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Entry Point 50 - Cross Bay Lake

Cross Bay 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 45 miles. Access is thru the Cross River with two portages to Ham Lake and a 24-rod portage to Cross Bay Lake. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 3
Elevation: 1670 feet
Latitude: 48.0760
Longitude: -90.8222
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Joshuatree43
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06/15/2020 12:05PM
 
New Trip Report posted by Joshuatree43

Trip Name: Adventure trip-Tusc to Little Sag, Gabbi, Peter, Gillis, Brant.

Entry Point: 51

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boonie
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06/15/2020 02:26PM
 
Congratulations on your survival! I enjoyed reading your report, maybe more than you enjoyed the trip :). Quite the adventure. I'm surprised all those campsites were filled. Navigation will improve. I think you made the right choice with the wind. So what's next?
Joshuatree43
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06/15/2020 02:55PM
 
Thanks! Before we even left the parking lot I said, "That was awesome! What's next!?" I think we'll go back up this weekend with the kids and stay at one of the forest service backcountry sites, my back and shoulders are taking a break from portaging. After that, I think we'll have to find something a little more BWCA zen, and a little less adventurous. Hopefully a week long so we can really settle in. I've got a permit for a few days on Brule in august so the kids can swim and take things easy then too. Hoping to check out that little waterfall/swim spot on Vernon if that site if open.
cyclones30
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06/15/2020 05:55PM
 
Nice! You got to see what you're capable of and it looks like that's a pretty darn solid day if you need it to be on another trip. Good lessons learned and nice to have a trip in the park whenever and however it happens
Aldy1
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06/18/2020 01:31PM
 
Great report! Bummer to hear about day 3 but I'm impressed with how you both handled it. I was getting nervous just reading it! Can't believe it was so busy in that area, but I guess it was a Friday. It seems you have walked away with many good lessons and that's all you can ask for.
TagNCo
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06/20/2020 11:14AM
 
Great trip report! I enjoyed reading it. We were over on the Western side of the park between Pocket and North/South for much of our trip during this same period. It was amazing how windy it was across the BDub wasn’t it! We did the same thing most days, early start to try and avoid the wind!

-Travis
ponddigger
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06/22/2020 02:37PM
 
After going through some of the portages you did on Day 3, I can't imagine how long a travel day that was.
I was wondering where you would end up that night! I ended up going past French into Powell, and only saw 1 group come through the next 24 hours! Had the whole lake and both sites to myself, and the lake trout were biting within casting distance of shore.
I also ran into issues with the wind on Gabi, because the route to Kekekabic was perpendicular to the wind at the lake's longest point. It made for a very wet, adrenaline filled, and water logged 45 minutes!
~Blue Kayak Solo
Mad_Angler
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06/22/2020 06:32PM
 
Wow. Nice report.


I read the report. Then, I got out a map to see exactly what you did. That was certainly an adventure. We did about half that in a day (Tusc to Ogish). We were shot. I can't imagine doing twice that...

Fish where the fish are...
Joshuatree43
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06/22/2020 07:21PM
 
ponddigger: "After going through some of the portages you did on Day 3, I can't imagine how long a travel day that was.
I was wondering where you would end up that night! I ended up going past French into Powell, and only saw 1 group come through the next 24 hours! Had the whole lake and both sites to myself, and the lake trout were biting within casting distance of shore.
I also ran into issues with the wind on Gabi, because the route to Kekekabic was perpendicular to the wind at the lake's longest point. It made for a very wet, adrenaline filled, and water logged 45 minutes!
~Blue Kayak Solo "



Dude! I can't even imagine Gabbi in the wind, we were so lucky to have a calm day finally, there wasn't much more than a ripple on even the big lakes when we went through. It was funny how before Gillis the place was empty, we saw 1 boat from the portage out of Little Sag all the way back to the portage to Gillis, and after that (going towards Brant) it was just packed. Guess that was the imaginary line that day. We really want to get back to Gabbi though, I think that was our favorite lake of the whole trip. Just maybe we'll bring a tent this time though.


I was pushing hard to get out that night, thought we'd make it, but once the sun heads down behind the trees and we've basically eaten one meal and maybe drank a liter to 1.5L of water all day, I didn't have much left and knew it was time to stop.
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