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TominMpls
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09/14/2018 10:53AM
I'm considering going into the BWCA for a single night after the Ely Marathon, hitting the water some time early afternoon. My legs will be too sore for long portages, but sitting in a canoe for too long at a time would also be a bad idea, so ideally a series of short paddles and portages. Probably not looking to go too far, call it three hours of paddling, four tops, single portage.

My first thought was enter at EP30, go southwest down the Kawishiwi. BUT, I kind of hate the EP30 entry, and I've done it too much. Would be fun to go to a new EP, but it needs to be close to Ely, and meet my criteria above. I've done most of the Echo Trail entries, would prefer not to do those. Any other ideas?
 
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GraniteCliffs
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09/14/2018 11:16AM
I have done quite a few marathons. I would not contemplate, ever, going canoeing for any distance the same day as the race! My legs would cramp and I would always just want to sleep or at least nap off and on in the afternoon.
I would look for a hotel with a whirlpool, a bed and food you do not have to cook yourself--- or portage.
On the other hand everyone is different. You must have more Sisu than I do!

09/14/2018 12:46PM
What about Lake One? No portaging necessary. Isabella Lake has a short portage, could be doable.
TominMpls
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09/14/2018 12:54PM
GraniteCliffs: "I have done quite a few marathons. I would not contemplate, ever, going canoeing for any distance the same day as the race! My legs would cramp and I would always just want to sleep or at least nap off and on in the afternoon.
I would look for a hotel with a whirlpool, a bed and food you do not have to cook yourself--- or portage.
On the other hand everyone is different. You must have more Sisu than I do!


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Haha, thanks but I'm the 3:55 pacer. I run a lot of marathons, and this is a gig for me, not a race. I certainly would recommend that nobody *racing* a marathon attempt going into the woods solo later the same day.
TominMpls
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09/14/2018 12:58PM
egknuti: "What about Lake One? No portaging necessary. Isabella Lake has a short portage, could be doable. "

Isabella Lake is an interesting idea, how far is that to drive from Ely though?
AmarilloJim
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09/14/2018 02:10PM
Tom I was persuaded to change to the half. A friend and I are headed toward Knife after the race (getting a tow to Indian portage around 1:30). You are welcome to join us. I can help with portaging if needed. Let me know if I need to pack an extra steak!
TominMpls
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09/14/2018 02:20PM
That's an intriguing idea, just one night?
AmarilloJim
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09/14/2018 02:30PM
We are going for the week. A pretty leisurely trip. Will do a lot of fishing and day trip to most of the surrounding lakes. My friend is coming out on Thursday and I am exiting Saturday via Ima.
AmarilloJim
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09/14/2018 03:06PM
We do the group solo thing. We usually share a campsite and an evening meal and may go the whole day without seeing each other. Will sit around a campfire in the evenings till 10:00 or so. Nobody is rowdy or loud in our group.
09/14/2018 03:13PM
TominMpls: "egknuti: "What about Lake One? No portaging necessary. Isabella Lake has a short portage, could be doable. "


Isabella Lake is an interesting idea, how far is that to drive from Ely though?"

I think it’s about 45 minutes.
TominMpls
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09/14/2018 04:00PM
AmarilloJim: "Tom I was persuaded to change to the half. A friend and I are headed toward Knife after the race (getting a tow to Indian portage around 1:30). You are welcome to join us. I can help with portaging if needed. Let me know if I need to pack an extra steak!
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As I think more about it, I don't think I can make anything that close to a plan - I'll have to see how much recovery time I need after the marathon, and how I'm feeling. I'll have to play it by ear so probably best not to worry about goofing up somebody else's plan. Thanks for the great offer though, maybe see you at the race. I'll be easy to identify, what with the giant "3:55" sign.
GraniteCliffs
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09/14/2018 04:49PM
Slim Lake is also a veeerrryyy easy one nighter.
09/14/2018 05:04PM
Big Moose
Banksiana
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09/14/2018 08:40PM
Burntside. Beautiful lake no permit, many of the campsites have picnic tables.
Captn Tony
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09/15/2018 05:59AM
I think I would take a tow up Moose Lake and then head out towards knife. You have a series of short portages and short paddles. Then when you get tired you can stop at any one of the lakes and set up camp.
Or take a tow on Seagull then paddle across the main basin and camp in Alpine or head to Jasper or North to Red Rock Lake. You could always just stay on Seagull of course.
OldTripper
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09/15/2018 08:51AM
If you put in at Moose Lake Landing you could head up through Sucker and around the corner (east) from Prairie Portage and go towards the east end of Birch Lake. 10 miles to the first portage and some pretty nice campsites along the way.
HowardSprague
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09/15/2018 10:09AM
The Wood Lake EP might meet your specifications.
billconner
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09/15/2018 07:10PM
Enter Snowbank and head to Disappointment, by way of Parent if windy.

Or Farm - very clise to Ely - and head to Clear.

Lots of options.
09/16/2018 05:34PM
HowardSprague: "The Wood Lake EP might meet your specifications."

+1 On paper that one looks like a good choice.

Otherwise maybe Little Gabbro towards Bald Eagle?
jdevries
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09/17/2018 01:44PM
I wouldn't want to do the Wood or Little Gabbro portages immediately after a marathon. My first thought was a Fall Lake entry and up into Pipestone Bay somewhere. Short drive from Ely, no portage from parking lot to put in, and 2 very easy 80 rod portages. My 2nd thought was Mudro into Horse or Fourtown. A bit longer of a drive, a short portage to the put in, and then 3 portages with at least one of them being pretty tough thrown in regardless of which way you go.

JD
AmarilloJim
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09/17/2018 03:15PM
OldTripper: "If you put in at Moose Lake Landing you could head up through Sucker and around the corner (east) from Prairie Portage and go towards the east end of Birch Lake. 10 miles to the first portage and some pretty nice campsites along the way."

This was my original plan or going to Ensign if I was doing the full.
TominMpls
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09/18/2018 12:04PM
So many good ideas here.

Moose and Snowbank make me a little nervous because that could end up being hard work if the wind picks up, but they do get to some nice places with little portaging. Ending up on Birch would be pretty nice, so I'll give Moose some thought, especially if it's a calm day.

Wood Lake, with that long portage right off the bat, seems out - maybe good for a trip not the same day as a marathon :) Similarly, Little Gabbro looks awesome, but not for this trip.

Fall Lake is promising, relatively short portages with lots of options depending on how I feel. Mudro would be easy enough but I'm kind of sick of Mudro so it's out.

I'm intrigued about Slim - I've never been over in that area, and it looks pretty decent. Only down side is that if I'm feeling good, I don't have options - there's no way I'll be feeling good enough for a 600 rod portage. But if I'm feeling good enough to go in but not good enough to go far, that might be a nice option.

So I guess right now I'm thinking it's between Moose, Fall, and Slim. If I'm feeling good and the weather's good, Moose gives me the most options but Fall would be a solid choice and would give me the most options I haven't seen before. If I'm feeling less good, or if it's windy, Slim is probably the best choice. Fair?

TominMpls
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09/18/2018 12:19PM
Well it looks like Slim is out, no permits are available for Saturday! So I guess that leaves Fall or Moose.
anthonyp007
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09/18/2018 12:57PM
You could hit Moose and head west into Wind, then you could camp there if the legs are like logs, or push on for Wind Bay and beyond. I wish I was doing the Ely Marathon... some day. Good luck and thanks for pacing those sub 4 hour folks!
Tony
QuietWaters
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09/18/2018 01:22PM
How about one of these entries....close to Ely, options to travel a short distance or a little farther, don't have to worry about a permit. There are several trip reports for this area.

SNF Fenske/ Everett & more canoe routes

Trip Reports
Fenske Lake Trip Report

Fenske Lake Trip Report
HowardSprague
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09/19/2018 12:56PM
Well, that Wood Lake initial portage looks long on the map but it's pretty flat and easy.
On the other hand, if I'd just finished a marathon you'd find me in a hotel bed watching tv with a pile of food from Culver's or someplace like that!

Snowbank, being half in the BWCA and half out, actually has some decent campsites...you could always paddle out to an island and camp there.

09/21/2018 09:38PM
Tom - on an aside... are you doing the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon this year?
TominMpls
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09/22/2018 05:28PM
MN_Lindsey: "Tom - on an aside... are you doing the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon this year?"
No, I'll be doing Chicago that weekend. Not expecting anything great, but it should be fun. You doing Twin Cities?
TominMpls
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09/22/2018 05:30PM
So the race was great, I hit my pace target and helped a good group of runners. Felt good so grabbed a Prism and a Fall Lake entry. Tired enough that I decided to keep it short, set up on the far north end of Newton Lake, which has cell service so I'm posting this. Thanks for lots of great advice!
TominMpls
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09/23/2018 09:59AM
Back in Ely. That was a fun little paddle, Fall Lake entry isn't one I'd choose for a trip but it fit the bill perfectly for a quick, short overnight. I liked the Prism in the water but what an annoying portage yoke setup - it's up way too high, which makes the canoe hard to get up and even harder to balance. Maybe I'd get used to it with more use but I wasn't a fan.
jdevries
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09/25/2018 03:46PM
Glad you had fa good trip and a good race. Have a great time at Chicago, that is my all time worst marathon....and all time favorite marathon. The crowd is 3 people thick, both sides of the street, for the entire route. I think Chinatown, somewhere around mile 18, was my favorite neighborhood.

JD
mr.barley
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09/25/2018 07:52PM
Lots of USFS campgrounds on small lakes up in that area. Free.
VoyageurNorth
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09/28/2018 01:44PM
Sounds like at least you got in a day/night trip and enjoyed yourself. How was the marathon?
TominMpls
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09/29/2018 09:54PM
The marathon was great! I thought the community really came out for it and did a nice job with it, and of course the course was a lot of fun. The start at Camp du Nord was really fun - very different from a normal marathon and very Ely. It was a gorgeous day and I really enjoyed pacing the race. I'm kind of tempted to race it next year and try to win it...
 
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