Monday, March 09, 2015

Quad Ride at Chip North on Powell Lake

Logging areas are usually named after geographic locations. One major logging area on Powell Lake is in and around Chippewa Bay.

Access is available at three locations, the main Chippewa Bay dock, Chippewa (Chip) South on the lower west side of the lake, and Chip North up past First Narrows, also on the west side of the lake.

We used the barge to take our first quad ride at Chip North. Logging is done for now, so we didn't have to check in with Western Forest Products.

We went on a Sunday when access is open for recreational users. But it's always safer to check if you are in doubt.

Our original destination was Clover dock on Goat Island, but Road Cruise was tied up to the dock.

That meant road building was in progress, and where there's road building, there's often dynamite.

Our second choice was Olsen's Landing, but as we started in that direction we saw Chip North right across the lake. 

Even though logging ended several years ago, the barge ramp is in excellent condition. 

The dock, however, has a sunken spot. Since we were sure no one else would be using the ramp, we left our barge there. That way we didn't have to wade our way to shore.

The morning fog started dissipating, turning into a nice day for riding. 

Since we were the first through after winter storms, trees blocked the road. Fortunately, they were small enough to remove with our chainsaw.

We took the lower road to the right, thinking it would go over the ridge, but it ended abruptly.

We went back to the junction, but the steep sided road reminded me I'm not completely "cured" of my fear of heights.

I stayed behind while Wayne proceeded up the road to the left. He found a slash with glacial erratic boulders that seemed poised to roll down and crush a float cabin. Then he went over the crestl.

After the slash grows and hides the steep drop-offs I'll see what's on the other side.

In the meantime, I enjoyed exploring on foot and capturing the scenery with my camera. -- Margy


  1. What fabulous views, though I tend to agree with you about the steep drop-offs,

  2. It looks beautiful there. I don't like heights either.

  3. Looks very nice around those parts.

  4. It must be exciting to explore these kind of pristine spots!

  5. This is not a usual trip when you need a chainsaw to continue the journey. Sounds like you had a lot of fun and a capable person with you! About your earlier question about trains in my neck of the woods. Boxcars still go by brimming with coal that they are trying to cover up to minimize dust.

    1. Winter brings quite a few blow downs. It's best to take a saw along just in case. Thanks for the train update. - Margy

  6. That looks like a beautiful area.

  7. amazing scenery. What a wonderful corner of the world you live in. Have a great week and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

  8. I loved it when we rode our ATVs...such fun. What a nice adventure!...:)JP

  9. Wow! Such beautiful scenery! I share you dislike of heights as well! Looks like a wonderful day spent!

  10. What stunning photographs! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  11. Thanks everyone for stopping by and commenting on My World post. We don't get many good rides in the winter, but this was a perfect day. - Margy