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  Last Visit: 07/21/2024 07:43AM

Entry Point 16 - Moose/Portage River (North of Echo Trail)

Moose/Portage River (north) entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by La Croix Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 27 miles. Access is a 160-rod portage heading North from the Echo Trail.

Number of Permits per Day: 5
Elevation: 1348 feet
Latitude: 48.1230
Longitude: -92.0991
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sns
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08/28/2020 03:57PM
 
New Trip Report posted by sns

Trip Name: DeWormed (alternate title “As the Worm Turns”).

Entry Point: 20

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"I don't care what you believe. I care what you can prove." -Philosopher & Mathematician JJJ
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MidwestFirecraft
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08/28/2020 05:17PM
 
That was highly entertaining! I really want to see a pic of Charlie...
missmolly
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08/28/2020 05:29PM
 
MidwestFirecraft: "That was highly entertaining! I really want to see a pic of Charlie..."


My thoughts exactly!

I will paddle eternal, Kevlar and carbon.
Northwoodsman
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08/28/2020 05:42PM
 
I have to wonder if this is just a typical adventure for Charlie. Hopefully this was a rarity and not how life goes for the poor guy.
TrailZen
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08/28/2020 06:17PM
 
What great theater! Each act was funny in its own right, and the combination was a scream--after reading/laughing through it for myself, I called my wife in for the second reading. (And thanks for the Kingston Trio/MTA reference--I'm old enough to remember it well, so didn't need to look it up.)


TZ

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. African Proverb
Cricket67
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08/28/2020 08:14PM
 
Short but oh so sweet. Very much enjoyed your yarn. Now I am curious about Whisky Jack Lake. Winter Destination perhaps?

"In wilderness is the preservation of the world" - Henry David Thoreau
airmorse
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08/28/2020 09:54PM
 
Nice!!! I wonder if he ever made it out. Probably still wandering around talking to himself somewhere. Someone will find him next spring still wandering around.

"In wilderness is the salvation of mankind." Thoreau.
bpaddle
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08/28/2020 10:25PM
 
"Did he ever return,
No he never returned
And his fate will be unlearned"


If I remember it went something like that.
straighthairedcurly
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08/28/2020 11:23PM
 
LMAO, I have tears running down my face. That was hilarious! And your reference to MTA was the final crack up to any astonishing story! That song brings back fond memories of singing at camp, but now it has even more meaning!


But in all seriousness, Charlie was incredibly lucky that he stumbled upon you. Hopefully he will learn to use a map and compass in the future.


Thank you, thank you for the cure to a crummy week.
scat
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08/29/2020 05:51AM
 
I enjoyed your writing style immensely. With your humor, I think you could make a great story out of any situation. Beautiful. Me likey!

But what does dewormed mean.
saltdog
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08/29/2020 08:08AM
 
You could have put this report in the "Lost and Found" thread
rtallent
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08/29/2020 10:07AM
 
Great read! Next time I take a wrong turn and am cursing the effort to repair my goof, I will just think of Charlie, and then it won't hurt so bad...
sedges
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08/29/2020 02:05PM
 
For all those folks way too young to have heard the Charlie of the MTA song and the story behind it, here its by the Kingston Trio. It is to the tune of Wreck of the Old 97, an even older train song.


Charlie of the MTA
rtallent
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08/29/2020 03:25PM
 
Thanks for that! My folks had vinyls of the Trio, and I remember some of the songs, some of them fairly racy for the times.... I kinda miss records...
tumblehome
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08/30/2020 07:28AM
 
Obviosly you are a trained writer, or poet, or savant writer perhaps. Well done!


May I say that there are folks, and groups like charlie out there all over in the bwca. I have run into many bizzare situations out there and it is indeed a miricle of our Lord that the paper doesnt have a page dedicated to people who end up in peril such as Charlie.


Tom
sns
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08/31/2020 12:11PM
 
First, thank you for all the kind compliments. Don't worry, my wife is now home and she has my ego back down to normal size.


A photo of Poor Old Charlie? I think he deserves some anonymity!


Whiskey Jack in the winter? Why not! I'd be interested to hear if it has any game fish...perhaps I just suck at fishing. Most likely it has no fish AND I suck at fishing, both.


Scat, DeWormed was perhaps a weak title, just a reference to Angleworm and the truncated nature of the trip. Oh, and I dewormed Cerberus that one time...


Saltdog, love the L&F suggestion!

"I don't care what you believe. I care what you can prove." -Philosopher & Mathematician JJJ
MidwestFirecraft
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08/31/2020 12:56PM
 
sns: "A photo of Poor Old Charlie? I think he deserves some anonymity!"


No, of course. I just wanted you to cover his face so I could see him walking away with his pack like God did for Moses.
boonie
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08/31/2020 02:12PM
 
Charlie had quite the adventure and lived to tell the tale! :)
sns
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09/01/2020 10:11PM
 
Looks like I have a hall pass from my spouse for ReWorming. (That does not sound right, does it?)


Gonna go give the Worm another turn, with one less Charlie.

"I don't care what you believe. I care what you can prove." -Philosopher & Mathematician JJJ
THEGrandRapids
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09/02/2020 02:44PM
 
sns: "Gonna go give the Worm another turn, with one less Charlie."


..... he might still be out there...
dogwoodgirl
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09/02/2020 09:45PM
 
THAT was funny! What a strange trip....poor ol' Charlie

~On to Fort Chipewyan before the snow flies!
cwiener
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05/10/2021 09:31AM
 
That was a great read! I laughed out loud in my empty office like a maniac!


I'm planning a hike around Angleworm this fall. Can you tell me if the campsite on Whisky Jack had a latrine? Thanks!
jillpine
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05/10/2021 01:48PM
 
He may hike forever, 'neath the beamy half-ton. He's the man who never returned.



sns
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05/15/2021 09:25AM
 
cwiener: yes, the Whiskey Jack Lake site has all the accoutrements of a normal bwca campsite, including a latrine.


Of course, Charlie might still be sitting there.


I was worried that it might not be OK to camp there on an overnight paddle permit, but I asked and got the skinny from the Forest Service: totally fine.


I'd like to find out if there are any fish in there...

"I don't care what you believe. I care what you can prove." -Philosopher & Mathematician JJJ
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