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Entry Point 52 - Brant Lake

Brant 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 45 miles. Access is a canoe landing at Round Lake with an 85- and a 35-rod portage to Brant Lake. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 4
Elevation: 1500 feet
Latitude: 48.0692
Longitude: -90.8455
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Ragged
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05/01/2012 10:35AM
 
New Trip Report posted by Ragged

Trip Name: Sea Gull Lake Solo April 2012.

Entry Point: 54

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He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. Psalm 23:2/3
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TuscaroraBorealis
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05/01/2012 11:38AM
 
Nice report.


I too have passed through Sea Gull numerous times but, have only camped on it once. And, from there, we mostly did trips back to Alpine & beyond. So there is alot of territory that is mostly unknown. Great that you were able to take advantage of our early spring and do some reconnaisance for future trips.


Thanks for taking the time to share your very descriptive report & photos.
Ho Ho
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05/01/2012 01:01PM
 
Nice report! It's amazing being out on the lakes so early in the season and having popular areas all to yourself, isn't it? But the trash issue is really disappointing. Like you said, it wouldn't even be hard for the people to pack the stuff out. Such disrespect for the land and for other people always boggles my mind.


I'll offer my two cents on solo paddling - I like to use a single blade canoe paddle, but when I solo I use pretty much a straight stroke with frequent switching of sides (every 2 or 3 strokes, usually) and no corrective strokes (unless parking or making a tight turn). It just seems like in a solo so much correction is needed if you paddle on one side that you burn a lot of extra energy. So I like to do the switch when soloing. In contrast, I use the j-stroke in the stern when tandem paddling and we never do the switch then.


Ragged
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05/01/2012 01:21PM
 
quote Ho Ho: "



I'll offer my two cents on solo paddling - I like to use a single blade canoe paddle, but when I solo I use pretty much a straight stroke with frequent switching of sides (every 2 or 3 strokes, usually) and no corrective strokes (unless parking or making a tight turn). It just seems like in a solo so much correction is needed if you paddle on one side that you burn a lot of extra energy. So I like to do the switch when soloing. In contrast, I use the j-stroke in the stern when tandem paddling and we never do the switch then.



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I agree there is a bunch of energy lost, I just have a muscle in my left should that goes bonkers if I paddle on my left side too much, also switching seems to aggravate it as well, no issues with the yak paddle and its seems if I can just stay on the right side as much as possible I’m not bothered by it too much, it’s not a long term solution. I just didn’t have time leading up to the trip to get it looked at. I think If I ever purchase my own solo I’ll just get a nice carbon yak paddle, just fits me better.

He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. Psalm 23:2/3
Ho Ho
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05/01/2012 02:19PM
 
That makes sense. Different (paddling) strokes for different folks. I personally don't like the motion of a kayak paddle even in a kayak, and I kind of like the traditional associations of sticking with a canoe paddle in a canoe too. But from what everyone says, you can go much farther faster with the double blade.


Itchy Menace
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05/01/2012 07:31PM
 
Damn you expensive chilli! Nice. Enjoyed your report.
boonie
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05/01/2012 07:31PM
 
Thanks for the trip report and your observations. Sounds like it was successful trip and a good time was had by all.
SunCatcher
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05/02/2012 04:45PM
 
Ragged,


Sounded like you had a great time.
thanks for cleaning up after the other slobs :)
don't get to hooked on the Magic's, they are hard to come by right now.


Thanks for the pictures and sharing.


Congrats on the first solo.


SunCatcher

"WWJD"
mocha
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05/03/2012 07:42PM
 
Ragged- sounds like a great first solo trip as well as as a first trip of the season. the trash thing is irritating. did you end up buying the canoe or you just wanted to try one to see if you liked it?
fitgers1
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05/07/2012 11:46PM
 
Thanks for the great report. Enjoyed reading it.
I can only imagine how wonderful it is up there in the early spring. Looking forward to getting there that time of the year. Perhaps it will also be my first solo being planned for sometime in 2013. As long as the Mayans aren't correct.

“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".
AndySG
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05/14/2012 06:43PM
 
Nice report buddy! I did my first last August and it was awesome. I still enjoy my group trips as well. Have yet to do a group solo. If you plan one and need a soloist, please let me know.

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PikePetersen
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05/15/2012 08:15AM
 
Enjoyed reading your trip report.
Were you running a GPS app on your phone? Which one is it? It looks pretty slick.


Thanks!
Ragged
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05/16/2012 04:12PM
 
quote SunCatcher: "Ragged,


don't get to hooked on the Magic's, they are hard to come by right now.
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As much as I liked it I think for the amount of fishing I do I would go with a Prism, I’m not a seasoned as the rest of you, I need the stability!



quote mocha: " did you end up buying the canoe or you just wanted to try one to see if you liked it?"


I don't think they are selling any of their Magics anytime soon, I just wanted to do a little trip in one to see how it felt before they become impossible to rent.



quote AndySG: "Nice report buddy! I did my first last August and it was awesome. I still enjoy my group trips as well. Have yet to do a group solo. If you plan one and need a soloist, please let me know."


I would love to do a group solo with AndySG, I will be going on my third trip next week so I'm pretty sure I will be just about out of BDUB vacation time for this year, have to save a few days for the other half of the year! An early season group solo for next year should be considered, we can discuss in detail at Copia next year : )



quote PikePetersen: "Enjoyed reading your trip report.
Were you running a GPS app on your phone? Which one is it? It looks pretty slick.



Thanks!"



I was, it was the MotionX App for the Iphone, don't think its available for Android, but for the $2-3 they get for it you can't do better, works amazingly well, MotionX and Navionics are some of the best money I've spent yet.


He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. Psalm 23:2/3
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