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Entry Point 24 - Fall Lake

Fall Lake entry point allows overnight paddle or motor (25 HP max). This entry point is supported by Kawishiwi Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 7 miles. "Access is a boat landing at Fall Lake. Several trip options to Newton, Basswood, & Mud Lakes with additionalportages." This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 14
Elevation: 1324 feet
Latitude: 47.9527
Longitude: -91.7213
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DrBeabout
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07/08/2020 01:28PM
 
New Trip Report posted by DrBeabout

Trip Name: Day trip to Moose & Wind, failed to reach Wind Bay & Basswood.

Entry Point: 25

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GopherAdventure
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07/08/2020 01:44PM
 
Thanks for sharing. Awesome that you got to see a moose. Its amazing how large they are. Sorry you didn’t find the portage. It probably didn’t help that the water levels were so low. I did a winter trip into Wind in January and I was going to say trip over to Basswood via that same portage, but I didn’t trust the ice because of beaver activity and lots of spots where I could see water. I’m hoping to head back there on a day trip sometime this summer. I wish you could have checked out Washte, I’ve heard it’s pretty. I’m impressed by your 13 year olds portaging skills, give him a pat on the back from all of us! Thanks again.


Tony

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DrBeabout
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07/08/2020 02:25PM
 
Yes- water levels in Wind were about 1 1/2- 2 ft. lower than normal- per the markings on the shoreline. Definitely didn't help.
straighthairedcurly
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07/09/2020 10:24PM
 
Awesome moose encounter! Pretty impressive for the 13 year old. Typically canoes are a rough carry until about age 15 or 16 when your shoulders are wider. Love the mud story...brings back plenty of memories. Thanks for the write up.
Cricket67
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07/23/2020 05:20PM
 
Wind will always have a special place in my heart as it was a common destination in my college days. If you try this again next year I suggest you try to make it over to Indiana. I have not been there for longer than I care to think about but I know there used to be a really cool beaver dam/pond near the portage. I also caught the biggest largemouth of my life on Indiana right in from of the portage.

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