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March 25 2017

Entry Point 14 - Little Indian Sioux River North

Little Indian Sioux River (north) entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by La Croix Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 32 miles. Access is a 40-rod portage heading North from the Echo Trail.

Number of Permits per Day: 6
Elevation: 1364 feet
Latitude: 48.1466
Longitude: -92.2103

LIS / Shell lake

by kriskjg
Trip Report

Entry Date: June 24, 2009
Entry Point: Little Indian Sioux River (north)
Number of Days: 3
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
My college buddy Matt and I left on Tuesday night after work for our fishing trip to the BW. We both love to gamble and we planned that into our trip as well. We arrived at Black Bear at about 11 PM and played poker and blackjack until 5 AM. Then we went to the ranger station in Cook and made it to ep 14 by 9 am.

Day 1 of 3

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Today started with us paddling our way up the river and into Upper Pauness. There was a faster group behind us that we knew was going to Shell lake so we took the 40 rod into lower Pauness and let them take the 12 rod and pass us. We then did the 216 rod into Shell, paddled around the lake and eventually settled on the single island campsite on the south side of the lake. After dinner we sat by the shore fishing and drinking well into the night. We caught three walleyes, one nice one, and saved them all for breakfast. We couldn't have asked for a nicer night the weather was great. We got some much needed rest after not sleeping for over 36 hours tonight.


Day 2 of 3

Thursday, June 25, 2009

I woke up with the sun and cleaned our fish from the night before. After smelling frying fish Matt got up and ate with me. We then loaded the canoe and spent the day fishing on Shell, Little Shell and Lynx. We only caught one walleye on Lynx Lake today, however, when reeling in a little small mouth bass a giant walleye followed it to the boat. It had to be pushing ten pounds! We ended our fishing trip by drifting across Shell right back to our campsite. I caught a perch but I think we were moving a little too fast. We were both burnt out from the sun so we went back and took a nap in the shade. We then collected fire wood, made dinner, and ate s'mores before pulling our chairs up to the shore and fishing the rest of the night with drinks in hand and stars overhead. I saw 3 or 4 shooting stars tonight.


Day 3 of 3

Friday, June 26, 2009

Today we both slept in well past sunrise. I think the sun wore us out. We had planned on fishing today and leaving tonight but we were a little sun burnt and didn't really feel like it so we left early and spent the rest of the day at Fortune Bay Casino.

This was Matt's first trip into the BW and I think he had a good time, I sure did. And we also both left the casino up 200 bucks which more than paid for the trip.


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