13-Nov-2016 -- It was a beautiful November day and surprisingly warm for this time of year. The three of us loaded up the canoe on our Ranger and headed out. This lake was easily accessible by road. We drove south from Red Lake, Ontario, to Ear Falls, where we turned onto Goldpines Road, then Wenasaga Road for a short time, then South Bay Road after that. This road used to go to South Bay Mine, a base metals mine that produced until the early 1980's. There are lodges and camps on this road now.
We parked beside a bridge. There was a handy boat launch to put in our canoe. Snakeweed Lake is small, so it is a relaxing paddle close to shore. Conditions were calm and we paddled for about half an hour to the confluence point. The shoreline is scenic and rocky. There are signs of fishing and camping in the area.
The confluence point is in the middle of Snakeweed Lake, near a marker warning of a rock pile close to surface. Snakeweed (Gutierrezia sp.) is a plant in the daisy family, although we originally thought it was named for being a shallow, weedy, pike fishing lake. Not the case.
This was our first trip to a degree confluence point, and although I put much thought and preparation in, and took many many photographs, I managed to forget to take the four photos N-E-S-W from the confluence point. I was so focused on taking a photo of the GPS that I missed this entirely. Therefore, we barely fit the minimum requirements here and I am planning to bring a physical checklist with us next time we venture to one.
Coordinator's Note: This visit is classified as incomplete because the GPS coordinates and narrative reveal a position 230 meters east of actual confluence.