Loaded and single tripping the wife and I made it to the north end of Agnes in 3.5 hours. Another 15-20 minutes would put you on the Boulder river. LIS you could probably get close to Lynx if you were really moving. Not sure on time north though loon though.
If I were picking one over the other it would be Moose River. Although the Elm portage on LIS is a pretty scenic, the pauness to shell portage is a mud pit at both ends.
The real beauty of Moose River north doesn't start until after Agnes...up till then it's just another pretty river, some parts wide, some parts very narrow between mud banks and high grass and nothing unusual. Nina Moose Lake has an impressive "mountain " on the west side, and just south of N Moose is the rocktop view that is pretty good.
Little Indian Sioux is a prettier river paddle, with Elm Portage and the portage right from the parking lot, and the little waterfall entering just beyond Elm portage. The best scenery is Devil's Cascade, from one end to the other, especially if there is a reasonable water flow.
If you're looking for solitude and serenity, you might want to try going south off the Echo Trail on Little Indian Sioux River South. I'm thinking that the water levels are up enough to make for good paddling.
quote Mort: "If you're looking for solitude and serenity, you might want to try going south off the Echo Trail on Little Indian Sioux River South. I'm thinking that the water levels are up enough to make for good paddling." ive been down there before. i should have said that in the original post.
I like any excuse to go up ep16. For me, it's the pines of the Boulder River, north of Agnes. I imagine what it was when more of the landscape looked like that in the 1700's. If you could stay long enough, a cruise up the Dahlgren River to the portage to Stuart Lake would be interesting. There is a nice waterfall there.
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