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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: 9
Elevation: 1653 feet
Latitude: 47.8390
Longitude: -91.1036
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bryanjp2
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07/28/2009 09:44AM
 
New Trip Report posted by bryanjp2

Trip Name: An out and back for the first time.

Entry Point: 37

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alpine525
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07/28/2009 12:33PM
 
It's too bad the weather didn't cooperate for your first trip - but it sounds like you had a good time anyway. Here's hoping the weather is perfect for your next trip! :)


Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace. Dalai Lama
rlhedlund
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07/28/2009 04:26PM
 
Glad to hear you were inspired to take this trip. Hope I can go once a year for the next twenty.

The weather can be a challenge.

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camp-n-scrap
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07/28/2009 06:05PM
 
My daughter and I were in the same days as you, on Pine. My first trip - we encountered that same weather but we all survived! I can't wait to go back! Enjoyed your report - thanks!

THE EDGE, there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. - Hunter S. Thompson
TomT
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07/28/2009 06:40PM
 
Me and my wife joke that "if we can survive the Boundary Waters together we can survive anything". My first two trips were with her before we were married and we were GREEN! I actually used two paddles lashed to the canoe for a portage yoke. Ouch!

your trip report reminded me of my first couple of times. It's a shame the weather was so nasty but i'm sure you will get some great weeks up there too.

My advice would be to definitely get better portage pads and a lightweight canoe can really help too. Hope you go again. Thanks for posting.

"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." --- George Bernard Shaw
rmpeterson2
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07/29/2009 07:54AM
 
My wife and I had the same kind of trip you did on our first trip. I go back frequently (now with our kids) and she decided it wasn't for her.

Thanks for the trip report.
wb4syth
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07/29/2009 11:04AM
 
Nice report. I think weather is one of the biggest factors in hooking newbies on the BW or turning them away. Good to hear that you saw the potential despite so much rain. And for goodness sakes - get some new portage pads!!!!

"I'm not superstitious. I'm a little stitious" - Michael Scott
bojibob
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07/29/2009 01:45PM
 
Look at it this way.... this will probably (hopefully) be the worst trip you ever take. It's all rainbows from here! I'm glad you both still see the beauty of Canoe Country and have the intelligence to realize you just hit a bad stretch of weather and will be coming back.

"One inch on the map ~ is not one inch on the ground"
520eek
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07/30/2009 02:40PM
 
AAAHHHRGH! I kinda wish my first trip was like that...the rest would most undoubtedly better! Instead my first trip seemed picture perfect..a benchmark for all other trips to come! To bad about the pads. Thanks for sharing!


I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it!
kac7700
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07/30/2009 03:35PM
 
We went in on Kawishawi too and instantly got lost! It looks a lot different once you are on the lake! We also packed way too much stuff, but have learned our lesson. Glad your trip wasn't a total wash out!
bapabear
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08/04/2009 10:54AM
 
Going with your girlfriend's instinct on the first "right or left?" decision turned out to be a smart move. I felt your pain with the canoe digging into your shoulders. I've been lucky regarding not having so much rain on my trips, but then I don't have the experience you do in dealing with it. Thanks for sharing!

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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