I've used this EP my last three trips (June 2011, August 2010, July 2009).
All the above are pretty much spot on as far as advice. As stated, August can be busy so do get an early start and try and setup camp EARLY afternoon. We made it from Kawishiwi to the peninsula site on Koma in 3-4 hours. Had a couple groups stop by later that day to see if it was occupied. The Pagami Creek Fire did impact a few lakes in this area (Kawasachong had 4 original campsites now down to 2), so there a may be a bit more competition for campsites.
If you can get to Malberg then there are several options for day trips or lesser traveled lakes for some solitude. I've enjoyed Kivaniva (1 site), Beaver (2 sites) and Adams (3-4 pretty decent sites). I've heard Amber is nice as well as Makwa and Pan.
The rapids at the Malberg end of the portage from Koma are a good spot to catch smallies on just about every cast. Also, any area where the land creates narrows on Malberg is good for walleyes. We camped in the site in the narrows heading into the NE arm and had great walleye fishing right from camp. The Kawishiwi River north of Malberg is excellent fishing for a mixed bag. You just never know what's on the end of the line...
Wow, You made really good time. I was hoping to reach Malberg in 6-7 hours but we have 1/2 the group over 40 and 1/2 under 18!! Thanks for the input on the Walleye fishing. I was not planning to venture further than the south end of Malberg the first couple of days but now I think we will fish to the north and beyond starting day 1.
I went in through EP 37 last August (the 20th) and one thing that can really slow you down is how the water level is, it can make for a few "bonus" portages. We made it to Malberg in just over 4 hours but we're 24, we single portaged, and have taken this route before. The NE arm of Malberg, before the portage is good for walleyes and the lakes beyond are even better (Amber/Fishdance).
Just a note that Aug. is one of the busiest months in the BW and the route north from EP 37 is a popular route. To improve your chances finding open campsites you can enter on slower days such as Wed. and Thurs. Also, leave as early as possible and plan on settling into a site early in the afternoon. Pushing on until supper time may make finding an open campsite problematic. Have a great trip.
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1. Every EP has something special to offer. Too numerous to list here. Check out the trip report page. You can get a taste of what many of the EP's offer by reading through the trip reports. But, if you're comfortable with EP #37? Then go for it! A very nice entry.
2. By August there really shouldn't be any issues with portages. But, when you pick up your permit the issuer will tell you of any issues along your proposed route. Of course stay tuned here at bwca.com as many people report back back as soon as they're done with their trips.
3. Just a heads up. You can pick your permit up the day before you actually enter. You can then enter as early as you like on the actual entry date. And yes, double portaging at a moderate pace, Malberg should be easily reachable by suppertime.(with a reasonably early start) But, a helpful FYI, plan your travels by the limits of your weakest member.
I have been to the BWCA only 1 other time and entered through EP 37. I am hooked on BWCA. I am now planning a 4-6 day adventure with 4 adults and 2 High School students and a 6 year old for this August ( 2012). We plan to enjoy some good fishing, swimming and some simple relaxing. My Questions are:
1. How does EP 37 compare to other routes. It’s the only one I know so I am not sure how it compares but I loved it !!
2. Any issues with portaging through the fire burnt areas?
3. We stayed at Lake Polly last time but plan to go to Malberg. Is it reachable by suppertime if we head out as soon as the station opens and lets us in?
Any input or feedback is much appreciated !!