June 29, 2014

Day 287 - June 28, 2014 Part 2: On to Mill Lake Anchorage

After the harrowing experience at Buoy 30, Rogers Cut with its hard right turn at the entrance, was tricky but thankfully uneventful. This area is littered with small islands and uncountable numbers of glacier rounded rocks protruding over the water. 

Entrance to Rogers Cut

Multitude of glacier rounded rocks
Soon we entered the Georgian Bay’s open waters again to move further north. This stretch is considered treacherous in bad weather as it is exposed to winds for 50 miles to the south. With more amazing luck, we worked our way up to the beautiful Bustard Islands in calm water, and if storms were not forecast in the coming days, we would have anchored here. We sighted the first Great Lakes sea gulls near these islands since leaving Lake Michigan in 2012. 

Sea Gulls near the Bustard Islands
Further up, we reentered the inside channel, crossed Beaverstone Bay, and entered the Collins Inlet. Collins Inlet was touted by one looping cruiser as the best over the entire Great Loop. It is different from what we have been seeing the last few days, with high rocky cliffs and many trees. It reminded us of the Tennessee River near Chattanooga only with more rocks. We went midway through the channel to anchor in Mill Lake without another boat in sight. As we sit here this evening, you can imagine how fortunate we are feeling, as the day could have been a really serious disaster.

Entrance to Collins Inlet

Collins Inlet from the stern
View of our anchorage in Mill Lake

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