A baby means my trips are fewer and shorter this year, but I've managed to book an early August trip - which will be a full three months since my last one in early May. Crazy.
I have no faith Lavieille is going to be open by then, so I'm sticking with my Big Trout plan. Specifically in/out through Opeongo with a night on each of Merchant, Shippagew, and Big Trout. The online system wouldn't allow me to book that trip - apparently Big Trout isn't considered near enough to any access point to paddle out in a day - so I had to call in order to book this route. Jeff's Map estimates Big Trout to the Opeongo Access point at rougly 9 hours. The wind on Opeongo will be a big factor of course, so I might book a water taxi for the way out just to be safe, but I've traveled much farther than that in a day. On the other hand Opeongo is a long, monotonous paddle, exacerbated by watching motor boats whiz by.
Okay I've talked me into it. I'm calling Opeongo Outfitters now to see about booking a water taxi for the way out.