I have a distinct love affair for the remote. I prefer to hike back into a beaver flow to trolling a nearby lake. I prefer the sound of loons to the sound of humans and boats. The solitude of a remote pond or lake is what makes life worth the toil. Trekking by foot, canoe or mountain bike is the best way to access these treasures of the back country. I remember portaging a canoe back into a pond so remote that my buddy and I waited almost a year before we went back in to retrieve it!

In recent years such adventures have been made more difficult do to aging knees and intermittent health issues. As in all things we adapt and learn new limits as time passes. But we also learn to be smarter about our adventuring and allow for times inevitable creep. The greatest asset to this is the GPS and satellite imaging. Now I have written on this before back a few years ago. But it is due for an update.

The first element in finding success is locating a pond or lake that you wish to access. Start with a general area search via Google Earth and then zoom in to pinpoint the right waters to scout out. Write down the coordinates to the body of water or print out a picture and put it into a “Trekking Folder” to take on your adventures. I carry one in my backpack and have a pen with it for making notes on travel routes and directional changes when scouting a path into the water. When I get to where the real trekking across uncharted ground begins. I always enter that location as my first waypoint and mark it “vehicle” on my hand held GPS. I write down the start coordinate on the “map” image as well.

Now I prefer to access all hidden waters from a stream that either flows into or out of it. Giving me a solid geographical reference point. You don’t have to wade the brook to follow it but at times it may be easier than fighting through the low undergrowth. Hip boots or waders are essential items in the kit.

Map Or Imagery
1. small emergency first aid kit
2. Lunch: Ready to eat canned or pouched food….be careful when it comes to what you are toting that it can go unrefrigerated.
3. Potable water: Figure on 4 liters or one gallon
4. energy bars or trail mix
5. clean dry sox
6. space blanket
7. fire starting kit
8. Flashlight
Fishing Gear

Now that you have your pack and know how to find the place you now have to get dirty and make it happen. Do not be afraid to bring along marking ribbon on such trips. Use it to find your way in and out on that trip alone. Pull the ribbons as you leave and do not litter the land. If you leave the ribbons in place you are inviting lazier anglers to find your holes. Never make it easy for them to steal your spots or fish them out. I like a zero impact excursion even if I am coming back the next day. Often times people will have seen you entering or leaving a choice spot and will come back to investigate. If they can track they can find the spot without the ribbons. So you can’t stop them from doing it that way. Leaving the ribbons allows the slackers to just wander into your hard won holes with ease.