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Entry Point 26 - Wood Lake

Wood Lake 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 13 miles. Access to Wood Lake is a 180-rod portage. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 2
Elevation: 1361 feet
Latitude: 47.9691
Longitude: -91.6001
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smuts
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09/29/2011 12:07PM
 
New Trip Report posted by smuts

Trip Name: Finally a solo.

Entry Point: 26

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Not every turtle has a campsite; but every campsite has a turtle.
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TuscaroraBorealis
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09/29/2011 12:39PM
 
Nothing like a trial by fire first solo eh? :) Thanks for taking/posting the pictures of the old locomotive. Cool beans.


Thanks for taking the time to share your story & photos.
inspector13
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09/29/2011 01:04PM
 

According to the Minnesota Historical Society the vessel was called the Bull-of-the-Woods. The article also mentioned that scows like these, although serving common purposes, were often one of a kind in appearance. A synonym for this type of vessel was also said to be an alligator. That was term that the poster arctic used.


The pictures on this website look different than yours though. I wonder if it tips with lake levels or if there are two different things in the lake there.
Waypoint webpage


smuts
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09/29/2011 02:12PM
 
quote inspector13: "
According to the Minnesota Historical Society the vessel was called the Bull-of-the-Woods. The article also mentioned that scows like these, although serving common purposes, were often one of a kind in appearance. A synonym for this type of vessel was also said to be an alligator. That was term that the poster arctic used.



The pictures on this website look different than yours though. I wonder if it tips with lake levels or if there are two different things in the lake there.
Waypoint webpage



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It does look like the same style of vessel. The one that you mentioned and added the link about (thank you very much for doing so) is in Hoist bay in Burnside Lake, the one that I photographed and visited was in Hoist Bay of Basswood Lake. The one that I saw had a lot of wood decking below and around it, as did the one in the link that you shared. Must have been the same type of creatures.


Thanks again for sharing the link. I am very interested in the history of that area. After seeing the dock remains and the old artifact, I purchased a book on the history of the BW right after I exited the Lakes.

Not every turtle has a campsite; but every campsite has a turtle.
Ho Ho
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09/29/2011 03:10PM
 
Very enjoyable report! Glad you had a good trip and made it through that storm okay. The potential of getting windbound away from all my gear always makes me a little nervous when I'm daytripping.


I'll have to head up to Hoist Bay on both Basswood and Burntside to check out those boats. Very cool!


inspector13
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09/29/2011 03:21PM
 

smuts: I didn’t catch that until you pointed it out. Thanks, that explains some of my confusion, as I have just seen "Hoist Bay" mentioned when it comes to the sinking of a logging scow. Congrats with your solo by the way.


billconner
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09/29/2011 06:16PM
 
Great report! Thanks for sharing.
wawasee
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09/30/2011 06:53AM
 
Smuts what was the biggest Pike of your trip?
Spartan2
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09/30/2011 07:30AM
 
The one that inspector13 referred to in his link is featured in a historical tour of Burntside Lake (by pontoon boat) that you can take with Emily Wahlberg. It is a 2 1/2 hour tour that leaves from the marina at Burntside Lake. We did it this year and found it rather interesting.
Spartan2
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09/30/2011 07:44AM
 
Good trip report, I liked your photos, too.


Looks like you had a great trip. Thanks for sharing.
smuts
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09/30/2011 07:44AM
 
quote wawasee: "Smuts what was the biggest Pike of your trip? "


33 inch Pike in Wood Lake. From what I have found, the pike in Wood Lake are usually pretty thick. Hula Lake pike were smaller and thinner, typical for a Lake of that size and depth.

Not every turtle has a campsite; but every campsite has a turtle.
smuts
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09/30/2011 07:49AM
 
Spartan2 thanks for the info on the tour. After I read about the "scow" (thanks inspector13) I went on a mad search to find out what they were, looked like, and did. Pretty cool items; and I have no doubt that that is what is in both Hoist Bays. I wish it were sunnier when I was there so that I could have photographed all the decking below, as well as what appeared to be a large boom or hoist that was submerged.

Not every turtle has a campsite; but every campsite has a turtle.
PaddleAway
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02/17/2012 09:17AM
 
Somehow I missed this trip report, marvelous. This is precisely the kind of solo I'd like to do (pike & history). Great pics of the train & you've excited the thought of doing just this some September in the future. Thanks.
boonie
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02/17/2012 10:17AM
 
I missed it too - I was on my own trip. Glad you had a good one. Wood looks like a pretty nice lake from your pictures.
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