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Entry Point 29 - North Kawishiwi River

North Kawishiwi River entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Kawishiwi Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 15 miles. Access the North Kawishiwi River through Ojibway Lake and Triangle Lake using two portages.

Number of Permits per Day: 1
Elevation: 1249 feet
Latitude: 47.9543
Longitude: -91.5641
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HikingStick
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05/19/2010 12:45PM
 
New Trip Report posted by HikingStick

Trip Name: Insula Base Camp (My Wife's First Trip).

Entry Point: 30

Click Here to View Trip Report

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
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wawasee
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05/19/2010 04:38PM
 
I'm glad your wife enjoyed her first trip. I go with my son, he loves the BWCA. My wife wouldn't consider canoeing at all. her idea of camping is staying at the Holiday Inn.
homerun23
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05/19/2010 06:48PM
 
Nice report! Was hoping to see pictograph pictures so I new what I was looking for when I head to Fishdance in June...

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles. ~Doug Larson
HikingStick
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05/19/2010 08:05PM
 
A few photos with the pictographs did make it into my wife's Facebook albums (and she said she made them public, so they should be viewable). Let me know if the links I provided did not work.


Unfortunately, some of our photos didn't turn out well--we were sharing the camera, and I had set it to manual focus. When my wife got it back and started shooting, I forgot to tell her to change it back.

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
landoftheskytintedwater
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05/19/2010 09:42PM
 
HikingStick,


I really enjoyed reading this. Glad you and your wife got to spend time together in the BWCA. Sounds great!
Mongo65
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05/19/2010 09:47PM
 
Thanks for the report and the pics on Facebook. We are heading to Insula om 06/09/10. This data will be helpful.

Sit back, relax, have a home brew.
Savage Voyageur
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05/19/2010 10:37PM
 
Thanks for the trip report HikingStick, very helpful, I will be doing the same trip in two weeks.

"So many lakes, so little time." WWJD
fishguts
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05/20/2010 12:02AM
 
Nice report, you might post some pictures, I'm not a facebook fan, and don't want to be.....but I'd like to see the pictures.

fishguts
SunCatcher
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05/20/2010 06:30AM
 
nice report and great pics...she looks happy!
Charlene likes the Holiday Inn also as Wawawsee said. I think maybe she would do one portage or two and a base camp?
Well done.
SunCatcher

"WWJD"
HikingStick
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05/20/2010 08:22PM
 
I'm adding more photos this evening...

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
HikingStick
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05/21/2010 05:05PM
 
Fishguts, my wife set the albums to be publicly visible, supposedly without needing to sign up for Facebook. I did add some additional pictures to the report, though, in case you'd still perfer not to visit the other site.

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Wolf0503
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05/22/2010 09:00PM
 
Nice report, Were headed to Insula in August, thanks for the preview.
Harv
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05/24/2010 09:03AM
 
nice report
lars54
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05/24/2010 07:20PM
 
thanks for the trip report, sounds like a good trip
HikingStick
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08/05/2011 02:51PM
 
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“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
HikingStick
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08/05/2011 02:51PM
 
In retrospect, we covered too much water for a first day, especially with a newbie. If going up with a green group and considering a similar route, I strongly recommend putting in and camping along the numbered chain, and then pushing further in on day two.

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
paddlefamily
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08/05/2011 03:23PM
 
First off, you two look way too young to have 10 kids. :) How wonderful that you got away. The happiness in your wife's face says it all. She obviously loved it. Thanks for sharing your story.
Spartan2
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08/07/2011 10:56AM
 
I enjoyed your trip report. My husband and I only had two children, but we also took canoe trips (over many years) without children. It is a good way to reinforce your "couple-hood" and learn new things about each other.

But I did find myself wondering--didn't you have rain gear? It seemed to me you got awfully wet on that one day. Of course, it was May, so I am sure it wasn't that warm either. :-) Glad you were able to warm up and sleep well on that long day.

Love the photo of the tent and canoe in the foreground and the misty lake in the background. Beautiful!
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