As those in BC will know, we had an extended summer that lasted through the weekend of Sept 14-15 this year. The forecast was too good to ignore so I drove down to Wells on Friday evening and then to Bowron Lake on Saturday morning. I had to wait until the 9am orientation, so got onto the water just after 10am. It was a perfect day for paddling and views as I headed down the west side of the Bowron chain. Once I crossed Bowron Lake, I entered the Bowron River channel, which winds through an extensive marsh area. I saw several sockeye salmon in the shallows of the channel. I am sure this bald eagle was watching them closely as well. Near the end of the channel, some enterprising beavers had decided to dam the Bowron River, in spite of the best efforts of the Parks people and successive paddlers to change their minds. Apparently they have rebuilt it several times already this year. At least for me it was just a bit of a tug to get the boat across. Being late in the season after a long dry summer, the lake and river levels were extremely low. I had to get out and pull through several low water sections in the lakes. Apparently at high water, the lakes on the west side (Spectacle Lakes) are pretty well merged, but right now there are clear boundaries between them. I camped at the south end of the Spectacle Lakes, next to the portage trail (400m) to Skoi Lake. After an early dinner, I carried the yak across the portage and went through Skoi Lake (half of which is a narrow marsh channel). Then one more short portage (400m) got me to Babcock Lake. I turned around at the S end of Babcock. I had hoped to run down the portage to the river, but the sun sets earlier now in mid-September so was running out of time. The local moose population in the Central Interior is pretty low right now (lots af arguing about why) but there was one local near the camp. On Sunday I had to head back. I stopped in to see the newly finished shelter at Pat's Point. The Park guide said that all of the shelters on the circuit have been replaced in the past couple of years. The older cabins are still there so far. The tradition of carving paddles to leave is acknowledged by the Park now, and they hope to discourage "modifications" of the new shelters. Getting back to the dock that afternoon was a fine end to the summer paddling season. the next day the weather broke- it rained and has been notably colder after that last summer weekend.