apart located along the western shore, from 40-80 metres from the shore. The largest one and furthest along was around 50 inches in diameter but fell in the winter of 2004. Many older trees that were alive when the forest fire came through the area before 1900 were burned at the base and the cambium layer and bark never grew. Consequently, a ‘cathedral’ becomes formed although it looked more like a teepee, and left the tree with a weakened trunk and vulnerable to strong winds. This magnificent tree was blown over by what I call ‘weak shin disease.’

 

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