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Entry Point 62 - Clearwater Lake

Clearwater Lake entry point allows overnight paddle or motor (10 HP max). 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 33 miles. Motors allowed on Clearwater Lake only. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 2
Elevation: 1673 feet
Latitude: 48.0702
Longitude: -90.3752
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AlexC
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07/16/2020 08:51PM
 
New Trip Report posted by AlexC

Trip Name: First BWCA Trip.

Entry Point: 64

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scotttimm
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07/17/2020 11:51AM
 
Hey Alex - looks like you had an amazing time, great report. The pictures are gorgeous, and glad to hear you had success fishing. I was on a backpacking trip once where the outfitter forgot a whole dinner and a whole breakfast for 10 teenage boys - we also fished, rationed, and made well with what we had.
One thing to note - and please don't take this as a criticism - but it is generally frowned upon to add to camp furniture or to build fish holding areas with rocks on the shoreline. It's a LNT thing. Some folks (I don't get this one) feel the same way about leaving firewood...but I feel like that's an awesome courtesy and we try to do so as discreetly and cleanly as possible when we leave camp as well.
Thanks for taking young ones out, it is important, and I hope you have similar success in the future!
Porkeater
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07/17/2020 01:29PM
 
Glad you had an enjoyable trip.
cyclones30
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07/17/2020 05:32PM
 
Thanks for sharing, glad it was a good experience.
mschi772
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07/17/2020 06:09PM
 
scotttimm: "HOne thing to note - and please don't take this as a criticism - but it is generally frowned upon to add to camp furniture or to build fish holding areas with rocks on the shoreline. It's a LNT thing."


Fish corrals are a big no-no. Bushcrafted structures and furniture are also a no-no.


No major harm done, and it is understood that no one can be perfect--there are a lot of people doing far worse especially these days--but I (and others) would still appreciate a little more LNT mindfulness on future trips if you could.


Sounds like a great trip, and I'll be in a nearby area in a couple weeks myself.
AlexC
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07/18/2020 07:12AM
 
Lesson learned on the fish corral. Boys were trying to protect their catch from the snapping turtle. However, furniture was already present - several big logs on top of small ones to form benches, so we added to them at one campsite to improve it thinking it would be better than we left it. Next time we will think differently. Thanks for the info.
OneMatch
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07/18/2020 08:40AM
 
2 adults and 8 boys. So there were 10 people in your group?

We all have to believe in something. I believe I'll go paddle.
missmolly
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07/18/2020 09:19AM
 
"Least used item; extra clothes."


I have the same experience! Have you ever read the Jack London short story, "To Build a Fire"?


If you haven't, there's a guy in the winter bush who treasures his matches so much that he doesn't use them and dies.


That's me and my clean clothing: I treasure my clean clothing so much that I don't don them and that sweet pine Northwoods scent dies.

I will paddle eternal, Kevlar and carbon.
rdgbwca
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07/18/2020 12:36PM
 
OneMatch: "2 adults and 8 boys. So there were 10 people in your group?"


I wondered the same thing at first:


"We divided into two groups, one of 7 and one of 3 as we had two different permits - one for EP62 and one for EP64"
straighthairedcurly
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07/18/2020 05:30PM
 
Glad you were camped close enough to fix the food issue. I have always packed my own food, so your experience has reinforced why. Sounds like a fun trip and lots of successful fishing.
AlexC
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07/18/2020 06:41PM
 
No, two campsites and two permits - 9 is the max together per the permit.
Joshuatree43
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07/18/2020 09:13PM
 
Thanks for the trip report, sounds great. Thought I'd show you this regarding your thoughts on wishing you had a bucket. Here's the one I bought, dirt cheap and very useful for everything from hauling dirty dishes back into the woods for washing to, of course, putting the fire out: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DLP3M2N/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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