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01/13/2011 12:50PM
It is time to start the January 2011 Photo Contest.

First an important note. If you see that you have won the contest or a prize in the contest, please email your address and choice of hat, shirt, or bandanna to me.

As people are hard at work planning their trips, I thought this would make an appropriate theme for the month.

The theme for this month's contest is "Entry Points".

Monthly Category: Entry Points

Prize: BWCA Hat, Shirt or Bandanna.

Additional Prize of leather work from Dicecupmaker with the flying moose on it. Thank you Dicecupmaker!

Thanks to Cooke Custom Sewing (CSS) for sponsoring the year end prize.

Remember 1 entry per person please. This helps us vote accurately.

- You must be signed in as a member with a valid email address in your profile to enter (or win).
- You can only enter one photo per monthly contest. You can enter the same photo if it did not win in a previous month.
- You must be the photographer of the photo and have the rights to post it.
- Photos are entered in the contest by making a reply posting to this message and using the "Add a photo to this message" link during composition. This will allow you to upload a photo from your computer to the contest or allow you to select a photo which you have already loaded into your photo gallery on this site. If you want to enter your photo in another way, please contact us.
- Please describe in the message the location of the photo.
- Judging will be done by the staff and moderators.
- A member may win once per year.
- Photos must be posted to this thread by 11:59pm on Jan 31st.
- Photos must be in jpg (jpeg) format and uploaded to the site.

Contact me if you have something in a different format or are having problems uploading to the site.

Thank you for participating!


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01/13/2011 12:57PM

EP # 14, Little Indian Sioux the put-in point after the portage from the parking lot, August 1997
01/13/2011 01:03PM

Missing Link
01/13/2011 05:11PM
Leano Lake entry, WCPP. a working photo.
01/13/2011 06:09PM
Little Indian Sioux South -- July 2008
01/13/2011 07:30PM
Beaverhouse landing
01/13/2011 08:33PM
Ram Lake EP#44
01/13/2011 08:35PM
#43 McAree, Brewer Rapids just below McAree Lake, Quetico 2005 fishguts
01/13/2011 08:36PM

Hog Creek EP #36 July 2010
01/13/2011 08:42PM
01/13/2011 11:57PM

Entry Point #30. Lake One. At the End of the Road.
01/14/2011 01:00AM
Prairie Portage is kinda an entry point right? Anyhow thanks for the shirt. 2010, haha
01/14/2011 08:18AM

EP 43 Bower Trout
01/14/2011 08:50AM

Trail head EP #33. Last pic of the 2010 trip. Not even the long trial could wipe the smiles off our faces!
01/14/2011 10:42AM
Lake One entry point.

01/14/2011 05:09PM
Lizz Lake entry
01/15/2011 12:54AM
bearskin, hungry jack entry point

01/15/2011 09:02AM
Clearwater Lake. This isn't actually the entry point to the BWCA, but is the dock at Clearwater Lodge, where you would begin your trip. You can, theoretically SEE the entry point in the photo. :-)

Taken on September 22, 2005 at 6:30 AM.

01/15/2011 10:52AM

Little Indian Sioux North.
June 2010
01/15/2011 04:29PM
I just realized that after 30 years of tripping I don't have one picture of an entry point.
01/15/2011 05:14PM
That is an interesting comment, gutmon. I was surprised when I really began looking, to find that I have very few, and most of them aren't good photos at all. At first I thought "Oh, there must be lots and lots!" and when I actually began looking. . . .

Must be we are just too much in a hurry to get out there. Not a bad thing, either.
Ho Ho  
01/15/2011 05:55PM
Slim Lake Entry Point, May 8, 2008. We had to do a bushwhack portage at the EP to get to the open water of the main body of slim in this late-ice-out year -

01/15/2011 07:05PM

Lake One landing
01/15/2011 08:04PM
gutmon, Spartan2... I only started taking pictures of the most mundane things on our trips over the past 4 years or so... washing dishes, gathering wood, playing cribbage, tent setups, etc. Maybe it was influenced by seeing pictures of my parents and grandparents in normal everyday settings with backgrounds that told so much... the old appliances and big-finned cars in the driveway, etc.

So, I'm lucky to have 6 or 8 entry point pics. But you're right: they tell a story but none of them are very good, probably because we are all in such a hurry to get out there. Oh, and we have tried to do a group shot at the entry point sign ever year, usually on the way out, with spotty success. (Last year's group shot was at the Ely Steak House, one of the finer exit points around.)

Here's our normally organized group, in the typical giddy, haphazard formation that they assume every time upon entry.
North Kawishiwi River August 2010:

01/15/2011 08:26PM
Last summer. Check out the shirt.

01/15/2011 09:58PM
Crossbay.....June 09
01/15/2011 10:05PM

Start of portage from Poplar Lake to Skipper Lake, Entry #49 - 2008
01/16/2011 07:24AM
devyn nina moose entry 2009. sorry i couldnt pick between these two!

Canoe Dude  
01/16/2011 02:38PM
Hegman entry, midway down the trail to the put-in
01/16/2011 04:22PM

Isabella Lake Entry Point - Packing Out the Gear
01/16/2011 05:42PM

Contemplating Camdre
01/16/2011 06:27PM

Brule Lake - July 2009
01/16/2011 06:54PM
Cross Bay.

01/16/2011 08:13PM
Entry #68 McFarland on our way to Pine.
01/16/2011 10:29PM
EP 9 looking south on the LIS river.

Old Hoosier  
01/17/2011 03:28PM
Beaverhouse entry into the Q

Old Hoosier

01/17/2011 07:39PM
Portage to Ram Lake - EP #44
01/17/2011 08:16PM

Sand pit before EP#43 Bower Trout May 2009.
01/17/2011 08:50PM
01/17/2011 11:22PM
lake one
01/18/2011 08:21AM

Ram Lake. This is the breathtaking view from the top of the portage into Ram lake. The Ram lake EP starts with steeply graded 80 rod portage up to Ram. This view can be had if you stop at the top of the portage and look back the way you had just climbed.
Ho Ho  
01/18/2011 11:41AM
Those Ram Lake EP photos are great with the hills in the background. Guess I'll have to make the trek over to the east side some time.

01/18/2011 11:57AM
quote nicek: "
Sand pit before EP#43 Bower Trout May 2009."

Bad case of CWD?
01/18/2011 12:46PM

I thought I'd use this picture because it is a seldom used entry to the BWCA. Entry Point 49 is most commonly accessed via Skipper Lake. However, the permit is also valid entering through Portage Lake. Portage Lake is accessed by first paddling through Iron Lake (Gunflint Trail). The picture is the put-in on Iron Lake.

After Jim and I got launched, and before we even started to paddle, we saw this ...

We also saw him when we came out.

Note, too, that Iron Lake has a small campground, perfect for the night before/after your trip.
Rich Mahogony  
01/18/2011 07:58PM

Early Morning on Brule.
01/18/2011 08:56PM
1984 at the Homer Lake landing.

01/19/2011 12:08AM
quote BigZig: "quote nicek: "
Sand pit before EP#43 Bower Trout May 2009."

Bad case of CWD?"

Chronic Wasting Disease, or wolf pack, or death from natural causes I guess. We have came up with several scenarios.
01/19/2011 09:47AM
quote Ho Ho: "Those Ram Lake EP photos are great with the hills in the background. Guess I'll have to make the trek over to the east side some time."
Thanks. The portages in that area go through the Misquah Hills-- a beautiful but rough area to trek through. Pack light if you decide to enter on Ram and have some sturdy footwear for portaging. The worst portages are from the parking lot to Ram (103 rd); from Rum (not Ram) to Little Trout (62 rod); from Little Trout to Misquah (230 rd).
01/19/2011 11:01AM
Absolutely beautiful area. Visited Misqua Hills last spring. Outstanding wilderness. Have been able to see 4 Moose in two days span. Early spring provides for spectacular views through just developing foliage of the trees. Will go there again some day.
01/19/2011 01:39PM

This is Magnetic Lake #57. You have to put in on Gunflint Lake; this image is just after crossing into the BWCA on Magnetic Lake.

I selected this image for several reasons:
1. It shows the vegetation prior to the Ham Lake Fire (we did this trip in May, 2004).
2. It shows Tabitha wearing a Superior North life vest. SN was also a victim of the Ham Lake Fire.
3. This was our first trip into the BWCA. The Lake was like glass, and the skies blue, though it was about 40 degrees. This would be the nicest weather of the trip.

So glad to see so many images of #14, LIS North. One of my favorites, and my own image was a close second to this one.
01/19/2011 02:13PM
Done with the Snake (River) August 2009
01/19/2011 04:20PM
I really did not want to leave. Cross Bay Lake EP.

01/19/2011 09:15PM

Kids in the woods. Fall 2010. Hegman Lakes EP 77.
01/19/2011 10:24PM
quote nicek: "
Sand pit before EP#43 Bower Trout May 2009."

Wow...You guys must have been hungry!
01/20/2011 09:25AM
Fall Lake EP, you can see the dock at the very far left of the picture.


Old Hoosier  
01/20/2011 11:26AM
quote paddlefamily: "
Kids in the woods. Fall 2010. Hegman Lakes EP 77."

That is a truly priceless photo.

"Babes in the woods" of the most precious kind.

Old Hoosier
01/20/2011 11:42AM
Entry point 68

01/21/2011 10:50AM
Quetico EP 43 McAree Lake via "Black Robe" Portage. --OldGreyGoose
01/21/2011 04:19PM
Mudro first morning.

01/21/2011 07:01PM
I too have very few pictures of entry points. I bet we have more next year! This photo is of the Brule Lake landing, the only picture I could find at the moment.
01/22/2011 11:16AM
Moose River Panorama
Entry Point 16
October 2006

01/22/2011 11:21AM
This is my family as we embarked upon the wilderness of the BWCA! Entry point #55 Lake Saganaga
01/22/2011 01:00PM
Heading to an unnamed lake deep in the Wabakimi

01/22/2011 04:06PM
Entry point 69

01/22/2011 04:13PM
A couple more of entry 68

01/22/2011 08:19PM
quote griswold: "

Trail head EP #33. Last pic of the 2010 trip. Not even the long trial could wipe the smiles off our faces!"

Hope you had OJ's attorney and were acquitted.
01/25/2011 10:18AM
quote Old Hoosier: "quote paddlefamily: "
Kids in the woods. Fall 2010. Hegman Lakes EP 77."

Great photo! The most courageous camper took this photo. Four girls in the woods had to be scary!!
01/25/2011 07:51PM

Entering the BWCA on Sawbill Lake.

01/26/2011 08:04AM
EP 27 Snowbank.
01/26/2011 11:04AM
Trout Lake- Bass
01/26/2011 12:30PM
EP #16 - Moose River North

01/26/2011 06:59PM
quote 1BigPaddle: "quote Old Hoosier: "quote paddlefamily: "
Kids in the woods. Fall 2010. Hegman Lakes EP 77."

Great photo! The most courageous camper took this photo. Four girls in the woods had to be scary!!"

They did awesome and really took to it. Never saw any wildlife thanks to all the noise. We actually had 5 kids. Lone boy is down the trail somewhere.
01/26/2011 08:38PM
Team Martin at EP30 heading into Lake Two for a quick September trip. Two adults, six kids, and one dog in two canoes. Stephanie was 8 months pregnant at the time with kid #6. Honestly, I didn't think I could get her to go, but she was determined to paddle into the BW one more time that fall.
01/27/2011 04:59PM
Seagull May '09 exit at the EP.
01/27/2011 09:17PM
Going though all my photographs this is the best entry point photo I have, kind of sad. EP #68 Pine Lake, though the photo is McFarland...
01/29/2011 02:06PM

The end of the 320 rod portage into Meeds lake, I have never been so happy to see water in my life.
01/29/2011 08:53PM

Not really an entry point, but the public landing on Poplar Lake leads to 3 entry points - Skipper, Meeds, and Lizz. We've done all three! This was a very early morning start!
01/29/2011 10:23PM
Waiting for our Tow after coming out on splash.
01/30/2011 10:26PM
Fall Lake July 2010
02/11/2011 12:51PM
I hope paddlefamily and Navigator win cause those are some great pics.
02/16/2011 06:08AM

The winner of the photo contest is "paddlefamily". The trip report contest winner is "Oneofmanyblessings".

The extra prize goes to "dring".

Congratulations to our winners! Thank you everyone for entering!
02/16/2011 09:16AM
A deserving winner.

Adam, how was lunch with Joel?
02/16/2011 09:14PM
Geez. Thank you. Made all the kids renditions of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" while paddling, worth the reward.
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