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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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straighthairedcurly
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02/15/2021 09:02AM
 
New Trip Report posted by straighthairedcurly

Trip Name: Frost River and Beyond with Bear, Hobbit, and Mountain Goat.

Entry Point: 50

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straighthairedcurly
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02/15/2021 10:45AM
 
Oops, hit publish accidentally. Update: I finished putting in all the photos.
Pinetree
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02/15/2021 04:00PM
 
nice report from a very nice area
JD
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02/15/2021 10:37PM
 
Lovely report! Sounds like it was a great trip, and you did very well for campsites. Getting going as early as possible certainly has its merits.


Thanks for sharing!
TrailZen
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02/16/2021 07:49AM
 
Great report--love the maps and photos. Thanks for the fresh-water sponge ID--we've seen them in places but didn't realize what they were.


TZ

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. African Proverb
naturboy12
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02/16/2021 10:50AM
 
Thanks for sharing your adventure, you had a little bit of everything thrown your way with heat, wind, and rain. Last summer was so busy everywhere, and you're right about the early starts being the key to getting sites that you preferred.


I hope to get my version of your Mountain Goat to come back to the BW for my trip this summer, but only time will tell. Those younger fresh legs/backs sure make the portaging easier!
rdgbwca
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02/17/2021 09:59AM
 
Lots of nice photos documenting this trip.


Looks like Mountain Goat is wearing a vintage PFD. I don't think they make them like that any more.
missmolly
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02/17/2021 10:45AM
 
I'm still reading, but these are my initial impressions:


Bear is mighty.


Goat is sleepy.


Hobbit is fine writer.


However, I'm still puzzled by the genetics of a bear and a Hobbit mating and the Hobbit giving birth to a mountain goat. Who knew?

I will paddle eternal, Kevlar and carbon.
straighthairedcurly
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02/17/2021 07:36PM
 
TrailZen: "Great report--love the maps and photos. Thanks for the fresh-water sponge ID--we've seen them in places but didn't realize what they were.



TZ"



I had never seen them before and researched them when we returned. They were amazing to see. One of the U of MN campuses (Crookston, I think) has done some genetic studies of freshwater sponges around the state, so I sent them info on the location if they continue their studies.
straighthairedcurly
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02/17/2021 07:37PM
 
rdgbwca: "Lots of nice photos documenting this trip.



Looks like Mountain Goat is wearing a vintage PFD. I don't think they make them like that any more."



That is definitely a vintage PFD. It was my original whitewater PFD. He replaced it after that trip, but had a hard time finding one he liked as well. Finally found one that met his requirements at Joe's Sporting Goods. I have another trip report in the works and he is wearing the new one in those pictures.
straighthairedcurly
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02/17/2021 07:40PM
 
missmolly, you crack me up. We had a good laugh over your comment. It must be something in the water :)
missmolly
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02/17/2021 08:07PM
 
straighthairedcurly: "missmolly, you crack me up. We had a good laugh over your comment. It must be something in the water :)"


I'm glad I made you laugh!

I will paddle eternal, Kevlar and carbon.
30Smoke
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03/01/2021 09:00AM
 
I really enjoy your trip reports. When you got to the Frost River I was thinking back to your trip through the PMA. I do not think I am ready for that much adventure, but this trip looks doable. As you were getting closer to the the Louse river, i was thinking of the horror stories I have heard about the portages between Dent and Boze lakes. I have never been to the parts of the BWCA you went through, but it looks like fun and I may need to add this at some point to my growing list of places to visit. Especially the Frost River portion, I see a lot of reports of people traveling this. Thanks for taking the time to put this report together.

"it is tough to beat a person who doesn't quit" - famous philosopher George Ruth
straighthairedcurly
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03/01/2021 09:07PM
 
Glad you enjoyed it. I am going to tackle the Louse this year on my solo. Going to do a lot of ankle conditioning exercises before I tackle those rocky portages. When you do the Frost, just have a good mental attitude to handle loads of beaver dam pullovers. Beautiful though.
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