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Minnesotian
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12/18/2012 10:10AM
Ok, after scouring this thread (thank you TuscaroraBorealis): winter entry points I took all the information and compiled it in an easier to understand format. Please look it over and let me know what changes need to be made. Can it be easier to understand? Do you have additional information?

Also, when a point is designated with Plowed, that means there is automobile access but I have no idea what the parking situation is, unless noted.

Let me know what you think. Thanks.


______EDIT______2/12/2013

Alright, attached is an updated version of the list. It is in a PDF as well as Excel format. Let me know if you have further updates! Thanks much. PDF version
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~Edited 2/12/2013 to reflect information about Mudro #23 and Ojibway #29 entry points.

~Edited 10/21/13 to reflect information from HO HO regarding some Echo Trail Entry Points. Thanks!

~Edited to include TuscaroraBorealis link to Current Snow Depths
 
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tonyyarusso
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12/18/2012 10:32AM
Could you please post this as a PDF and the original ODS/XLS somewhere rather than just a JPG? Would make it easier to print and adapt.
tonyyarusso
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12/18/2012 10:34AM
Also, for EP 1, once the ice on Vermilion is thick enough you can just drive to the truck portage and park on the ice next to it, if either the snow isn't too deep or other people have packed it down enough. There's a teeny tiny parking lot halfway across the portage (at the wilderness boundary) where people park snowmobiles, but it'd be a bit silly to try to put a car there.
ArrowheadPaddler
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12/18/2012 10:59AM
Thanks Minnesotian, this is a great resource!
TuscaroraBorealis
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12/18/2012 11:09AM
quote Minnesotian: "
Ok, after scouring this thread (thank you TuscaroraBorealis): winter entry points I took all the information and compiled it in an easier to understand format. Please look it over and let me know what changes need to be made. Can it be easier to understand? Do you have additional information?

Also, when a point is designated with Plowed, that means there is automobile access but I have no idea what the parking situation is, unless noted.

Let me know what you think. Thanks.
"


Great job!

As stated, it would be nice if it could be in a larger format. Also, (once that is accomplished) I wonder if Adam or a moderator could make it a sticky post that always remains on top of this forum for easy/convenient future access.
Soledad
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12/18/2012 01:36PM
THanks for the list! BTW Farm lake is usually plowed soon after a snowfall. It can be tough to get back out without 4x4 but usually not a problem. Lots of ice fishing traffic from that EP
Minnesotian
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12/18/2012 02:52PM

Is there a special way of adding the Excel sheet and a PDF to a message? Or do I just use the "add a photo to this message?"

And thanks for all the updates, especially the amount from Mocha. She sent in a lot of new information to add to the sheet.
tonyyarusso
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12/18/2012 04:19PM
I don't think this forum has a way to add other types of attachments - you'd have to upload it somewhere else and just add a link.
amhacker22
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12/18/2012 04:23PM
Awesome list! Thanks for taking the time and for sharing it!
motdur
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12/18/2012 04:41PM
Nice!! Others, correct me if I'm wrong...Duncan #60 and Daniels #61 can also be accessed from the landing on Bearskin, off of Clearwater Rd.
Papinator
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12/18/2012 08:44PM
That's great! Thanks for doing that! :)
Sagebrusher
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12/18/2012 10:06PM
Aren't there a couple of hiking entry points that are plowed, too?
SevenofNine
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12/19/2012 06:46AM
Thanks Minnesotian, nice work.
Minnesotian
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12/19/2012 07:11AM

Edited my original post with new information.
motdur
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12/19/2012 09:14AM
Thanks again...Nice job
TuscaroraBorealis
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12/19/2012 10:24AM
quote motdur: "Nice!! Others, correct me if I'm wrong...Duncan #60 and Daniels #61 can also be accessed from the landing on Bearskin, off of Clearwater Rd."

I know you could easily access it from there. Just not sure if that parking area is kept open or not?
motdur
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12/19/2012 08:15PM
quote TuscaroraBorealis: "quote motdur: "Nice!! Others, correct me if I'm wrong...Duncan #60 and Daniels #61 can also be accessed from the landing on Bearskin, off of Clearwater Rd."


I know you could easily access it from there. Just not sure if that parking area is kept open or not? "



Could have been one of those times they had time to plow, but it was open several years ago.
12/20/2012 03:31PM
Nice job, thanks!
OldGreyGoose
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01/02/2013 08:57AM
Much thanks! (Now if I can only get up there to use the info.) --Goose
TuscaroraBorealis
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01/11/2013 07:34PM
Figured I add this resource for easy access. MN DNR snow depth and trail conditions
01/31/2013 09:55AM
This is awesome! Thanks for taking the time to put it together!

BrettPaul21
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02/06/2013 04:17PM
Thanks for all the information!!! Of course the entry point that i was looking for was one of the only ones not listed.

MUDRO #23

Anyone know anything? Is it plowed all the way to where Chainsaw Sisters used to be?

Thanks in advance!!!
Minnesotian
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02/07/2013 08:21AM

Ya, sorry about that. Looking at all the trip reports from members regarding entry point 23, not a single one of them was a winter report. If I were to venture a guess, I would say that it is not plowed. But, if you find otherwise, please let me know so that I can update the list.
02/09/2013 03:32PM
I just got back from the Mudro access and the road was not plowed. High clearance four wheel drive vehicles have been back there and it may be possible if you have one. We were on snowmobiles and I suspect after the snow that is supposed to arrive tonight snowmobiles may be the only way in there.
dbjerknes
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02/13/2013 09:37AM
Thanks for the update on Mudro. I've got a group of 4-5 that were planning on heading to Mudro, late Feb. I was wondering the same thing about the roads. We have a 4 wheel drive but I'll have to plan for a back up entry point if it's not drive-able. Still planning on it though!!
kajy
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02/26/2013 05:03PM
Hey Zulu was Grassy lake road plowed from Echo at all or just the last mile or so to the chain saw sisters that was not plowed from the split
schweady
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02/26/2013 05:43PM
Thanks for the pic, Zulu. That's the bridge over Picket Creek right at the Mudro EP, correct?

Edit: Doh. I see the EP sign on the right.

Looks like I miss a few neat things by not reading the Winter Camping forum...
02/26/2013 08:55PM
Grassy was plowed about 4 miles in almost to the place where you turn left. After that it is just a snowmobile trail. It may be possible to go further with 4wd and high clearance but if you get stuck it will be a big towing bill to get out.
Minnesotian
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10/21/2013 09:18AM
Bump. For all your winter planning activities.
Ho Ho
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10/21/2013 01:17PM

Nice work. I have some input on various Echo Trail EPs based on previous winters -

EP 6 Slim Lake - Plowed on North Arm Road. The EP is across the road (west) from the public access to the North Arm. The short drive to the EP is not plowed but if you can't drive it, you can park on the side of North Arm Road.

EP 7 From Big Lake - Plowed to public access on north side of Big Lake off Echo Trail.

EP 8 Moose River South - This EP is off the Moose Loop, which is not plowed. If you parked on the Echo Trail, you have to go 2-3 miles on the Moose Loop before you get to the EP (or to the Big Moose Trail).

EP 16 Moose River North - The road from the Echo Trail to the EP parking lot is not plowed, and if it is not passable, it's an extra half mile or so from the Echo Trail. You could try following the river from the Echo, but not sure you can get around the rapids to the EP. The Portage River is directly accessible from the Echo Trail.

EP 19 Stuart River - The EP is right next to the Echo Trail and when I've gone there the parking has been plowed too.
Minnesotian
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12/04/2013 11:02PM
Bump.
catfish72
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12/05/2013 12:42AM
Nice job to you all!! this is Awesome! THANKS!!!
12/05/2013 08:26AM
For someone planning his first winter trip, this list is awesome! Thanks so much.
Minnesotian
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01/02/2014 03:22PM

Just a bump up.
heavycanoe
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01/02/2014 04:27PM
thanks that was exactly the information I was looking for.
Minnesotian
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02/06/2014 10:18PM
Bump
Doughboy12
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02/09/2014 04:29PM
How about clean this up and make it a "sticky" post?
nicek
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02/12/2014 10:21PM
Thank Minnesotian for posting this information. Invaluable.
Minnesotian
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02/13/2014 01:41PM
quote Doughboy12: "How about clean this up and make it a "sticky" post?"

At one point it had been a sticky post. However, when I edit and update my original post, it unsticks as a sticky post and reverts to a regular thread. An occasional bump by me or interested parties works I think.
TuscaroraBorealis
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09/01/2014 02:11PM
Bump back to the top!
Bearpaulsen
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09/01/2014 08:02PM
Last March I day skied around the Gabbro and Little Gabbro loop. There were vehicle tracks all the way to Nickel Lake, but they were old and I didn't want to risk getting stuck. Spruce Road was plowed past South Kawishiwi.

Also, last February we drove up amid a 12+ snowfall. Echo was one lane, not fully plowed when we parked at the Stuart River. We shoveled out a spot off to the side to park. While we were camping the plow came and plowed out the entire lot. Not sure if that's common or not? Little Indian Sioux is only plowed about 100ft off the Echo.

Minnesotian
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10/10/2014 10:31AM
quote Bearpaulsen: "Last March I day skied around the Gabbro and Little Gabbro loop. There were vehicle tracks all the way to Nickel Lake, but they were old and I didn't want to risk getting stuck. Spruce Road was plowed past South Kawishiwi.


Also, last February we drove up amid a 12+ snowfall. Echo was one lane, not fully plowed when we parked at the Stuart River. We shoveled out a spot off to the side to park. While we were camping the plow came and plowed out the entire lot. Not sure if that's common or not? Little Indian Sioux is only plowed about 100ft off the Echo.


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Thanks for that information, and also welcome to the site. Have really enjoyed your winter classes at Midwest and am glad you are bringing that knowledge here.
Ho Ho
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10/10/2014 02:02PM

quote Bearpaulsen: "Also, last February we drove up amid a 12+ snowfall. Echo was one lane, not fully plowed when we parked at the Stuart River. We shoveled out a spot off to the side to park. While we were camping the plow came and plowed out the entire lot. Not sure if that's common or not? Little Indian Sioux is only plowed about 100ft off the Echo."

In my experience, they plow the parking lots at Hegman, Angleworm, and Stuart River, also the public access at Big Lake, but not Moose River North (haven't looked at LIS North). That's not based on a huge sample but several times through there through the years in winter.

BigZig
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10/21/2014 07:46AM
This is excellent information - thanks
Minnesotian
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11/26/2014 03:17PM

Bump to the top.
Minnesotian
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01/04/2015 05:38PM
Bump
TuscaroraBorealis
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03/12/2015 01:20PM
Just wanted to add some information from a recent trip.

South Lake can be accessed from Mayhew Lake Road. The entrance to this road was plowed out and provided parking for at least 6 vehicles. While the remainder of the road was not plowed, there appeared to be sufficient (snowmobile?) traffic to keep a trail open to the north end of Mayhew Lake. From there the trail narrows to that of a typical portage/hiking trail.
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03/12/2015 01:55PM
quote TuscaroraBorealis: "Just wanted to add some information from a recent trip.


South Lake can be accessed from Mayhew Lake Road. The entrance to this road was plowed out and provided parking for at least 6 vehicles. While the remainder of the road was not plowed, there appeared to be sufficient (snowmobile?) traffic to keep a trail open to the north end of Mayhew Lake. From there the trail narrows to that of a typical portage/hiking trail. "


Just remember the portage down to south from topper is absolutely brutal. I couldn't imagine taking a sled full of gear down there or getting it back out. But a base camp on topper with a day trip to south would be very doable.
Minnesotian
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09/28/2015 09:30AM
Bump
Hopefully we get some snow this winter.
TuscaroraBorealis
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10/18/2015 09:08AM

+1
Jaywalker
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12/02/2016 11:16AM
I'd like to suggest adding EP 79 - Eagle Mountain to the list. It's never included in BWCA.com I guess because it's not a canoe entry, but for winter it's an excellent day or multi-day trip up the mightiest peak in Minnesota!. Parking lot is plowed, and trail well used all winter.
12/26/2016 09:12PM
quote Ho Ho: "
quote Bearpaulsen: "Also, last February we drove up amid a 12+ snowfall. Echo was one lane, not fully plowed when we parked at the Stuart River. We shoveled out a spot off to the side to park. While we were camping the plow came and plowed out the entire lot. Not sure if that's common or not? Little Indian Sioux is only plowed about 100ft off the Echo."


In my experience, they plow the parking lots at Hegman, Angleworm, and Stuart River, also the public access at Big Lake, but not Moose River North (haven't looked at LIS North). That's not based on a huge sample but several times through there through the years in winter.


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LI North is not ever plowed. If you want access to Indian Sioux North take the portage trail along the river from the LIS parking lot.
mevans
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01/10/2017 10:09AM
Anyone know if the public access on the west end of Poplar lake is plowed? Or where to park for a few nights?
ellahallely
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03/01/2017 07:55PM
I have never seen it plowed. Stop at Trail center and ask about parking, or call.
03/01/2017 08:17PM
it is not plowed in the winter. check with Trail Center or rockwood or windigo to see if you can park
 
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