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Entry Point 37 - Kawishiwi Lake

Kawishiwi Lake entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Tofte Ranger Station near the city of Isabella; Tofte, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 33 miles. Access is a boat landing at Kawishiwi Lake.

Number of Permits per Day: 7
Elevation: 1653 feet
Latitude: 47.8390
Longitude: -91.1036
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sheeres
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06/18/2009 07:39AM
 
New Trip Report posted by sheeres

Trip Name: The Bear Facts.

Entry Point: 38

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alpine525
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06/18/2009 07:58AM
 
Great trip report - really enjoyed reading it - and the photos were fantastic! In 15 years of BWCA trips, we've never encountered a bear - just a lot of pesty mice and squirrels. After reading your trip report - we'll never camp at a site with fish remains!

Hope you enjoyed your trip -- it looks like you had some great campsites.

Thanks for sharing!

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace. Dalai Lama
wawasee
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06/18/2009 08:03AM
 
The Bear episode was interesting,I have never ran into a Bear in the BWCA. Nice pictures enjoyed your Trip report. I drive from Northern Indiana and it takes around eleven hours. Where in Michigan are you driving from?
rlhedlund
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06/18/2009 08:40AM
 
Glad the bear did not ruin your trip. Too bad you did not have the camera handy. Thank oyu for posting the pics and report. Helps me remember my trip.

Life is Good, Living is Better. Everlasting Life is Best! Pray for Us Amok.
Evenflow
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06/18/2009 09:35AM
 
I hope you didn't eat those mushrooms, those look like false morels and are mildly poisonous to some people.
thlipsis29
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06/18/2009 09:55AM
 
Loved the trip report. Never had to deal with a bear like that and I hope I never have to. Too bad the trip got cut short one day. But things could have been worse.

"While Jesus can make you wonderfully happy, he has no intention of making you normal." Erwin McManus
mwd1976
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06/18/2009 10:23AM
 
Nice report.

Love the canoes, are they the osprey design? looks like stitch and glue construction. Where did you get the plans?

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children -Chief Seattle
dadof6
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06/18/2009 01:03PM
 
What an adventure! Thanks for sharing.

I have a friend who is taking his family to Smoke and Burnt lakes right now. I hope they don't run into your bear friend!



"My life has been a series of campfires." Sigurd Olson
mr.barley
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06/18/2009 03:12PM
 
Yeah, those are false morels. Our group used to eat them all the time until we did some reading. We don't eat them anymore. That said, I've done worse things to my body.

serenity now
tg
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06/18/2009 04:24PM
 
nice trip report sheeres-appreciate it! at one point i couldn't tell if the bear had grabbed the foodpack or it was kevin (i think-whichever one of you screamed:)) running with the pack playing keep away from the bear. i love the image of walking out into the woods to inspect the damage only to come across the sleeping bear-lol!

tg

and into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul
kanoes
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06/18/2009 05:18PM
 
very nice TR, thanks! its awesome to see a bear...from a distance. :)
RoJoYo
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06/19/2009 12:23PM
 
I really enjoyed the report and the pics...and really enjoyed the mental picture I got of the fella on the throne when he encountered the bear. Not good to be bare when encountering a bear. Thanks again.

"You don't stop playing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop playing." B. Franklin
sheeres
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06/19/2009 01:11PM
 
Kalamazoo, but we take the scenic route through Michigan's U.P.

I HATE Chicago traffic.
sheeres
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06/19/2009 01:12PM
 
Plans for 2 of the canoes came from here:

http://www.greenval.com/osprey.html

The other is a spin off from the Osprey called Big Horn:

http://www.lunadadesign.com/category/canoes
SunCatcher
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06/21/2009 09:38PM
 
Awesome Reading about your trip. The Bear part was fascinating.
We are going on the same loop in August.
We were going to run up to Cherokee, base camp and then come down South temperance and around back to Sawbill.
Hope we don't find your furry friend...that would freek me out.
SunCatcher

"WWJD"
jacksup
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06/21/2009 11:08PM
 
Great trip report. Beautiful pictures. I was up with a group of 3 the same time. We came into Burnt the day you were packing and heading to Kelly. Your site was on our list to check, glad we passed!

We stayed at the Southern site on Burnt and heard alot of hollaring and yelling Sunday night from that direction. "We've got two of them" was all I could make out. Sounds like your Bear came back and brought a friend. Our ears were tuned into the forest that night.

We talked to another group on Smoke that had a Bear wander into their camp. Sounds like an active area.

shoreviewswede
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06/23/2009 09:19AM
 
That was a nice read. Thanks for sharing.

Be Nice -Swede
bumabu
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06/23/2009 04:02PM
 
Awesome trip!!! Way to stick it out after the bear.

Who I am precedes what I do, not the other way around.
Trix
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06/24/2009 05:31PM
 
sheeres: Nice report. Glad you didn't let Yogi interfere with the rest of your trip. So was that site with the bear on Burnt #924 from the maps section? We are possibly heading up to that area mid August. probably would want to avoid that site.

C-H-A-L-L-E-N-G-E: Do not let what you cannot do, interfere with what you can do.
lakemannow51
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06/30/2009 02:59PM
 
I've been to the BW over 2o times never seen a bear til last trip 2 yrs ago. Guess what.........same area where your bear was. We were in the tent for the nite and could hear him rustling thru the fire pit and around the shoreline and tent. He let us alone after some whistle blowing and yelling. Next day we could see where he laid down for a nap. That bears home is Sawbill area, have read other stories about bear in the area. Tweo more weeks and will be heading out of Big Sag...
moose plums
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06/30/2009 05:05PM
 
That bear story was hilarious.

"I am haunted by waters"~Norman Maclean "A River Runs Through It"
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