BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog

November 22 2017

Entry Point 25 - Moose Lake

Moose Lake entry point allows overnight paddle or motor (25 HP max). This entry point is supported by Kawishiwi Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 21 miles. Access is an boat landing or canoe launch at Moose Lake. Many trip options for paddlers with additional portages. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 27
Elevation: 1356 feet
Latitude: 47.9877
Longitude: -91.4997
Moose Lake - 25

Moose to Knife

by johnMN
Trip Report

Entry Date: August 10, 2017
Entry Point: Moose Lake
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
Moose to Knife - First trip with sea kayaks

Report


Just back from a 4 day trip into the BWCA with 17’ sea kayaks. We got a tow through Canoe Country Outfitters that took the 2 kayaks and us from Moose Lake up to Indian Portage. We carried over into Birch, paddle around and found a nice campsite about 2 miles east . Got the tent and tarp up and then the clouds opened up for about an hour. The skies cleared in the early evening and we had gorgeous weather for the next 3 days. [paragraph break]On Friday we paddled and portaged to Knife Lake and had lunch on Dorothy Molter’s Isle of Pines. Then we paddled and portaged back to our campsite on Birch. Portaging the kayaks was not the way to do this trip! 10 portages with 70+ lb boats was too much. The kayaks are great to travel in, but not to portage – we had to attach and remove the portage yokes at each end of each portage which added up to extra time. Somewhere between Knife and Birch I lost my GoPro camera. Bummer. Had some great footage of the trip and of my wife making her very first portages. All portages were busy. [paragraph break]Saturday we paddled over to Prairie Portage and checked out the falls, portages and Canadian. Enjoyed the rest of the day in camp relaxing, reading, watching other trippers go past the campsite on their way mostly to Knife and listening to the loons. Took one last paddle around the Canadian Islands across from camp. In a shallow channel between 2 islands, I paddled up to a loon that dove down and swam right under my kayak! In the clear, shallow water I could easily see it swimming gracefully swimming about 8 feet down. Really cool! [paragraph break]On Sunday, we packed up and paddled thru to the Sucker Lake side of Indian Portage for our pickup. Great trip, but next year we’ll be taking the canoe!

~Moose Lake, Newfound Lake, Sucker Lake, Birch Lake, Carp Lake, Melon Lake, Seed Lake, Knife Lake   

 

Lakes Traveled:   Moose Lake, Newfound Lake, Sucker Lake, Birch Lake, Carp Lake, Melon Lake, Seed Lake,

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