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Entry Point 29 - North Kawishiwi River

North Kawishiwi River 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 15 miles. Access the North Kawishiwi River through Ojibway Lake and Triangle Lake using two portages.

Number of Permits per Day: 1
Elevation: 1249 feet
Latitude: 47.9543
Longitude: -91.5641
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PinkCanoe
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08/03/2014 07:41PM
 
New Trip Report posted by PinkCanoe

Trip Name: 80 miles / 30 lakes *Float Stanley Trip*.

Entry Point: 30

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Turnpike
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08/03/2014 08:20PM
 
Glad to hear Tom was so helpful. I work at Northern Tier and I'll make sure to pass that on to management.


-Ted
PinkCanoe
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08/03/2014 08:44PM
 
quote Turnpike: "Glad to hear Tom was so helpful. I work at Northern Tier and I'll make sure to pass that on to management.



-Ted"



Yes, Ted... Please do. I almost posted his photo in our trip report so that someone might recognize him. He really made our late night portage and lack of campsites a better experience. He made our night and the next morning they paddled by and he saw us and asked about our site. Very good person at a very welcomed time.
-Joyce
PinkCanoe
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08/03/2014 08:44PM
 
quote Turnpike: "Glad to hear Tom was so helpful. I work at Northern Tier and I'll make sure to pass that on to management.



-Ted"



Yes, Ted... Please do. I almost posted his photo in our trip report so that someone might recognize him. He really made our late night portage and lack of campsites a better experience. He made our night and the next morning they paddled by and he saw us and asked about our site. Very good person at a very welcomed time.
-Joyce
ECpizza
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08/03/2014 10:47PM
 
Nice report, cute dog!


That same outfitter is the one whose boats tried to swamp our canoes.
bottomtothetap
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08/03/2014 10:52PM
 
Joyce--when you received help from Tom you were only receiving what you very much deserved. Remember how you had "paid it forward" by helping us when we needed it on Wind Bay two years ago? Here's hoping Tom now has someone come to his aid when he has some future need.


Sorry to hear about your bad experience at the outfitter. Our group had used them the same trip that we met up with you in the BWCA but the service we received was pleasing enough that I used them again the following year.


Thanks for this trip report and looking forward to the info you promised me about your 2013 trip--an area I will be exploring in two weeks.
PinkCanoe
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08/04/2014 04:49AM
 
quote ECpizza: "Nice report, cute dog!



That same outfitter is the one whose boats tried to swamp our canoes. "



They are not terrible, I guess, I just compared prices, and looked at the overall experience. We have used them and our friends have used them many times. We have used others on the Gunflint side (i.e., Clearwater Lodge is fantastic). Next year we will try Ely and stay in town. Looking forward to the change. If anyone has any good/bad experiences with them, let us know. We did check out their prices, more reasonable, and newer canoes. Bunkhouse has its own facilities. Looks good so far.
PinkCanoe
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08/04/2014 04:51AM
 
quote bottomtothetap: "Joyce--when you received help from Tom you were only receiving what you very much deserved. Remember how you had "paid it forward" by helping us when we needed it on Wind Bay two years ago? Here's hoping Tom now has someone come to his aid when he has some future need.



Sorry to hear about your bad experience at the outfitter. Our group had used them the same trip that we met up with you in the BWCA but the service we received was pleasing enough that I used them again the following year.



Thanks for this trip report and looking forward to the info you promised me about your 2013 trip--an area I will be exploring in two weeks."



Hey,Hey, Jim ! Good to hear from you. I emailed you the list of campsites we loved and which lakes didn't really have space to accommodate 2 tents if that helps you. Our favorite on that trip was Horseshoe Lake campsite..see the email. The gravity fed Sawyer filter is our favorite. AND... That 185 rod portage --that's a doozy... Can't imagine that one with an aluminum canoe, but better people then me do it. Heard its the 3rd hardest in the BWCA. I'd love to see the other 2 harder ones (not). Can't wait to read your report Jim. Have a safe and fun trip.
bottomtothetap
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08/04/2014 12:08PM
 
quote PinkCanoe: "quote bottomtothetap: "Joyce--when you received help from Tom you were only receiving what you very much deserved. Remember how you had "paid it forward" by helping us when we needed it on Wind Bay two years ago? Here's hoping Tom now has someone come to his aid when he has some future need.




Sorry to hear about your bad experience at the outfitter. Our group had used them the same trip that we met up with you in the BWCA but the service we received was pleasing enough that I used them again the following year.




Thanks for this trip report and looking forward to the info you promised me about your 2013 trip--an area I will be exploring in two weeks."




Hey,Hey, Jim ! Good to hear from you. I emailed you the list of campsites we loved and which lakes didn't really have space to accommodate 2 tents if that helps you. Our favorite on that trip was Horseshoe Lake campsite..see the email. The gravity fed Sawyer filter is our favorite. AND... That 185 rod portage --that's a doozy... Can't imagine that one with an aluminum canoe, but better people then me do it. Heard its the 3rd hardest in the BWCA. I'd love to see the other 2 harder ones (not). Can't wait to read your report Jim. Have a safe and fun trip."



Saw your email--thanks for the info! Yeah...not looking forward to that portage but it is what it is. I've seen it compared to the Canoe-Pine portage by Johnson Falls. I've hiked that one back and forth with no gear and that was tough enough. Have also seen it compared to the Knife-Vera portage which I have done WITH gear. That was surely a challenge but turned out to be not quite as bad as I was dreading. I've seen the Sandpit-Mudro portage mentioned as well for it's similar, quick elevation changes and I also survived that one OK with the canoe. This year will be with aluminum canoes so we'll see how it goes. We'll just have to go slow and steady working as a team. I'm feeling thankful that this oldster will be tripping with a 25 year old and two 17 year old!
PinkCanoe
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08/04/2014 09:06PM
 
quote bottomtothetap: "quote PinkCanoe: "quote bottomtothetap: "Joyce--when you received help from Tom you were only receiving what you very much deserved. Remember how you had "paid it forward" by helping us when we needed it on Wind Bay two years ago? Here's hoping Tom now has someone come to his aid when he has some future need.





Sorry to hear about your bad experience at the outfitter. Our group had used them the same trip that we met up with you in the BWCA but the service we received was pleasing enough that I used them again the following year.





Thanks for this trip report and looking forward to the info you promised me about your 2013 trip--an area I will be exploring in two weeks."





Hey,Hey, Jim ! Good to hear from you. I emailed you the list of campsites we loved and which lakes didn't really have space to accommodate 2 tents if that helps you. Our favorite on that trip was Horseshoe Lake campsite..see the email. The gravity fed Sawyer filter is our favorite. AND... That 185 rod portage --that's a doozy... Can't imagine that one with an aluminum canoe, but better people then me do it. Heard its the 3rd hardest in the BWCA. I'd love to see the other 2 harder ones (not). Can't wait to read your report Jim. Have a safe and fun trip."




Saw your email--thanks for the info! Yeah...not looking forward to that portage but it is what it is. I've seen it compared to the Canoe-Pine portage by Johnson Falls. I've hiked that one back and forth with no gear and that was tough enough. Have also seen it compared to the Knife-Vera portage which I have done WITH gear. That was surely a challenge but turned out to be not quite as bad as I was dreading. I've seen the Sandpit-Mudro portage mentioned as well for it's similar, quick elevation changes and I also survived that one OK with the canoe. This year will be with aluminum canoes so we'll see how it goes. We'll just have to go slow and steady working as a team. I'm feeling thankful that this oldster will be tripping with a 25 year old and two 17 year old! "



The knife-vera portage is nothing compared to the 185... Did that one a few years ago. Did the vera to ensign 180 last week..(in fact did two 180's that day having left kekekabic area and around)... Did the 240 on that side as well, it wasn't too bad, pretty flat in comparison. Be prepared for that 185, it is like a stairway to.... well, you get the idea. Everyone should experience it. lol


crazycanoe
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08/09/2014 07:57AM
 
Howdy to my friends and family!!!! I was just sitting here reading over several trip reports as I get prepared to write my own from this same week on the water. I was blessed to be able to be at the same outfitter as my sister (Pinkcanoe) at the same time (me coming in from Florida and she coming in from Indiana - meeting in Minnesota!). I was blessed to be able to ride out with her group for their put-in on Lake One, and to be sitting on the dock when they arrived the day of their take-out. Sounds like Shimi was a real trooper!!! Sounds like ya'll were real troopers!!! GREAT trip. Look for our report in the next few days.... probably titled something like "The Five TIRED Indians"... LOL! Below are a couple of pics - One of me and my sister just before her trip, and the second a picture of her crew all nice and clean at the put-in!





PinkCanoe
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08/09/2014 08:18AM
 
quote crazycanoe: "Howdy to my friends and family!!!! I was just sitting here reading over several trip reports as I get prepared to write my own from this same week on the water. I was blessed to be able to be at the same outfitter as my sister (Pinkcanoe) at the same time (me coming in from Florida and she coming in from Indiana - meeting in Minnesota!). I was blessed to be able to ride out with her group for their put-in on Lake One, and to be sitting on the dock when they arrived the day of their take-out. Sounds like Shimi was a real trooper!!! Sounds like ya'll were real troopers!!! GREAT trip. Look for our report in the next few days.... probably titled something like "The Five Tried Indians"... LOL! Below are a couple of pics - One of me and my sister just before her trip, and the second a picture of her crew all nice and clean at the put-in!







"



That is awesome! You did the one of us two before the trip.. Where is the one of us two after the trip...crutches and all? (LOL)
crazycanoe
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08/09/2014 09:34AM
 
You requested a picture of AFTER the trip.... OK, so our trip ended with a broken ankle..... LOL!



Pinkcanoe's TAKEOUT - P-U go take a shower!!!




OK OK, so "our" trip ended with a broken ankle...... Trip report to be posted some time in next week.... "FIVE TIRED INDIANS"
boonie
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08/17/2014 02:25PM
 
Thanks for the report. You guys had a couple of pretty long days! I need to do a trip in that area sometime.
MHS67
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08/17/2014 02:52PM
 
That is a classic picture of a tired dog!! Sounded like a tough trip all around. Thanks.
crazycanoe
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09/14/2014 08:51AM
 
There is DEFINITELY something to be said about tripping with the 20-somethin year olds and 17-year olds!!! ....Just sayin'


(crazycanoe - pinkcanoe's big sis)


We also have a trip report on here - called THE FIVE WORN OUT INDIANS.... the title says it all!
crazycanoe
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09/14/2014 08:53AM
 
NOOOOOOOOOOO Miss Missy - everyone SHOULD NOT experience it! hahahahaha! Especially your portage-challenged sister!
bottomtothetap
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09/15/2014 11:49AM
 
quote crazycanoe: "There is DEFINITELY something to be said about tripping with the 20-somethin year olds and 17-year olds!!! ....Just sayin'



(crazycanoe - pinkcanoe's big sis)



We also have a trip report on here - called THE FIVE WORN OUT INDIANS.... the title says it all!"



The "youngsters" were great on this trip. They performed like champs! The 185-rod portage we were worried about was challenging but we handled it just fine.


Overall it was a great trip and I hope to have a trip report on it posted if I ever get to doing the video I've planned as well!
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