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Entry Point 19 - Stuart River

Stuart River entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Kawishiwi Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 28 miles. Access is a 480-rod portage to the Stuart River.

Number of Permits per Day: 1
Elevation: 1237 feet
Latitude: 48.0955
Longitude: -91.9887
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PineKnot
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08/18/2020 10:43PM
 
New Trip Report posted by PineKnot

Trip Name: Stuart River to LIS Solo - Storms, Insects and Walleye

Entry Point: 19

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Do what you can, with what you have, where you are -- Teddy Roosevelt
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Harv
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08/19/2020 11:27AM
 
One of the best trip reports I've ever read!!


lyontyl
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08/19/2020 01:57PM
 
Great report! I haven't ever soloed up in the BWCA. Not sure if I ever will but I will bear in mind the difficulties of soloing and fishing if I do.
rdgbwca
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08/19/2020 04:25PM
 
Nice trip! You were all over LLC, or so it seemed.


Thanks for the write up. It seems that the Stuart River entry is not to be underestimated.


Very nice pictures from when your camera was working. Looks like you even had the timer function working for a couple of them.
MidwestFirecraft
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08/20/2020 06:46AM
 
Excellent write up. What a blessing to have 14 days. Your report read like a short adventure novel and I was hooked. Thanks for taking the time to share!
cyclones30
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08/20/2020 11:07PM
 
Thanks! That was a great report, I had to read it over 2 different days to get to the end. We stayed 2 nights at your site in Tiger Bay, we also liked that site a lot. I'm not sure if it's the same spot, but we found a point east Snow Bay that just had giant fish on it. The wind was howling that day so we'd get about 2 min per drift on it but that was fun. The unmarked portage was very hard for us to find that day trying to go west back into Snow Bay. We did find it but took probably at least 20 min of getting in and out and checking different spots.


Howling winds by Sanbar Island don't sound like much fun.
Cricket67
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08/21/2020 08:35PM
 
Thank you for sharing! Great report and what a great experience! Congrats on the 28" Walleye and the overall fishing success, really helped to have the depth finder along. Stuart river did not sound like a good time.


I have never been to the area but am planning a solo next spring in on 14, likely out on 16. Am not sure how much I will be on the big lakes (Loon/LLC) and how much I will stick to the smaller ones, but this is some great input that might help me decide that there needs to be some quality time spent on LLC.

"In wilderness is the preservation of the world" - Henry David Thoreau
Nigal
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08/22/2020 07:14AM
 
A fellow Buckeye! I’m just up the road from you a ways in Piqua. I’m heading in for a week solo exploring the area just south of LLC out of ep 16. Not looking forward to the drive.

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." -Bilbo Baggins
bentshaft
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08/22/2020 11:48AM
 
Great trip and report! Felt like I was there with you!
PineKnot
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08/22/2020 12:27PM
 
Nigal: "A fellow Buckeye! I’m just up the road from you a ways in Piqua. I’m heading in for a week solo exploring the area just south of LLC out of ep 16. Not looking forward to the drive. "


Hi. Yeah I hear ya on the long drive. I'm also heading back for 2 more weeks via EP16 on Sept 2. Not sure exactly the route but Iron is one place for sure and probably Lady Boot Bay. Enjoy your trip and safe travels.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are -- Teddy Roosevelt
Nigal
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08/22/2020 04:16PM
 
PineKnot: "Nigal: "A fellow Buckeye! I’m just up the road from you a ways in Piqua. I’m heading in for a week solo exploring the area just south of LLC out of ep 16. Not looking forward to the drive. "



Hi. Yeah I hear ya on the long drive. I'm also heading back for 2 more weeks via EP16 on Sept 2. Not sure exactly the route but Iron is one place for sure and probably Lady Boot Bay. Enjoy your trip and safe travels."



I’m going in Aug 29. If ya see a big doofus in a white Prism throw a rock at me.

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." -Bilbo Baggins
PaddleAway
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08/22/2020 09:02PM
 
Great report & nice pictures!
CStoke
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08/28/2020 04:48PM
 
Great report. Read through the whole thing with my morning coffee. I went through Stuart in June. On the Dahlgren river, the Mergansers with their babies did the same thing to us! Those were some beautiful Lakers on Lac La Croix. Good fishing report. You really covered some ground. Thanks for sharing.
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