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Entry Point 58 - South Lake

South 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 47 miles. Access is from Gunflint Lake with a 10-mile paddle and two short portages to South Lake. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 2
Elevation: 1561 feet
Latitude: 48.1017
Longitude: -90.5686
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bobsled
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02/10/2011 09:05AM
 
New Trip Report posted by bobsled

Trip Name: winter Camping Gunflint Trail.

Entry Point: 60

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TuscaroraBorealis
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02/10/2011 11:28AM
 
I bet 5 feet of standing water made you take notice?! YIKES!!! Glad it didn't ruin your trip. Going down/up stairway portage had to be interesting:)


Nice report and photos. Thanx for sharing
TB


Wetlander
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02/10/2011 12:14PM
 
I think he said 5 inches... 5 feet would be a lot like swimming!


I am headed to Rose in about a month so thanks for conditions update.


Any fish pics?
alpine525
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02/10/2011 12:32PM
 
Nice trip report - sounds like you had a lot of fun. I've hiked the Stairway Portage in the summer - but would never think of doing it when it's covered with snow!

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Ho Ho
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02/10/2011 12:40PM
 
That was a fun report! Glad you guys got the tent moved before the pressurized lake water soaked it. What were the temperatures like?


SevenofNine
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02/10/2011 12:49PM
 
Thanks for sharing. It's nice to see the trials and tribulations of Ice Fishermen.

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TuscaroraBorealis
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02/10/2011 01:54PM
 
quote Wetlander: "I think he said 5 inches... 5 feet would be a lot like swimming!



I am headed to Rose in about a month so thanks for conditions update.



Any fish pics?"



LOL yeah my bad. senility setting in early I guess? :)
Wetlander
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02/10/2011 01:56PM
 
Na... honest mistake
bobsled
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02/10/2011 02:28PM
 
- The weather was actually very nice. The low on Friday night was roughly around 20 and the high on sat was probably about 30. Coldest it got was roughly 15 and that was on the walk out, but that was a blessing :)


As for Fish, I will not post all the fish :), but here is our Saturday morning catch.
arctic
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02/11/2011 07:11PM
 
Fun read, Bobsled. I've done several winter trips on Duncan and Rose and really enjoy that area, although Duncan has become a zoo due to easy access.


There is a great portage between Rose Lake and Arrow Lake in Ontario and tremendous views from the bluffs overlooking Arrow Lake. Too bad you need an RABC permit to get over there now, and with the US paranoid about floods of illegals and terrorists sneaking in from Canada, I wouldn't go over without the permit.


I can totally relate to the flooding issue you guys had. A buddy and I had a similar experience on Knife a few winters ago when we drill ice holes through a foot-and-a half of ice under deep snow. The water just poured out of the holes and flooded several ACRES of lake ice. It was tough to keep our footwear dry, but we caught some very nice trout and a big pike.

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