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April 25 2017

Entry Point 43 - Bower Trout lake

Bower Trout Lake entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Gunflint Ranger Station near the city of Grand Marais, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 25 miles. Access is a 72-rod portage from small parking area into Bower Trout. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 1
Elevation: 1650 feet
Latitude: 47.9440
Longitude: -90.4348
Bower Trout lake - 43

Smoked Out

by pdesigninc
Trip Report

Entry Date: September 12, 2011
Entry Point: Bower Trout Lake
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
Forecast for warm weather then a change on the way. Equipped with titanium mug, Kokatat boots and a new fast-boiling stove, but forgot the oxygen masks and tanks.

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This trip experience started uneventfully and turned into something surreal, unscathed in a hostile world (somewhat) and in more danger than we were briefed on during our ranger station registration. Because of instinct mainly and a little help from our spotty weather NOAA weather radio, iPhone GPS and other small signs we were able to make it out with only a few equipment losses, some coughing fits and irritated eyes. The worst/best part of the experience was enduring a storm that was fueled by the forest fire that included liquid smoke rain, orange lighting, hail, 70+ mph winds, constant thunder, gray/yellow clouds, etc. The storm pinned us Monday night at our base camp on Swan Lake and were finally able to cut through just a day broke on Tuesday. Right after the storm the visibility was less than a few hundred yards, our site was covered in ash, burnt leaves, etc. and we could only hear the surveillance aircraft overhead. I can't say how well these fires were managed or anything about the safety protocol, but it really became erratic, things were/are changing quickly. The oddest thing was the lack of any other sounds, even the birds had moved out. We did have two spectacular days and would be curious to hear other experiences since the smoke, ash, etc. seemed to be quite isolated to specific areas or shifted a lot because of strong winds, which prevented us from entering the main part of Brule Lake.

 

Lakes Traveled:   Bower Trout Lake, Marshall Lake, Dugout Lake, Skidway Lake, Swan Lake, Vernon Lake, Brule Lake,

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