Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Trip Back to Covered Portage from Killarney... the Scenic Route

First time heading into Georgian Bay, from Killarney
Day 8: Friday June 22, 2016

Left Killarney Mountain Lodge, entered Georgian Bay and headed East to Collins Inlet, then through to Mill Lake, then back through Collins Inlet, back through Georgian Bay, back through Killarney... to 3 miles away from where we started in Covered Portage Cove. Whew! 

Winds were building as we left Killarney, but we thought we would find plenty of protection in Mill Lake, since it appeared to be pretty tucked away inland.  It was a beautiful cruise through Collins Inlet, but we didn't find protection in Mill Lake.  It was VERY windy, and although we tried anchoring a couple different locations, we just weren't satisfied with the protection.  

We loved cruising through Collins Inlet. It was well worth the trip
Beautiful cruise through Collins Inlet
Mill Lake, Collins Inlet
Captain RJ woke up from his nap and decided he didn't like the looks of Mill Lake
We decided to head back out to Collins Inlet to see if we could find a place to tuck in.  We found a great location right near the entrance, but it seemed everyone else had the same idea and there wasn't much room available.  So we thought next we'd check out Thomas Bay... but with waves and wind building, we were a little hesitant to attempt the rocky entrance.  So... back to Covered Portage Cove we went!  We had experience with a strong west wind there, and knew the perfect location to tuck in for protection.  Now we just had to hope it would be open!

Luckily, our favorite protected spot was open!
Once in Covered Portage Cove's outer harbor, we were able to back into a spot close to the rocks that was totally blocked from the wind.  We'd been here before, so it's always comforting to know an area is safe and free of rocks.

So although we took a really long route to get there (but not more than a few hours), we were back anchored in one of our favorite spots!  Now all we had to do was relax and enjoy the rest of the day :-)  

Out on the stand up paddleboard


Catch of the day ;-) 
Captain RJ enjoying a swim
Lantern-side dinner for 2