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Entry Point 20 - Angleworm Lake

Angleworm 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 18 miles. Access is a 640-rod portage to Angleworm Lake.

Number of Permits per Day: 2
Elevation: 1260 feet
Latitude: 48.0659
Longitude: -91.9303
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muddyfeet
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03/04/2016 12:12AM
 
New Trip Report posted by muddyfeet

Trip Name: #23 Mudro: “Time travel in a magic canoe” (first solo 2015) .

Entry Point: 23

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"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread; places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul" -John Muir
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FOG51
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03/04/2016 01:19AM
 
Nce report, you got into the whole solo thing and are probably hooked for life now. I liked your writing style, easy to read ,very descriptive and easy to follow along. I laughed about your "jittery moments", many soloist seem to have them but I can honestly say I never have had any jitters on a solo trip. FRED

Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fourtune to remember the ones do, and the eyesight to tell the differance.
Exo
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03/04/2016 09:20AM
 
What a great trip report! Glad you were able to relate the solo experience to others so well. Going solo adds such a new dynamic to a wilderness experience.


And your right about Drew at Piragi's. I really appreciate someone who loves their job. I believe he holds a special place for those that solo. My first solo he told me he didn't want to see me back early. Hah! No chance!


A positive first solo is about good preparation and planning. And having the right mindset.


Really enjoyed your bewilderment about hearing the highway in the distance.
boonie
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03/04/2016 10:45AM
 
Thanks, muddyfeet, for the enjoyable and interesting trip report. I always enjoy reading about first solos and it sounds like yours went very smoothly - a testament to all your research and planning.
muddyfeet
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03/05/2016 11:14AM
 
quote boonie: "Thanks, muddyfeet, for the enjoyable and interesting trip report. I always enjoy reading about first solos and it sounds like yours went very smoothly - a testament to all your research and planning. "


Yep, thanks for all the help I got from you and others over in the Solo forum .


Maybe the biggest thing I learned before the trip just reading the forum was how it really helps to be efficient/minimize camp chores when you're by yourself. There is no one "right" way to do things (cook/clean/shelter/get water/firewood) but there are definately some ways that take less time/work than others. Finding out what works well for you and your time/space/weight requirements is key.

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread; places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul" -John Muir
muddyfeet
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03/05/2016 11:26AM
 
quote Exo: "
Really enjoyed your bewilderment about hearing the highway in the distance. "



It really sounded intermittent like trucks coming and going with the pitch slightly changing as they passed by. Not at all like a babbling brook, but there was some distance between the brook and camp and I could barely hear the faint sound as it was. Maybe wind or some other phenomenon altered the sound enough as it traveled towards me. I thought I was going crazy.

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread; places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul" -John Muir
SaganagaJoe
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03/05/2016 03:46PM
 
quote muddyfeet: "quote Exo: "
Really enjoyed your bewilderment about hearing the highway in the distance. "




It really sounded intermittent like trucks coming and going with the pitch slightly changing as they passed by. Not at all like a babbling brook, but there was some distance between the brook and camp and I could barely hear the faint sound as it was. Maybe wind or some other phenomenon altered the sound enough as it traveled towards me. I thought I was going crazy. "



Wind in the trees on the other side of the lake? That's a pretty ethereal sound.

aka HermitThrush "Such sights as this are reserved for those who will suffer to behold them." -Eric Sevareid
Bearpaulsen
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03/14/2016 01:55PM
 
Muddyfeet,


The title of your trip report caught my eye. Happy to hear you had a good time and enjoyed the Magic. I wonder if you'd mind your 'review' being used by us (Northstar)?


Keep Travelling Solo!


Bear
muddyfeet
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03/15/2016 10:22AM
 
quote Bearpaulsen: "Muddyfeet,



The title of your trip report caught my eye. Happy to hear you had a good time and enjoyed the Magic. I wonder if you'd mind your 'review' being used by us (Northstar)?



Keep Travelling Solo!



Bear"



No prob, I'm just a novice paddler, but I'll endorse it!

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread; places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul" -John Muir
mnrackhunter
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03/28/2016 11:14AM
 
I really enjoyed your trip report. It was very nice. Thanks

Save the Minnesota moose population, reduce the number of wolves before it's too late!! "As water reflects the face, one's life reflects the heart" Proverbs 27:19
bfurlow
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03/31/2016 08:42PM
 
Really nice trip report. I enjoyed reading it a lot.
crumpman
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04/01/2016 01:44PM
 
I really enjoyed your report. You started your first solo as I was finishing my first solo. I was also using my magic and I agree with your assessment of the canoe. We had some similar experiences on our trips. My report is also posted, Moose River First Solo. Did you notice the "face" in the the photo of the cliff near the pictographs?

"Fine figure of a man, yes?" Jeremiah Johnson
muddyfeet
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04/18/2016 12:39AM
 
quote crumpman: " Did you notice the "face" in the the photo of the cliff near the pictographs? "


Thanks. No, I didn't see the face until someone pointed it out later in the photo.
I read your report, too: I love how you have fitted your boat with the foam rail pads and the bungees drilled into the thwarts. I have to get one for myself!

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread; places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul" -John Muir
CityFisher74
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04/19/2016 11:43AM
 
Amazing report, thank you for taking the time to share it with us. Your link and note about the boy trapped by the canoe on the falls made me wonder what sort of solo-tripping horror stories are out there? Getting injured and needing to get back on your own would be very scary.

"The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders."
neutroner
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04/19/2016 06:32PM
 
nice. one of the best reports ive read. makes me look forward to my next trip.
muddyfeet
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08/06/2016 10:05AM
 
Some updates that might be fun for anyone who read the report of this trip that was almost a year ago:


-I put down a deposit for a 2016 rental fleet Magic. Pickup is in October, so as long as I'm in the area I'll likely plan an overnight or short solo with the new(to me) boat. I'm super excited to customize it for an even more efficient portage/paddle routine.


-The berlinnerweisse beer is tart and fantastic after a year ferment. I split it into three batches with blueberries, peaches, and rosehips. It'll take a little longer to be finished, but should be well worth the wait.

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread; places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul" -John Muir
boonie
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08/06/2016 01:06PM
 
Thanks for the update, muddyfeet. Enjoy the new canoe and October trip. Reminds me that I should go back and reread your very good trip report.
Tim Govert
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08/10/2016 03:12PM
 
Great account of your trip. I've traveled that area several times over the years and love it.


I truly appreciated your description of the solo time. I've been taking trips in the BWCA every year since 1980, typically with my kids, high school and old Army buddies. During one of those trips, we met up with a younger guy that was doing a solo trip in a wooden canoe that he had handcrafted himself. He described how peaceful and energizing his several week long trip had been...this stoked a fire that had been building in me for a long time to do the same thing. So when I returned, I went head first into the planning process for the following summer.


The following summer I pushed off at Kawishiwi Lake. I did cheat a little though by taking my trusty Chocolate Labrador along with me. It was an amazing trip. I enjoyed the solitude and the opportunity to do as I pleased for the entire week. It was definitely good for my soul...and I fully intend to do it again in the near future.


TG
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