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Entry Point 12 - Little Vermilion Lake

Little Vermilion Lake (Crane Lake) entry point allows overnight paddle or motor (Unlimited max). This entry point is supported by La Croix Ranger Station near the city of Cook, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 45 miles. Enter from Crane Lake. Note: Not the entry point to use for Trout Lake (#1)

Number of Permits per Day: 6
Elevation: 1150 feet
Latitude: 48.2995
Longitude: -92.4268
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Sjlubner
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10/15/2015 02:00PM
 
New Trip Report posted by Sjlubner

Trip Name: International Falls to Lake Superior Solo.

Entry Point: 12

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SevenofNine
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10/15/2015 07:58PM
 
Awesome, thanks for sharing.

The best part of this journey here is further knowing yourself - Alan Kay
hooky
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10/15/2015 08:50PM
 
Very nice report. That 8.5 miles is certainly grand.

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bwcasolo
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10/16/2015 05:07AM
 
awesome, nice job, did you mention your canoe?
Rafterman
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10/16/2015 05:11AM
 
Looks like a challenging and rewarding trip! I am interested in seeing your gear and provision list. Aldridge1958@gmail.com. Thanks for posting this report.
airmorse
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10/16/2015 09:30AM
 
Nice report. Something I'd like to do some day.

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PortageKeeper
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10/16/2015 01:00PM
 
What a great trip with lots of good mileage days, I'm glad that you posted a report here!
I've always wondered if Grassy Portage was used or maintained and assumed that it at least would be kept open by snowmobilers. Good to here that it's not being let go.
Thanks for the informative report!

“The more you know, the less you carry” Mors Kochanski
callofthewild
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10/16/2015 01:33PM
 
All I can say is wow!!!!! I am impressed. Thank you for sharing this adventure. Happy Paddling.
kanoes
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10/16/2015 03:35PM
 
nice, thanks for posting it.


could you post your food list?
wrestlencanoe
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10/16/2015 04:08PM
 

Very nice! A trip like this is on my bucket list.
Kiporby
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10/16/2015 04:35PM
 
Nice Work. That's alot of paddling in 10 days!

There is a light and it never goes out. Morrissey
crumpman
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10/16/2015 10:25PM
 
Nice trip and report. Makes me want to do the same.

"Fine figure of a man, yes?" Jeremiah Johnson
boonie
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10/17/2015 08:18AM
 
Thanks, I enjoyed your report. I'd be interested in the food, gear list too.
Sjlubner
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10/17/2015 11:05AM
 
Thank you all for the positive feedback.


My canoe used on the trip is my Wenonah Voyager.


Yes, Grassy Portage was cleared and wide, but very very wet and muddy.



Here is my packing list; gear and food.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-hFgVS9QiGQZXc0SlFzdFlCaDQ/view?usp=sharing



ozarkpaddler
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10/26/2015 06:18PM
 
I've thought of doing the trip from west to east myself, thanks for the report. Impressed with your ability to trim your gear to that weight on a fall trip!

BTW, are you on String Lake in your profile pic? Sure looks familiar?

"Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." Mark Twain
cyclones30
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10/26/2015 08:43PM
 
Thanks for the report, you were moving pretty good. I recognize the Curtain Falls photo, we were there earlier this year.


Also, I couldn't have done that long of a trip without fishing...at least once or twice. (but that would have made that much more gear to haul)
Sjlubner
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11/03/2015 10:26AM
 
Well very close! The picture was taken on Jenny Lake; Teewinot Mnt. is in the background.


OldGreyGoose
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11/22/2015 02:46PM
 
Great report. Thanks! --Goose

Soloing is sweet, but a good partner is "priceless."
WhiteWolf
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11/27/2015 07:43AM
 
Impressive!!


The Trumpter Swans were in the exact same place just a few weeks earlier as I made my way through with BeaV and another paddler.

We also had trouble in/around the English Portage with not enough water. The portage is not maintained anymore.

3 hours on the Grand Portage? That is moving right along!!! I believe we did it in 4:30-- even having some gear moved down the night before.




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Moonpath
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11/28/2015 10:20PM
 
Great Trip. JerryG
MNLindsey80
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11/30/2015 06:57PM
 
Awesome trip report!


I was first introduced to this area as a whole on a Houseboat trip in 2013 with my parents/siblings/husband/nieces nephews and kids. We had 13 people on the house boat and traveled from Crane up to Kettle Falls.


I have fond memories of the area (including the area near the Grassy Cliffs where we went tubing) and it is what drew me back again and again making the BWCA the holiest of holy's in my book ;-)

Currently section hiking the SHT from the Martin Road Trailhead to the Otter Lake Road 270° degree overlook. 82.4/268.4 miles complete.
ArrowheadPaddler
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12/06/2015 07:30AM
 
Nice report. Impressive travel times!
crumpman
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12/07/2015 08:37AM
 
My son is home now from his second AmeriCorp experience, he spent a year with the Texas Conservation Corp, and I shared this report with him. I've been thinking about the car logistics and came up with a plan. I can start at one end and my son can start in the opposit end and we can exchange car keys as we pass each other, perhaps a simultaneous key toss in the middle of Basswood! He said he would rather start at Grand Portage and get the long portage out of the way, I am the opposite. Anyway, it's been fun to speculate where we might meet for the key exchange. Trips like this get my imagination going.

"Fine figure of a man, yes?" Jeremiah Johnson
bfurlow
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01/31/2016 09:35PM
 
Nice report. You are in WAY better shape than I am! :) Very impressive. You should be proud of your accomplishment.
heavycanoe
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02/05/2016 05:24PM
 
lots of the same comments.


Impressive that it only took you 10 days. I would be done after day one.


Impressive that you can get that light, I might have carried double that.


I would need to take along some fishing equipment.


Quite impressive overall

"I have fished through fishless days that I remember happily without regret." - Roderick Haig-Brown
Sjlubner
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02/06/2016 11:58PM
 
Thank you all for the continued positive remarks. It is certainly appreciated. Paddling season is on the horizon!
ECpizza
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04/04/2016 09:25PM
 
Wow. Personally, I would have camped before tackling the Grand Portage. And you must have cruised the GP. It took me that long with one night of gear/food and no canoe,
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11/21/2016 10:50AM
 
Loved this report. I've never been to BWCA, but I have contacts in International Falls, so that makes it easier for me to plan a trip there. I was thinking to leave from IFalls and enter BWCA through EP12. I was so relieved to find someone else had done this route, so I know its not a crazy idea (having never been there). I plan to follow the border much like you did to Basswood, then drop down through Jackfish and Pipestone and exit at EP24. Did you have any issue getting to the EP on the right day for your permit? Or perhaps its no big deal since you went in the fall/low usage season? Not planning on 25 miles a day, I love canoe camping, but cling stubbornly to my creature comforts, no way I could do it with as little weight as you! I don't see any scotch or summer sausage on your list ;-)
Jaywalker
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12/09/2016 02:22PM
 
Excellent trip - inspiring! Had to get out the maps and look all the distances up. Well done!
Silverback6
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01/10/2017 10:58AM
 
Super Cool trip. Defiantly a bucket list item! Thanks for the Trip Report.
anthonyp007
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01/11/2017 07:31PM
 
I want to do this trip someday! Awesome report, what a great way to push your limits and enjoy the most beautiful wilderness around. Thanks for sharing!

Tony
Pinetree
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01/12/2017 03:28PM
 
Awesome trip.
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