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May 27 2017

Entry Point 77 - South Hegman Lake

South Hegman Lake entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Kawishiwi Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 16 miles. Access is a 80-rod portage to South Hegman Lake.

Number of Permits per Day: 2
Elevation: 1282 feet
Latitude: 48.0336
Longitude: -91.9250
South Hegman Lake - 77

South Hegman pictographs

by kealia
Trip Report

Entry Date: March 09, 2007
Entry Point: South Hegman Lake
Number of Days: 2
Group Size: 3

Trip Introduction:
After several months of winter camping, we decided to take a quick trip to the pictographs for our seasonal finale. My two camping partners, my 13 year old son and 8 year old daughter were very excited and ready to go.

Day 1 of 2


Friday, March 09, 2007

Arrived at south hegman around noon. The day was cloudy and windy. temps around 25 degrees. Loaded the sleds and headed out.

Not enough snow to snowshoe. Walking was not too difficult. Made camp. Set up tents and started a fire. Dinner was ready by dark. The wind was picking up and the temp was rising!

Around 8 pm we crawled in the tents for a night of card and harmonica playing. By 10 pm all were asleep

 



Day 2 of 2


Saturday, March 10, 2007

temp was 24 degrees. sky had cleared. Breakfast was bacon and potatoes. 

left camp about 10 am for hike to pictographs. Wind was still blowing from the South and the temps rising. in the middle of south hegman we camp across a recent wolf kill of a deer. deer parts were scattered over a large area.

The portage to north hegman was clear and short. although we only saw two other people while we were there, there was a clear trail all the way across the lake. I guess there must have been quite a few people during the week. After a quick rest on north hegman we continued to the pictos. As we rounded the bend in the channel we could se a giant snowman on the lake. It was about 7 feet tall and looking right at the pictos!

The pictos were great. I had never seen them before. The day was warm and the cliff face was radiating heat. Snow on top was melting and dripping over the edge. We spent about 40 minutes just soaking in the warmth and special atmosphere. This was the the finale to our winter camping season and you could feel winter melting away as we rested.

Finally, we turned around and hiked back to camp. by now the temps were in the mid to upper 30s and rising quickly. After a short rest we packed up camp into the sleds and headed back to the parking lot.

The trip was great. we will definately do it again next year. Winter camping, with the right equipment, is great fun

Mark

 


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