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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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dbjerknes
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06/25/2020 08:30AM
 
New Trip Report posted by dbjerknes

Trip Name: 1st Trip with the kids - Cross River to Snipe Lake.

Entry Point: 50

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straighthairedcurly
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06/25/2020 03:16PM
 
Fun! Great video. I am in total agreement with your daughter, "It is gorgeous!" I always love seeing young kids get introduced to the wonders of the BWCA.


Last summer we stayed at that same site on Snipe the first night and the last night of our week long trip. We didn't have any luck fishing from that shore either. I loved Snipe, beautiful lake that most people pass by on Missing Link to Tuscarora or heading from Cross Bay Lake down to Long Island Lake so it was amazingly quiet for a lake so close to 2 entry points.


boonie
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06/25/2020 03:22PM
 
Enjoyed your video! Happy Father's Day! It looked like the kids were enjoying the experience.


I've stayed on Snipe several times. It's a very pretty lake that I like, and often not that busy. I've been "confused" there, too, after looking around while paddling.


Thanks for sharing.
dbjerknes
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06/26/2020 08:46AM
 
I agree! Snipe Lake is a nice hidden gem, but if you're looking for a fishing trip, it may not be the best choice. However, it is a very beautiful lake with many inlets and islands and you may have the entire lake to yourself!
dbjerknes
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06/26/2020 08:49AM
 
Thanks, Boonie, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
One definitely needs to look at the map carefully and utilize a compass for Snipe Lake. It's easy to get turned around! :)
Twins87
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06/26/2020 03:24PM
 
What a fun first trip. Loved the video. We took our kids on their first overnight trip to the same campsite more than a decade ago. So fun to see other kids loving it too! Snipe is such a pretty little lake and quiet for how close to entry points it is. Thanks for sharing!
Eastoff1978
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07/02/2020 04:42PM
 
We're headed to the same place next week (aiming for the Cross Bay site, but glad to hear the recommendation on the Snipe Lake back up). We've been stressing about shoe options for our kids (5 boys between 10 and 16) and of course, there are lots of opinions. Wanted your thought as a family taking kids out for the first time and not necessarily wanting to pick up a bunch of new gear. We are planning a base camp as well, so we'd only probably be doing the portages you did. Thanks ahead of time.
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