|Plan||Paddle my pakayak around René-levasseur island.|
|Where||René-Levasseur Island is in the middle of Manicouagan Reservoir, which feeds huge hydroelectric dams on the Manicouagan river.|
|Expected Duration||Seven days|
|Why||The circular trajectory of this trip appeals to me in a strange way. I want to paddle the "eye" of Quebec. It's a wild, remote and beautiful place and I'm so excited that I'll get to see it!|
|Detailed Plan||● Drive to Relais Gabriel, North of Baie-Comeau. From Montreal this is 12 hour drive.
● Pay to park the car somewhere safe
● Cross Manicouagan reservoir to reach René-Levasseur Island
● Paddle around René-Levasseur Island
● Cross Manicouagan reservoir back to relais gabriel
● Before driving back, enjoy a hike in the famous Monts Groulx
|Useful trip information I gathered||● Actual land can differ from what is found on topographic maps of the region since the water level in the reservoir varies. When the level is low, there will be more islands in the reservoir. Hydro-Quebec have announced in October 2016 their intention of significantly rising the water level in the reservoir. This will make my trip different from previous trip reporting finding more islands than those on the topographic maps of the regiion.
● It's best to pay to leave the car in a safe place in the area.
|Main anticipated difficulties||● Crossing the reservoir to the island. The lake is large and waves can get quite big when the weather is bad.
● Enough mosquitoes and flies to drive me insane
● Black bears looking for food
|Useful links||● René-Levasseur Island Wikipedia page
● 2006 Trip Report
● Same 2006 Trip Report, pdf format