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October 18 2017

Entry Point 16 - Moose/Portage River (North of Echo Trail)

Moose/Portage 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 27 miles. Access is a 160-rod portage heading North from the Echo Trail.

Number of Permits per Day: 7
Elevation: 1348 feet
Latitude: 48.1230
Longitude: -92.0991
A favorite route offering many trip options and memorable things to see including;

World Class fishing for all four BWCA Species
Pictographs
Soaring granite hills and cliffs
Small lakes
Small rivers
Tumbling rapids and waterfalls
Wildlife, including Moose
Vistas from high points across the region if you're willing to climb. Rating Easy to Moderate. Day One. Get to EP16 off of the Echo Trail early. The initial portage is long, but well worn and smooth, sloping gently downgrade to the launch area. Load your canoe and head North. You'll be paddling with the slight current on this narrow winding river. The water is clear and make sure to tell the bowperson to watch for looming rocks!

Oyster/Agnes/LLC

by chadwick
Trip Report

Entry Date: June 06, 2007
Entry Point: Moose/Portage River (north)
Number of Days: 7
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
This was my first bwca trip with out a parent. I had a blast.

Day 1 of 7


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Today we got up bright and early. We spent the night sleeping in the car in The parking lot of The Great Outdoors in order to get bait and be on the road as soon as possible. It got unbelievably cold last night. After buying our 1 1/2 lbs of leeches we were on our way to the entry point. After the drive, on which we saw numerous deer and grouse we made it to the Entry point. The first thing that happened was we bumped into CatfishKeith, for the first of several times on the trip. A very nice guy, He came to fish bass mostly. The route down the river was uneventful, a nice easy paddle. The one thing that stuck out was we noticed that the mayflies were begining to hatch- Bad news for us walleye guys. We saw lots and lots of deer along the river, a pattern we would continue to see for the rest of the trip.

We bumped into our first and only rangers after paddling all the way up the oyster river. The lady checked our permit and told us of the oncoming storm and pointed out the one site that was ocupied- the one we wanted. It was right next to the deepest part of the lake and throwing smelt off the campsite for lakers. We found a site with a sandy beach and camped there. As soon as camp was set up it started to rain. I threw out a line with a smelt on it and got one bite. I made a dinner of rice and beans, Maybe I should say TRIED to make a dinner of rice and beans. It came out burnt and under done. We went to bed early and waited out a big thunderstorm.

 



Day 2 of 7


Thursday, June 07, 2007

Today we got up with the sun for a little lake trout fishing. It was cloudy and the day had intermitent sprinkles. We did one drift in front of the opening to the big bay and landed a single laker. He was taken on a orange and silver little cleo jiged under the boat.

Since we had our lunch fish and the wind was kicking up on the main lake we went to do some pike fishing. I quickly proceded to catch a pike around 38 inches on a firetiger chatterfrog. we also caught a few smaller ones as well.

after we went back to camp and cooked up our laker lunch- panfried in my moms secret recipe- it started to rain. We threw out some smelt from camp with no luck. at around dusk my friend gut hooked a smallmouth and we ate it for dinner along with some pasta- lake trout is much better in my opinion.

 



Day 3 of 7


Sunday, June 10, 2007

Today we left agnes for hopes of beter fishing on LLC. On one of the portages Isaqw some of the most beautiful damselflies I have ever seen. they were iradescent green or blue with lace black wings. They were stunning. Here we did find much better fishing, but still had little luck with the walleyes. We caught numerous decent pike and a few walleyes. We also got into a school of crappies. We ate a meal of 2 walleye and one small gut hooked pike today with a side of potatoes and onions. Very good.

 



Day 4 of 7


Monday, June 11, 2007

Last night something was walking around our campsite. My guess is a deer or something along that lines, althought the dog didnt mind it. We had a firefly in the tent last night as well, it was pretty neat.Today the fishing was nowhere near as good as yeasterday. I caught and released a few tiny walleyes and a few pike. We also caught a few nice crappies. we bumped into Keith again and talked to him for a while. He had been doing prety good for bass. He is a realy cool guy. Today was our last shore fish meal- we had a pike for dinner with onions and our last potato.

 



Day 5 of 7


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

We packed up today and left from LLC. On one of the portages we met someone who had their leeches stolen. (We also met someone on our first day who had the same thing happen.) while paddling into agnes just above the portage that bypasses the falls we watched a young man catch a little walleye- his first fish of the trip- we planed on staying at nina moose for the night but the mayfly hatch was going on and we didnt catch much so we called it in a half day early. On the way out we ran into a cow moose up to its midsection in the Nina moose river. It was very cool.

After stopping at DQ in ely I called my mother and learned that the night I left someone had broken into our house and stolen 2 expensive cameras and a good amount of cash. All while my mother and little sister slept. Aparantly something scared them away beacuse they had a case of beer they were planning on stealing outside the basement door.- Kids these days- Thank god for those vicious kittens we have!

 



Day 6 of 7


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Today we got up bright and early. We spent the night sleeping in the car in The parking lot of The Great Outdoors in order to get bait and be on the road as soon as possible. It got unbelievably cold last night. After buying our 1 1/2 lbs of leeches we were on our way to the entry point. After the drive, on which we saw numerous deer and grouse we made it to the Entry point. The first thing that happened was I bumped into CatfishKeith, for the first of several times on the trip. A very nice guy, He came to fish bass mostly. The route down the river was uneventful, a nice easy paddle. The one thing that stuck out was we noticed that the mayflies were begining to hatch- Bad news for us walleye guys. We saw lots and lots of deer along the river, a pattern we would continue to see for the rest of the trip.

We bumped into our first and only rangers after paddling all the way up the oyster river. The lady checked our permit and told us of the oncoming storm and pointed out the one site that was ocupied- the one we wanted. It was right next to the deepest part of the lake and we planned on throwing smelt off this campsite for lakers. We found a site with a sandy beach and camped there. As soon as camp was set up it started to rain. I threw out a line with a smelt on it and got one bite. I made a dinner of rice and beans, Maybe I should say TRIED to make a dinner of rice and beans. It came out burnt and under done. We went to bed early and waited out a big thunderstorm.

 



Day 7 of 7


Thursday, June 07, 2007

Today we got up with the sun for a little lake trout fishing. It was cloudy and the day had intermitent sprinkles. We did one drift in front of the opening to the big bay and landed a single laker. He was taken by yours truly on a orange and silver little cleo jiged under the boat.

Since we had our lunch fish and the wind was kicking up on the main lake we went to do some pike fishing. I quickly proceded to catch a pike around 38 inches on a firetiger chatterfrog. we also caught a few smaller ones as well.

after we went back to camp and cooked up our laker lunch- panfried in my moms secret recipe- it started to rain. We threw out some smelt from camp with no luck. at around dusk my friend gut hooked a smallmouth and we ate it for dinner along with some pasta- lake trout is much better in my opinion.

 


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