Okay that title sounds very clickbaity. I'd feel bad about that if anyone was reading my site, but since this is more or less a personal blog as far as I can tell, I don't care! The full title seemed long and unwieldy, which is "I just discovered that I've never camped on one of the most beautiful lakes in Algonquin, Lavieille". Not exactly a succinct soundbite.
I have been to Lavieille - once - on one of the very few non-solo trip I've done in the park. I was also in a canoe, which has happened on exactly three trips in all my time in Algonquin. I thought I'd camped on Lavieille, but we were on this site:
... which, thanks to the folks on the Algonquin Adventures Forum , I've just learned is actually considered part of Crow Bay, Jeff's Map actually points this out where it mentions "The nine campsites on Crow Bay", but reading isn't my strong suit. So the pin I have in Lavieille on my wall map has been moved to Crow Bay, and now I get to plan a trip to Lavieille!
Actually there's not much to plan. I've been through Proulx and Big Crow a dozen times and don't particularly want to revisit them for a while, so I'm going to go in and out through the east arm and the 5.5km portage. Dickson has been closed the entire camping year due to blue-green algae issues, so the plan is two nights on Lavieille, one night on Animoosh (which I've never been to, let alone camped on).
Most likely the water taxi will be involved in one or both directions because paddling Opeongo is just a slog. If Opeongo was an interior lake it would be the most sought-after destination in the park - it's big, and it's beautiful. But it's on Highway 60 and motorboats are allowed on it, so paddling it feels like walking a road while cars are whizzing by.