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Entry Point 69 - John Lake

John Lake entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Gunflint Ranger Station near the city of Grand Marais, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 69 miles. Access from Little John Lake. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 1
Elevation: 1217 feet
Latitude: 48.0547
Longitude: -90.0569
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hobbydog
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04/01/2018 04:24PM
 
New Trip Report posted by hobbydog

Trip Name: Early Ice out 2012.

Entry Point: 70

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The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Mocha
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04/01/2018 06:01PM
 
thanks for writing up this trip report! was just breezing through photos of that early spring and then seeing the weather report for more snow tomorrow. ugh.


i remember you posting that photo of Koop watching the sunrise and thinking what a smart dog he is, soaking up the wilderness.


a great trip for you both. hope your new dog loves tripping as much as Koop.
MrFeesh
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04/01/2018 06:43PM
 
Thanks for sharing.
That is a great trip report and wonderful pictures. I could almost taste those fillets.
Seems like winter is unwilling to let go this year.
Sorry about the untimely passing of Koop.


dan
TomT
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04/01/2018 07:42PM
 
Nice report and pics! What happened to your dog? That is a real shame to lose him at such a young age. He seemed to be the perfect canoe dog.




"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." --- George Bernard Shaw
hobbydog
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04/01/2018 08:10PM
 
TomT: "Nice report and pics! What happened to your dog? That is a real shame to lose him at such a young age. He seemed to be the perfect canoe dog.
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He was a one of a kind dog. He could vocalize to the point of almost talking. The cold water didn't bother him, in fact he loved it. On this trip he started swimming out from the camp site for no reason and just kept swimming. I was starting to worry about him. After about 100 yards he turned around and came back. He was wet the whole trip. Great canoe manners. In August of that year he started throwing up on a Friday. Took him to the vet on Saturday. They said it looked like a mass in his lower stomach. Took him to the U of M Vet clinic in the afternoon. They were going to do surgery on Monday but the tumor ruptured Sunday morning and he bleed out. Tough way to lose a dog.

The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
boonie
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04/01/2018 08:12PM
 
Nice report, beautiful pictures. Enjoyed that.
landoftheskytintedwater
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04/02/2018 06:58AM
 
Awesome, great report and great photos.
TomT
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04/02/2018 08:03AM
 
hobbydog: "TomT: "Nice report and pics! What happened to your dog? That is a real shame to lose him at such a young age. He seemed to be the perfect canoe dog.
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He was a one of a kind dog. He could vocalize to the point of almost talking. The cold water didn't bother him, in fact he loved it. On this trip he started swimming out from the camp site for no reason and just kept swimming. I was starting to worry about him. After about 100 yards he turned around and came back. He was wet the whole trip. Great canoe manners. In August of that year he started throwing up on a Friday. Took him to the vet on Saturday. They said it looked like a mass in his lower stomach. Took him to the U of M Vet clinic in the afternoon. They were going to do surgery on Monday but the tumor ruptured Sunday morning and he bleed out. Tough way to lose a dog. "



That's a tough loss for sure. You know, it's very similar to the way I lost my 11 year old Border Collie. He was fine but slowing down a little on our walks. Then one day he jumped on the couch and rested his head in my lap. He never came on the couch unless we invited him to. I thought it was odd then after a minute he stretched out and went stiff with mild convulsions and wimpering.


It was a Sunday so we rushed him 20 minutes to the nearest open vet. He had tumors in his stomach and I was told it would be best to put him down. Worst day of my life right there. At least I was able to comfort him on the table as they gave him the final shot. It's the only time I have cried as an adult.


"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." --- George Bernard Shaw
Pinetree
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04/02/2018 09:39PM
 
In 2012 we fished a couple of lake trout lakes March 30 and 31 from canoe in 2012 before season closed that winter-spring up the Gunflint. Many were just like 40% open water. So you had to watch the ice movement and we were on small lakes so we could portage if we had to. I think we caught like one small lake trout total but it was neat just getting up there in March in Canoe.
MN_Lindsey
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04/03/2018 06:40PM
 
Awesome trip report. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Little John is an area I've wanted to try, and this just gave me another reason.


Man that photo of the lake with the moon up. AWESOME!

“The Wilderness holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask.” - Nancy Newhall
Banksiana
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04/04/2018 06:32PM
 
I took a trip at about the same time in the Q. Stayed a little too long. This is what I woke to on my "last" morning (Argo Lake). Did not manage to make it back to Mudro in a day.

Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s going to die.
BeaV
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04/06/2018 09:01AM
 
Great trip report hobbydog, and definitely one of those trips to be remembered.
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