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Entry Point 14 - Little Indian Sioux River North

Little Indian Sioux River (north) entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by La Croix Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 32 miles. Access is a 40-rod portage heading North from the Echo Trail.

Number of Permits per Day: 6
Elevation: 1364 feet
Latitude: 48.1466
Longitude: -92.2103
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tg
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09/21/2010 04:15AM
 
New Trip Report posted by tg

Trip Name: Solo LIS River North.

Entry Point: 14

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The Lorax
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09/21/2010 04:35AM
 
Nice TR!

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TuscaroraBorealis
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09/21/2010 06:37AM
 
With the way the Vikings played, you shoulda stayed in longer;-)


Nice report & pictures. Thanks for sharing.


TB
Zulu
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09/21/2010 07:19AM
 
TG - Thank you for the great report and photos. The Wildfire is a beautiful canoe and I understand why you get allot of compliments on it.
alpine525
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09/21/2010 08:33AM
 
LIS is a beautiful area - was there just last week. Thanks for a nice trip report and great pictures!

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wawasee
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09/21/2010 08:41AM
 
I wouldn't leave the BWCA for any football game! That's why they invented DVR's. Nice trip report!
cowdoc
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09/21/2010 09:41AM
 
Nice report tg. Took almost that exact route a few years back with the family. Camped on Con Island in Shell for a few days, bypassed Lynx and went straight up into Heritage. The crew almost mutinied on the portage over to Loon. If it wasn't for the wonderful beach and a cool down swim, they would have roasted me. The portage was a little longer than expected....(glad I didn't make a wrong turn on the SH Trail!) Camped a night on E. Loon bay on one of the "up high" sites. The pics of Devils Cascade brought back memories. Thanks for digging them up. Nice Canoe!

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airmorse
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09/21/2010 09:43AM
 
Nice trip report. We will be up in that area next year. Can't wait.




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tg
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09/21/2010 12:44PM
 
thanks everyone for the kind words!


i normally wouldn't schedule a trip around a sporting event (going up for a few days in early october-sure to conflict with my twins in the playoffs) but this was not your average event. hindsight being 20/20 I would have been better off missing the game. but i did have to be in Duluth EARLY on Friday (conference started at 8am) so it wasn't just the game that had me coming out Thursday.


cowdoc-i can see where that one could lead to mutiny! fortunately on a solo there is no one to blame but yourself.


tg

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Koda
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09/21/2010 01:22PM
 
Nice report, tg. You'd have loved the Moose River North - a perfect setting for your freestyle boat. Do you paddle the Wildfire level or heeled?
tg
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09/21/2010 03:12PM
 
Koda-I have paddled the Moose River a few times and you are right it would be perfect for the Wildfire. I generally paddle with it heeled over a bit but still getting comfortable with the boat so I am far from gunnel on the water.


tg

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Koda
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09/21/2010 03:32PM
 
quote tg: "Koda-I have paddled the Moose River a few times and you are right it would be perfect for the Wildfire. I generally paddle with it heeled over a bit but still getting comfortable with the boat so I am far from gunnel on the water.tg"


Last June I took my Mad River Independence (15'8" solo with some rocker) from LIS through LLC and out via Moose R North. I found that a heel angle of about 10-20* was enough to make it track comfortably. I also have a Wildfire, and it seems to want a little more heel to track equally well, with the gunwale about 3-4" from the water. I imagine this view got pretty familiar on your trip.


1BigPaddle
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09/21/2010 08:45PM
 
tg-
Nice photos, It was fun to meet you. Sure made the last few miles go by.. Tell Tim L hi from me..
tg
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09/22/2010 04:08AM
 
very familiar koda:)


ryan-i was just telling tom today that i was surprised i hadn't seen any posts from you since returning. nice to meet you too man!


Rich

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bapabear
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09/22/2010 10:07AM
 
Another cool solo trip report that has me thinking about giving it a try in the near future.


Beautiful canoe!

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Gunflinter
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09/22/2010 01:31PM
 
tg, thanks for the report. We briefly met at Wing Night while someone was holding court on how to properly use your paddle. I needed the advice.

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lars54
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09/22/2010 06:01PM
 
thanks for the report and nice pictures
mwd1976
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09/22/2010 08:11PM
 
Hey Rich, nice report. It's nice to see that Wildfire being used. I miss it sometimes paddling my less flashy white one:) Did you get a good scratch or two in it yet?

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Bannock
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09/22/2010 11:45PM
 
Nice. One of my favorite EPs.

Bannock
tg
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09/23/2010 03:41AM
 
quote mwd1976: "Hey Rich, nice report. It's nice to see that Wildfire being used. I miss it sometimes paddling my less flashy white one:) Did you get a good scratch or two in it yet? " yeah put a couple nice scratches in it!

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SevenofNine
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09/23/2010 11:02AM
 
Nice! Thanks for sharing. Wish I could be that organized!


What pack do you use? I'm looking at new ones and would love some feedback.

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PortageKeeper
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09/23/2010 10:48PM
 
Rich
Great report! Sounds like you had a good time exploring.
I called off my solo for now. It just didn't feel right, and a trip like that has to feel right from the start, or it seems that it's just not supposed to happen. Forcing it just means bad juju for a solo paddler.
Let me know if you're interested in a future hike or paddle in that area.

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tg
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09/24/2010 02:52PM
 
hey joe-i hear you-sorry you had to cancel the trip but understand. i would love to do a hike or paddle. let me look at my schedule.


7-for this trip i used a granite gear solo (on closeout now at Northwest Canoe) which is a really nice 4000 cubic inch pack-portagekeeper has one and likes his too but we probably pack lighter than the average bwca paddler. i also have a larger GG Quetico 5000 cube pack and a smaller GG Vapor Trail hiking pack (<3500 cubes) and really like them both. the Quetico is my go to tandem trip pack. the Vapor Trail is only for UL packing but I have done a short solo with this pack only. i am a huge fan of the comfort of the gg pack's framesheet and harness.


Rich

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Ralphthewonderllama
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09/27/2010 12:21AM
 
I noticed that you scrapped the Lean2 in favor of a tent this time. Any particular reason?
SevenofNine
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09/27/2010 07:30AM
 
quote tg: "hey joe-i hear you-sorry you had to cancel the trip but understand. i would love to do a hike or paddle. let me look at my schedule.



7-for this trip i used a granite gear solo (on closeout now at Northwest Canoe) which is a really nice 4000 cubic inch pack-portagekeeper has one and likes his too but we probably pack lighter than the average bwca paddler. i also have a larger GG Quetico 5000 cube pack and a smaller GG Vapor Trail hiking pack (<3500 cubes) and really like them both. the Quetico is my go to tandem trip pack. the Vapor Trail is only for UL packing but I have done a short solo with this pack only. i am a huge fan of the comfort of the gg pack's framesheet and harness.



Rich"



Thanks for the input on a pack. I think this time around I will buy a pack with some capacity. I appreciate your take on all three packs.

The best part of this journey here is further knowing yourself - Alan Kay
tg
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09/27/2010 09:54PM
 
quote Ralphthewonderllama: "I noticed that you scrapped the Lean2 in favor of a tent this time. Any particular reason?"


well i didn't take the lean2+ but its far from "scrappped":) i find that setting up the lean2 does take the right space and a bit of time. i took the msr hubba because i wanted something really easy to setup and pitchable anywhere. weight wise the hubba and the lean2+ are comparable-size/space wise there is no comparison obviously.


tg

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Camp Cook
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09/28/2010 01:43PM
 
Nice report Rich.
Boppa
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09/29/2010 09:55AM
 
tg,


You describe a nice get away in your TR. The pictures and canoe are great. I also enjoy your equipment assessments/comments, thanks for sharing.
Boppa




















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strom2127
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12/12/2010 04:32PM
 
I'm always looking to pick up any kind of knowledge I can from these trip reports, and the TR responses. Plenty here. Thanks for posting.

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TomT
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12/18/2010 10:07AM
 
I'm envious of your proximity to the BW that enables you to do trips like this. I am pretty sure I will be doing a solo w/dog large loop from ep 14 next Sept. so took some notes. That saw seems like it would make for a fine Fathers Day gift for me.


Also, I thought you were a Warbonnet Blackbird guy? Am I wrong about this?




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Amok
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12/18/2010 01:43PM
 
Knowing TG, he's probably got one of those too! or else it's on his 'wish list' haha

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
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