Cree Lake Country – Can you or some reader give information about the Cree Lake country?
I am in a position to answer, having hunted and trapped some 25 years through this north country, says a reader of H-T-T. As you wisely suggest it is a very hard country it is a very hard country to make a living in, or get in or out of. To go to Cree Lake, start at Prince Albert, Sask., the end of the railroad, and travel 140 miles by wagon to Green Lake, which is a trading post and nothing more; then he would take a boat or canoe down Green Lake 18 miles to the Beaver River, and down the latter for 100 miles to Isle La Crosse Lake, which is the headwaters of Churchill River and a big H.B. trading post; then across this lake some 40 or 50 miles to the Churchill River outlet, down this stream for some 20 miles to the mouth of the Sandy River and up the Sandy for about 170 miles to Sandy Lake, where there is another H.B. trading post, then make 4 portages over the height of land, and you arrive at Cree Lake. This country is pretty well hunted by the Athabaska Indians and a white man has not much chance.
The Sandy River is full of rapids and should only be attempted by men who thoroughly understand canoe work. I lived for nine months at one time in that country on meat and tea, never even saw flour or any vegetables, and depended entirely on my gun and net for food. This is the only way to do, unless you have lots of money to take an outfit in.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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