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  Last Visit: 06/18/2024 03:18AM

Entry Point 45 - Morgan Lake

Morgan 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 26 miles. Access is a 320-rod portage to Morgan Lake. No campsites on Morgan Lake—short portages to further lakes for campsites. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 1
Elevation: 1845 feet
Latitude: 48.0008
Longitude: -90.4098
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TominMpls
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08/23/2019 11:50AM
 
New Trip Report posted by TominMpls

Trip Name: Poplar Loop - Quick, relaxing trip.

Entry Point: 47

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jillpine
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08/23/2019 12:32PM
 
Soooo nice. Thanks for taking me to one of my favorite places on earth. Love this loop. Love this ep. Loved your sharing it! Thank you so much!


boonie
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08/23/2019 01:07PM
 
Thanks for the report, Tom. I enjoyed hearing about it and the LI to Skipper part. I went the other way from LI to Omega and going up the wall was tough, but I thought I'd rather not go down even if it was dry. My legs are short ;). I haven't found but a site or two I couldn't or wouldn't stay at either.
Spartan2
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08/23/2019 04:23PM
 
I enjoyed your report. Thanks. One of my favorite parts of the BWCA.


We were at Poplar Lake from August 11-18, so some of the time that you were in the area. The weather was wonderful for all of our cabin week, with rain only coming once in the night.


I, too, keep hoping to see the Northern Lights. Still haven't. :-( I turned 74 in July, so I don't know how many more times I can hope to see them, and am thinking we need to be up there later in the year again sometime.
Northwoodsman
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08/23/2019 05:50PM
 
Nice report, it's one of my favorite areas. We went from Cross Bay EP to Poplar back in mid-may. I love those long, narrow lakes. We went right after the snowfall and were the first ones through most of the route. I have never seen so many moose tracks or droppings in my life, but no moose. The portage commonly referred to as "The Wall" is not fun west to east. As we were heading across the lake toward it I got very ill for no apparent reason. I had all I could do to stand up. I managed to carry two paddles across and it took me about an hour. My brother quad-portaged it with all of our gear. We stopped on Omega and stayed there. I had my finger on the SOS button of my InReach for about 2 hours before I fell asleep late afternoon. I woke up the next day and felt fine, but it was a close call.

I can't wait to go back, I think that's my next trip also.
Driftless
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08/26/2019 07:54AM
 
Great report!
Blatz
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08/26/2019 09:09AM
 
Northwoodsman: "Nice report, it's one of my favorite areas. We went from Cross Bay EP to Poplar back in mid-may. I love those long, narrow lakes. We went right after the snowfall and were the first ones through most of the route. I have never seen so many moose tracks or droppings in my life, but no moose. The portage commonly referred to as "The Wall" is not fun west to east. As we were heading across the lake toward it I got very ill for no apparent reason. I had all I could do to stand up. I managed to carry two paddles across and it took me about an hour. My brother quad-portaged it with all of our gear. We stopped on Omega and stayed there. I had my finger on the SOS button of my InReach for about 2 hours before I fell asleep late afternoon. I woke up the next day and felt fine, but it was a close call.


I can't wait to go back, I think that's my next trip also."

Did this same trip last week solo. Yup heading up the wall was a bit of a challenge. I also learned not to underestimate a 20r portage. The one going into Muskeg was interesting. Large rock filled stream up to a Beaver dam. Stayed on Omega as well. Very nice even when the loud talker came by with his group of 2 aluminum canoes with way too short kayak paddles came by. A very rhythmic boom boom boom
MDpaddler
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08/27/2019 08:37PM
 
Great report. We did the same loop at the same time, but it took us 13 days. You must have passed us when we spent our two days on Omega. Yes, we less than fondly recall the bog between Ross and Cave. We both had our 'sinking' experience. But it is a beautiful area, and we did see 5 moose when on Rush - one a nice sized bull. I agree about the sites on Rush; those on Banadad are nicer.
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