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Entry Point 27 - Snowbank Lake

Snowbank 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 24 miles. Access is a boat landing or canoe launch at Snowbank Lake. Many trip options for paddlers. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 8
Elevation: 1191 feet
Latitude: 47.9716
Longitude: -91.4326
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BlindMoose
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06/10/2009 03:46PM
 
New Trip Report posted by BlindMoose

Trip Name: Snowbank Loop.

Entry Point: 27

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Mad_Angler
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06/10/2009 06:49PM
 
I enjoyed your report. I have canoed this area and it was interesting to here about it from a hiker's perspective...

Fish where the fish are...
bumabu
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06/13/2009 08:10PM
 
funny how you find such primitive trails in such a heavily used area. good report

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talusman
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06/15/2009 08:49AM
 
I've hiked Snowbank many times and other BW trails. Snowbank is probably the easiest to follow. Even the clear cut area is developing a tread. The last time I crossed the river to Boot I just waded in knee deep water. It was cold but my feet were wet anyway.
I'm glad you made it and as time goes by you should appreciate it more. Hiking is a great way to see the area around the BW.

He's a rolling stone, and it's bred in the bone; He's a man who won't fit in.
Soledad
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06/15/2009 10:50AM
 
Nice report! Hiking is a tough way to travel the BWCA, but it does have its rewards. There is a reason why only 1% of all permits are for hikers. You will apprecate canoe travel more after your hike.
BlindMoose
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06/16/2009 10:33PM
 
Just finished a hike on the Border Route (got back today!) that was much more pleasurable, though just as rustic, for sure. It was a much better experience when I had some idea what I was getting into. If I get around to it, I hope to put out a report on this one soon as well.
Soledad
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06/16/2009 10:39PM
 
After that report you went hiking again?! That is awesome- the last time I hiked the kek, I said that hiking must be like giving birth. After awhile, you forget about the pain and anguish and still go back and want more.

I am waiting for the report, I am interested in hiking the BRT.
Intothewild
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09/09/2009 10:07PM
 
We hiked the initial portion of the western Kek trail a couple of weeks ago. Our idea was to camp on the Benezie lake for two, maybe three nights, and explore the surroundings from there. When we got to the first bifurcation towards the Becoosin lake, we couldn't makes sense of the trail (I was with my wife a 12 year old son, I crossed the beaver dam alone, and got almost lost in the woods after a small climb). We decided to carry on to the East. Initially, we missed out on the second intersection (although it was well marked, I must confess: someone had even stuck an Old Glory on that very spot, along with other "tell tale" signs...). We went further ahead towards Disappointment lake, hoping perhaps to camp on the shore - then decided to turn back, and took the Benezie loop. Once you get within sight of the lake, the trail becomes fairly hard to penetrate because of the many fallen trees. But we made it to the campground, which was in excellent conditions, unlike the second campground on Benezie, a few hundred yards West of ours, which was in dismal shape. We had a great time on the lake, but the weather wasn't cooperating much, so the next day we made it back to the parking lot. Honestly, the Kek is harder than I thought, but for this very same reason it's all the more intriguing. I am looking forward to get back onto the Kek in the future.
Stumpy
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02/03/2014 10:40AM
 
Enjoyed your trip report.
What I'm wondering is, from that Southernmost campsite on Disappointment Lake, can I pick up the trail that goes to Benezie Lake?
If so, is it difficult or tricky, to follow ?
I'd like to make a day trip, to Benezie.

As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly
Stumpy
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02/03/2014 10:40AM
 
Enjoyed your trip report.
What I'm wondering is, from that Southernmost campsite on Disappointment Lake, can I pick up the trail that goes to Benezie Lake?
If so, is it difficult or tricky, to follow ?
I'd like to make a day trip, to Benezie.

As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly
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