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Entry Point 49 - Skipper & Portage Lakes

Skipper and Portage Lakes 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 28 miles. Access is a 320-rod portage from Poplar Lake or a 230-rod portage from Iron Lake. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 2
Elevation: 1865 feet
Latitude: 48.0517
Longitude: -90.5366
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rertel
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07/21/2013 03:40PM
 
New Trip Report posted by rertel

Trip Name: Three Tries and Ten Days to Frost-EP 50 to 51.

Entry Point: 50

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OneMatch
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07/21/2013 04:38PM
 
Wonderful report! The swan pic is awesome.


I once camped on Bologna as well to break up the Frost River journey (although were were going upstream - really tough).


Your report proves that persistence is the key. You definitely had some tough breaks, but it's all good.


Thanks!


We all have to believe in something. I believe I'll go paddle.
Spartan2
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07/21/2013 05:54PM
 
Great trip report! I enjoyed the parts I had experienced myself and the parts that I didn't get to do. We had planned to do the Frost River once and turned back (long story), but Long Island, Gordon, and Frost are some of our favorite parts of the BWCA.


Nice photos--I would have liked more.
Mocha
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07/21/2013 07:17PM
 
thanks so much for the detailed report. it would be fun to experience the frost river section with high water. glad you were finally able to make the entire trip after your other trips with bad weather.
loved the photos, and like Spartan2, wish there were more
boonie
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07/21/2013 07:49PM
 
Interesting trip report - I'm glad you finally made it around through Frost and out. I also wish there were more pictures - I guess many of us are picture junkies :).
TomP
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07/21/2013 07:53PM
 
Nice report! We did the same route in 2010 in August. We had a few more lift overs




paddlefamily
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07/21/2013 09:10PM
 
Looks like you had some pretty campsites. Happy you finally got to Frost!
Exo
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07/22/2013 12:08PM
 
That was a pleasant read, thank you. And quite an adventure!
rertel
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07/26/2013 08:40PM
 


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callofthewild
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01/03/2014 04:52PM
 
I just finished reading your trip report from this past summer. I am glad that you were finally able to complete the loop. This is one trip that I am looking forward to completing as well in the future.

I believed we passed you guys on your way out. My son and I were coming into Cross Bay that Wednesday morning. We also stayed at Andy & Sue's( Tuscarora Lodge). We entered from Missing Link on the previous Sunday.

We had also camped for two nights on Rib Lake and had the honor of watching a huge Bull Moose right in front of our camp for about 90 minutes on the evening of 06-24-13. He came ashore about 30 yards north of the camp and walked into the swamp. It was the highlight of our trip.
rertel
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01/04/2014 12:09PM
 
Our campsite on Rib was nice, but didn't afford much view of the lake. We we had seen a moose there.


You can't go wrong visiting Frost. We enjoyed it so much that we're thinking we might make a side trip and return to it this summer. We're considering a route that mixes some new territory with our old nemesis--the Cam-Gasket-Vesper-Town chain. We'd start at Brule and head through the Cones (new territory for us) to Long Island and then down through Cherokee and the "mechanics" lakes (Gasket and Cam) to Brule. We did the "mechanics" chain our first trip and it was a bear. Since then, we've measured the difficulty of every route against that set of portages. The Frost River was close, but still not quite as tough. We were poorly packed and loaded down with a full trip's worth of food when we portaged through the "mechanics" last time. This time those portages will come at the end of the trip so maybe they won't seem so tough, although I've read a few trip reports that make me think they're tough portages.


Since some folks commented that they'd like more pictures, I'm adding some to this reply.


I wish it didn't take so long to upload photos--probably should just make a gallery somewhere with a link.

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cowdoc
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01/04/2014 10:01PM
 
.....head through the Cones to Long Island. Do you plan on going through Davis on this route? You'll love those portages.

"What could happen?"
Exo
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01/05/2014 01:53AM
 
Thank you for taking the time to write and post your trip report. I enjoyed reading it. Some parts on the edge of my seat...will they find the portage? Will they take the plunge down the Frost? Good job.
rertel
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01/05/2014 11:51AM
 
We're looking forward to those:)


I've read that the portage from Davis to Kiskadinna is long and steep while the portage from Kiskadinna to Muskeg is supposed to be among the hardest in BWCA. But, I also read a trip report from someone who said it was a piece of cake next to the Brule to Town set. Since we're going into Muskeg, we'll be going downhill which might help a little, as long as it isn't wet and slick.


We've also gotten wiser, I think. We'll spend a day or two in the Cones which will lighten our load a little and then break up the trek to Long Island with a night on Davis or Kiskadinna.


It's always an adventure . . .

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