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Entry Point 45 - Morgan Lake

Morgan Lake entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Gunflint Ranger Station near the city of Grand Marais, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 26 miles. Access is a 320-rod portage to Morgan Lake. No campsites on Morgan Lake—short portages to further lakes for campsites. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 1
Elevation: 1845 feet
Latitude: 48.0008
Longitude: -90.4098
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TuscaroraBorealis
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10/08/2010 12:38PM
 
New Trip Report posted by TuscaroraBorealis

Trip Name: Captain Morgan.

Entry Point: 45

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nojobro
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10/08/2010 02:27PM
 
Sounds like an awesome trip! I would love to see all the wildlife that you saw. I really want to see moose and otters.


Wow, do I ever wish I was up there right this second, after reading that...sigh. Thanks for the write up!
fishguts
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10/08/2010 06:22PM
 
Nice, thanks....good pics ;-)

fishguts
cowdoc
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10/08/2010 08:45PM
 
Nice report TB. I stayed a night at that Davis site late last sept....those portages in and out of Davis are wild. You really got your money's worth out of the area.

"What could happen?"
ducks
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10/08/2010 08:54PM
 
Great report. Thanks for sharing. My wife wasn't much of a fan of the landing on the Gaskin side of the Gaskin/Winchell portage either.


Do you ever take the "Black Pearl" out on the Mississippi by Clearwater?


Have you been to that new outfitter in Clearwater?

Ride EZ
TuscaroraBorealis
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10/08/2010 09:12PM
 
quote ducks: "Great report. Thanks for sharing. My wife wasn't much of a fan of the landing on the Gaskin side of the Gaskin/Winchell portage either.



Do you ever take the "Black Pearl" out on the Mississippi by Clearwater?



Have you been to that new outfitter in Clearwater?"



Yes to both questions.


In fact I shoulda went down Old man river today. Twas beautiful out.
ducks
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10/09/2010 08:18AM
 
TB.... yes it was quite amazing yesterday. Supposed to be more of the same today. Hopefully can get enough yard work done early to go enjoy it somewhere w/ my wife and kids this afternoon.


I've been trying to come up with places in the area to take the canoe out. We live in Big Lake. We've only had the canoe for a year (bought it last fall from VNO) and have done most of our area paddling at Lake Maria. It's hard to find good places around here to paddle that don't have to many motorboats. I think we'll give the Miss a try sometime.


Do you know of any other good places to paddle in the area?


We keep meaning to stop at that outfitters but just haven't done it yet. Do they have much other than the canoes they rent and sell?

Ride EZ
jb in the wild
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10/09/2010 11:37AM
 
Nice report TB thanks. Now I want a late fall trip.

You can't explain the obvious to the ignorant.
TuscaroraBorealis
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10/09/2010 09:03PM
 
quote ducks: "TB.... yes it was quite amazing yesterday. Supposed to be more of the same today. Hopefully can get enough yard work done early to go enjoy it somewhere w/ my wife and kids this afternoon.



I've been trying to come up with places in the area to take the canoe out. We live in Big Lake. We've only had the canoe for a year (bought it last fall from VNO) and have done most of our area paddling at Lake Maria. It's hard to find good places around here to paddle that don't have to many motorboats. I think we'll give the Miss a try sometime.



Do you know of any other good places to paddle in the area?



We keep meaning to stop at that outfitters but just haven't done it yet. Do they have much other than the canoes they rent and sell?"

They are just getting started. They have some gear for sale & some clothing, books,etc. also. Other than that & the canoes....I think the big service the provide is shuttle service up & down the river. I think it was like $20 per person to St. Cloud or Monticello??


Down here I like heading out on rivers to avoid the crowds & motorboats. I find the fishing is much easier as well. Especially on the smaller streams. The Rum, Crow, Sauk & Platte are all reasonably close. (Within an hour or so) A bit further out are a couple of my favorites. The St. Croix & Kettle. Also, running through Big Lake is the Elk River. I've never paddled it but apparently it is navigable by canoe. I have seen it mentioned in the Paddling Minnesota guidebook.


Trouble is. I sold my beater canoe a couple years back. (Need to get another)The smaller streams are generally a bit to shallow & rocky for my comfort level of bringing the Black Pearl down. Too much wear 'n' tear. So I haven't hit them lately.


Would like to get out down here at least once more before the snow flies.


BTW I have a brother who lives just outside of Big Lake on highway 15.


TB
wawasee
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10/11/2010 01:58PM
 
Excellent trip report! You are a lucky man my wife would never trip it with me into the BWCA.
Beemer01
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10/11/2010 08:26PM
 
Excellent report! I thinks it's great that people are tripping in the BWCA earlier and later in the season.




"You're not serious about wearing sandals on this portage.... are you?"
TuscaroraBorealis
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10/12/2010 02:13PM
 
quote wawasee: "Excellent trip report! You are a lucky man my wife would never trip it with me into the BWCA."


Yes I am.
alpine525
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10/12/2010 04:01PM
 
I really enjoyed reading your trip report - what a wonderful adventure! I especially enjoyed your photos - loved the sunset shot with the overturned canoe. I've been through the Horseshoe/Vista portage several times - gotta love those rocks! You did a great job of bringing some luxury items - beer, a lizzard, and a cribbage game. It sounds like you had fun. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace. Dalai Lama
Savage Voyageur
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10/16/2010 10:26AM
 
Thanks for sharing your trip with us. The hammock and the steaks looked great. I also like the picture of the waterfalls and the both of you.

"So many lakes, so little time." WWJD
TuscaroraBorealis
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10/21/2010 10:43AM
 
quote jb in the wild: "Nice report TB thanks. Now I want a late fall trip."


There's still time ;-)
TuscaroraBorealis
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06/29/2011 08:17PM
 
Since our site on Winchell lake was, almost certainly, where she was conceived? I am happy to announce that Vickie gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl at 8:03 this morning!
AndySG
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06/30/2011 11:53AM
 
Congratulations to Paul and Vicki! What a beautiful child. I can tell she has BWCA lake water in her veins.


Name?

Due to those who lack personal responsibility, the rest of us forfeit our personal freedoms.
Spartan2
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06/30/2011 02:58PM
 
What a beautiful baby! Congratulations and thanks for sharing her photo with us.

We have a canoe-trip baby ourselves, and I think they are always beautiful children. (he is 39 now, but he was a beautiful child.)
vickieh69
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07/01/2011 12:10AM
 
quote AndySG: "Congratulations to Paul and Vicki! What a beautiful child. I can tell she has BWCA lake water in her veins.



Name?"
Aurora Isabel Jean :)

"Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion." ~Democritus
BWPaddler
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07/01/2011 02:40PM
 
CONGRATS mom and dad!! What a sweetie she is and how cool that she'll have her own special BW story before she's even born! If I were sending out a Welcome gift, I'd send you a copy of a favorite book of mine... maybe you already have it or maybe you'll decide to pick it up for the new babe: Aurora: A Tale of the Northern Lights


Enjoy that little bundle of life and sincere congratulations!

Wherever there is a channel for water, there is a road for the canoe. -Thoreau
TuscaroraBorealis
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07/02/2011 09:04AM
 
Thanks for all the well wishes from everyone. And thank you for the book recommendation BWPaddler. It has been ordered!
OneMatch
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07/03/2011 10:48AM
 
quote TuscaroraBorealis: "Since our site on Winchell lake was, almost certainly, where she was conceived? I am happy to announce that Vickie gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl at 8:03 this morning!
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Congrats TB! I'm surprised you didn't name her Winchell!!


Loved the report. I've done that loop as well on a solo trip. Base camped on the island site on Gaskin. I, too, enjoyed the Carl site as well on my first nite in.


Thanks again.

We all have to believe in something. I believe I'll go paddle.
nojobro
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07/17/2011 04:18AM
 
Congrats! She is perfect.
WhiteWolf
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07/17/2011 06:47AM
 
The ending of a great trip. The beginning of a better one.
Congrats!!!




The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.
TuscaroraBorealis
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12/30/2011 06:56PM
 
Added a couple of short videos I recently unearthed to this report.
fitgers1
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01/07/2012 12:25PM
 
Great report, great title!

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson...and...“Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading".
Savage Voyageur
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01/22/2012 03:47PM
 
Thanks for the great trip report, Just the thing to pass the cold afternoon.

"So many lakes, so little time." WWJD
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