Soooo, MNR does it again, more restrictions, denied access , and road closures. MNR are entrusted to protect Crown Land from the taxpayers of Northern Ontario. Tell us your story about road closures and restrictions being imposed on your family….
My family and I do lots of camping, hiking, hunting and fishing north of Capreol. We go to the area around Stewart Lake in Haentschel Twp. It is located approximately 65 km up the Portelance Road. I have been going up to this area since I was a young boy. I am now 53 years old. My father, grand father, and great-uncle were the ones who first brought me up to this area. Now I am bringing my family up to this area. My great-uncle Eddy Jalbert was a dozer operator for the M.J. Poupore Lumber Company. He was one of the men who opened up lots of the roads in this area.
There is a section of road in this area that was closed to motorized access approximately 2 years ago. It was just posted last Fall. The road name was changed to Gervais Lumber Road since Gervais Lumber made a new road that tied into the old road. Gervais Lumber is actually the old M.J.Poupore Lumber Company. It was bought out by the Gervais family. The section of the road that is closed runs from the crossing at the Sturgeon River right up to the crossing at Upper Stull Creek at Stull Lake. There is also a few side roads off of this road that are closed. One is called Regan Lake Road. This road was closed a few years prior to the main road being closed. There are a few smaller roads that are not named.
The lakes & rivers that are no longer accessible are Hamlow Lake, Regan Lake, Solace Lake, Little Scarecrow Lake, Woods Lake, Scarecrow Lake, Stull Lake, Canthook Lake, Upper Stull Creek, Stull Creek. These are the ones that I can think of; there are probably others.
We have a few friends who have camps along this section of road or just north of this area. They are only allowed access to their camps but can not drive up and down the road to fish or hunt. We can’t even visit them anymore. When ever we used to camp along this road we always made visits to our friends camps and to check on their camps when they were not around. They would also check on our trailer when we were not around. This part of the closure really upset us because it seems like we have lost our friends. Now the only time we see our friends is when they are going into or coming out of their camps; they will stop by our campsite for a coffee and to talk. Apparently there is a way we can apply to the MNR for a letter that will let us cross this road to visit our friends but this letter is only good for one trip. We can not hop onto our ATV like we used to and just run up to their camps to visit them.
We used to clean up garbage left by canoeists at some of the more remote sites. But now there is no one to clean up after these pigs so the campsites in this area are probably getting quite dirty now. It bothered us that we had to clean up after the pigs who left these sites dirty but we used to do it for free. Now the MNR & Ontario Parks can clean up their mess.
We plan on going up Pickeral fishing in the Sturgeon River on the last week in May. I will get photos of the signs and gate on the Sturgeon River bridge when I am up there. Let me know if you need more info regarding this section of road.