Red Indian Lake

Discussion in 'Out & About' started by Slippery, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. Slippery

    Slippery New Member

    So anyone planning a trip to the Red Indian Lake area this summer ?????
  2. fortech

    fortech Active Member

    Sure! Dates?
  3. Slippery

    Slippery New Member

    Haven't set any dates, I'm open to suggestions.
  4. Scooter

    Scooter Member

    Let me know about the dates for an RIL run. I always like doing that one.

    Note, however, that last year when I did Buchans - Burgeo with HunterSon, there was about 3 km just south of the steel bridge that was almost impassable due to substantial ingrowth and numerous wash outs. I won't attempt it again unless significant work is done on that section.
  5. BlackIsle

    BlackIsle Member

    Abitibi use to maintain the road up to that point if I recall correctly. They did it themselves out of the Portage camp for a while but the work was contracted out in later years. No Abitibi, no maintenance I guess. Has anyone seen work done on that section south the bridge in recent years? Just wondering.

  6. Slippery

    Slippery New Member

  7. fortech

    fortech Active Member

    I still can't believe he came out unscathed on a heavily loaded bike with the stock rubber! Don't know if I would have been so lucky with the TKC's...
  8. Bill

    Bill Member

    Look up Exploits Trailnet on Facebook. They have a trail from Buchans to Howley.
  9. versys Rob

    versys Rob Active Member

    Heck. I did Red Indian Lake on stock rubber on my Versys. I did stop at Cdn Tire in GFW to purchased a compact hand bicycle tire pump in case I got a flat!!!! I keep plugs in my tool kit but did not have a compressor. In fact, I still don't carry a compressor. Things to do list.....
    Oh boy, I wanna ride again, this weather sucks.
  10. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    Next time try the south side. Not maintained like the Star Lake side..
  11. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    I had lots of help. Scooter was keeping a faster pace and would stop and wait for me to point out the really bad spots. I had never been so happy to see pavement when we broke out on the Burgeo highway.
  12. markbvt

    markbvt New Member

    Where is the steel bridge?

    I'll be over there in September and currently have my route planned over the road going from Buchans along the northern side of Red Indian Lake and Lloyd's River to Rt 480. Is this the road under discussion?

    We'll be coming via the Trans-Labrador Highway and will have knobbies on our bikes, but they'll be loaded down with two weeks worth of gear, and we need to make reasonably good time over that road because we have to catch the PaB ferry at the end of the day. So if it's unmaintained and gnarly we're going to need to bypass it.


  13. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    The northern side is well maintained from Buchans to Star Lake. When you get to the bottom of the lake Lloyds river flows into it where the bridge is over this and takes you to the non maintained south side. From there to the 480 is a little rough but is not difficult. A piece of fluorescent tape tied to a limb indicates something is coming to be aware of.
  14. markbvt

    markbvt New Member

    When you say "a little rough," what do you mean? What sort of speed is reasonable to maintain? And how long is the unmaintained section?

    Like I said, we need to catch a ferry that night and cover quite a few miles that day, so we can't afford to spend too much time on this section. If it's the sort of thing where you can reasonably maintain 50kph on a fully-loaded bike and it's 40-50km long, we should be okay. But if it requires a lot of 20kph threading through rocks, etc, for 100km, I don't think we'll have time for it.

    Also, where's that nearly-impassable 3km section Scooter was talking about?

    Thanks for the intel!

    Last edited: May 2, 2016
  15. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    Check with Scooter to be positive.
    I had 3 riders here last year who were road loaded with camping gear headed for the trans lab that rode it. One guy was a dirt virgin on a new Wee Strom. Maddin rode it on his Tenere to start his TCAT adventure as well. A 50 kmh average is not difficult IMO.

    EDIT....Just reread his post and it appears I have misread and you will have to cross this section. My apologies for misinformation.
    Last edited: May 2, 2016
  16. markbvt

    markbvt New Member

    Glad I asked! Thanks for the info.

  17. markbvt

    markbvt New Member

    Any updates on the Red Indian Lake route? Anyone know if that washed out section Scooter was talking about has been repaired?

  18. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    Just read a blog from ADV inmate Voluhzia that rode this to get to Burgeo. He was solo on a (over) loaded 1200 Explorer and said the Red Indian Lake section from Lloyds bridge was rough. In his words... "Fuck me, I almost peed in my pants".
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2016
  19. Bueller

    Bueller New Member

    Wow good to know I was considering that run with the missus she would turn around at that !
  20. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Murph once told me it saved a lot of time compared to the highway so I ran it on my way home from CroMag one year in the rain. When I got up high on the flat country I ran into mud. It wasn't too bad until I tried to cross a few ruts and my rear wheel caught in one...whip...Whip...WHIP...SPLAT! It wasn't faster!:p
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2017

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