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Entry Point 49 - Skipper & Portage Lakes

Skipper and Portage Lakes 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 28 miles. Access is a 320-rod portage from Poplar Lake or a 230-rod portage from Iron Lake. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 2
Elevation: 1865 feet
Latitude: 48.0517
Longitude: -90.5366
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petzval
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10/03/2019 08:02AM
 
New Trip Report posted by petzval

Trip Name: 2019 Long Island Lake Basecamp Solo.

Entry Point: 50

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SevenofNine
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10/03/2019 08:58AM
 
Thanks for the trip report. I too have done this trip with and without a trip partner. Nice pictures and I'm glad you enjoyed your time. Don't feel too bad about your navigation error. One time I stayed at that island site and had two guy paddle by and then 1/2 hour later stop at my site because all they had was a big map from a book. They too had missed the channel and really needed a decent map but they made do. Thanks again for the report.

The best part of this journey here is further knowing yourself - Alan Kay
Driftless
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10/03/2019 11:07AM
 
Great photos! Love the moose ones!
Twins87
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10/03/2019 11:09AM
 
Thanks for the trip report - Long Island is one of our favorite destinations. AWESOME photos of the moose. We had a mama and baby crash through the back of our site (#570) in July and eat dinner in our little bay.
LindenTree
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10/03/2019 12:18PM
 
Nice,
That campsite looks like the one I spent a week on during the Famine Fire in 2006.
I was a Taskforce leader, and had 2 crews on that Island right across from your campsite, putting out the fire. The island was about 2/3 bunt over, we saved what was left.


I always wanted to go back there but have not made it back yet.

May the rivers be crooked and winding, and your portages lonesome, leading to the most amazing view.
Othello
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10/03/2019 02:45PM
 
Great report, and fantastic photos. Love the moose sequence. I've only been to the Gunflint side once (Poplar to Winchell via Horseshoe/Gaskin this past spring), and yours is exactly the type of trip I'd like to take in the next year or two. Thanks for sharing.
boonie
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10/03/2019 08:26PM
 
Glad you enjoyed your trip. I like Cross Bay entry and that general area. Hope the knee doesn’t give you any more problems.
petzval
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10/04/2019 06:27PM
 
Thanks to everyone for the kind words and good vibes. Glad you enjoyed the report and photos!


Cheers,
Dave.
straighthairedcurly
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10/06/2019 12:31PM
 
Beautiful pictures! Congrats on the weight loss and I can tell you from experience that your next goal for weight loss will be well worth it. We loved the #2010 island site this summer. It had some awesome erratics, but the best tent sites are back quite a ways from the kitchen area. Glad you found another site to your liking. Hope you get your knee figured out.
30Smoke
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10/10/2019 12:31AM
 
I enjoyed your trip report. I have not made it to that area, but would like to some day. I was hoping to get a fall trip in, but it just hasn't worked out, and it is getting late! This is what I love about the trip reports, even if I can't make it up there, I can read a report and feel like I am there. Thanks for sharing the adventure!
petzval
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10/16/2019 07:20PM
 
Thanks for the comments, straighthairedcurly! I'll get the knee figured out, and I have really been inspired by the weight loss experiences that you have shared. Thanks, also, for your clarifying comments on site #2010 -- I didn't spend enough time there. I'm sure the sunrises on that eastward-facing rock were amazing!


And thank you, 30Smoke, and I'm sorry you couldn't make it on your Fall trip this year. I totally agree about the trip reports and how great they are when you're feeling a bit cooped-up. After getting so much enjoyment out of everyone else's on this forum, I'm glad that anything I might have captured would put a smile on someone's face!


Looking forward to all of our future adventures!


Cheers,
Dave.
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