After the construction of the Holden dam in 1952 water levels were raised 22.9 meters flooding long sault rapids, mountain rapids,rapides des erables and la cave rapids. Forming la cave lake.
"We could shoot for just north of Temiscaming. That would run us about 170km" I wrote on our clubs email group. "We'll play it by ear" Charles replied. We departed for Mattawa the next day with the solid plan to turn left once we hit the put in. Truly my kind of trip planning.
Finding the launch site was more difficult than expected. We had started at the dam however the marked Portage road also had a “no authorised vehicle” sign. I called the workers inside and they didn’t have anyone handy to send out. I told the friendly lady we would check further up the road and come back if we didn’t find a public launch. After trying a few dirt roads that ended in rows of cottages and no access we finally went back to the Holden dam
Picking up the receiver a man said he would be right out. He came and told us we could just drive on up there and gave us Ontario dam safety and portage information. He followed us up and showed us the best place to park so we wouldn't get blocked in and wished us a good trip.
......We turned left.