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Entry Point 14 - Little Indian Sioux River North

Little Indian Sioux River (north) entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by La Croix Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 32 miles. Access is a 40-rod portage heading North from the Echo Trail.

Number of Permits per Day: 6
Elevation: 1364 feet
Latitude: 48.1466
Longitude: -92.2103
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PortageKeeper
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05/14/2016 10:20PM
 
New Trip Report posted by PortageKeeper

Trip Name: Portage clearing trip 2016/ LIS North.

Entry Point: 14

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“The more you know, the less you carry” Mors Kochanski
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FOG51
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05/15/2016 02:56AM
 
Thank you very much for all your hard work. 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.
boonie
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05/15/2016 07:06AM
 
quote FOG51: "Thank you very much for all your hard work. FRED"


+1
ducks
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05/15/2016 09:11AM
 
quote boonie: "quote FOG51: "Thank you very much for all your hard work. FRED"



+1"



+2 On my solo trip last week I found a whole new level of appreciation for the work you do to clear portages. I entered solo at Morgan last Sat. and it took me 2 and 1/2 hours to get through because of how many trees were down across the portage.


kind of funny.... last night I was watching some bwca youtube videos and ran across one of nibimocs talking about planning on doing a portage clearing trip in May in the LIS North area ;) when he said that my first thought was maybe he was going with you

Ride EZ
Zulu
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05/15/2016 09:46AM
 
Yes thanks very much! Where do you stay on these trips? Do you bring canoes and camp at regular campsites? Does the group work closely or are you spread out? Is the axe used for stumps? I got one of those Irwin rough cut saws at your suggestion years ago and I use it all the time.


Thanks again! I really admire that you guys get out and do that.
Pinetree
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05/15/2016 10:52AM
 
Thank you,your awesome for your volunteer work.
PortageKeeper
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05/15/2016 11:10AM
 
quote Zulu: "Yes thanks very much! Where do you stay on these trips? Do you bring canoes and camp at regular campsites? Does the group work closely or are you spread out? Is the axe used for stumps? I got one of those Irwin rough cut saws at your suggestion years ago and I use it all the time.



Thanks again! I really admire that you guys get out and do that."

We paddle in and camp as normal. Everyone brings their own gear, canoes, food etc. I usually supply all the tools. We spread out for the brush nipping which is the lions share of the work. On trees, we team up. The axe gets used either to drive a wedge or chop a pinched saw out of the tree. I would never bring the saw without wedges and axe.
The saw...


“The more you know, the less you carry” Mors Kochanski
Pinetree
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05/15/2016 11:34AM
 
quote PortageKeeper: "quote Zulu: "Yes thanks very much! Where do you stay on these trips? Do you bring canoes and camp at regular campsites? Does the group work closely or are you spread out? Is the axe used for stumps? I got one of those Irwin rough cut saws at your suggestion years ago and I use it all the time.




Thanks again! I really admire that you guys get out and do that."

We paddle in and camp as normal. Everyone brings their own gear, canoes, food etc. I usually supply all the tools. We spread out for the brush nipping which is the lions share of the work. On trees, we team up. The axe gets used either to drive a wedge or chop a pinched saw out of the tree. I would never bring the saw without wedges and axe.
The saw...
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That looks like cool tool.
MHS67
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05/15/2016 02:05PM
 
quote PortageKeeper: "quote Zulu: "Yes thanks very much! Where do you stay on these trips? Do you bring canoes and camp at regular campsites? Does the group work closely or are you spread out? Is the axe used for stumps? I got one of those Irwin rough cut saws at your suggestion years ago and I use it all the time.




Thanks again! I really admire that you guys get out and do that."

We paddle in and camp as normal. Everyone brings their own gear, canoes, food etc. I usually supply all the tools. We spread out for the brush nipping which is the lions share of the work. On trees, we team up. The axe gets used either to drive a wedge or chop a pinched saw out of the tree. I would never bring the saw without wedges and axe.
The saw...
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Thanks for your volunteer work!! When I started working for the Calif. Dept. of Forestry (CDF) we didn't have chain saws on the engines yet. We used a saw similar to the one you have. The crews called it a misery whip. Its hanging on my wood shed now.
PortageKeeper
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05/15/2016 03:19PM
 
quote MHS67: "quote PortageKeeper: "quote Zulu: "Yes thanks very much! Where do you stay on these trips? Do you bring canoes and camp at regular campsites? Does the group work closely or are you spread out? Is the axe used for stumps? I got one of those Irwin rough cut saws at your suggestion years ago and I use it all the time.





Thanks again! I really admire that you guys get out and do that."

We paddle in and camp as normal. Everyone brings their own gear, canoes, food etc. I usually supply all the tools. We spread out for the brush nipping which is the lions share of the work. On trees, we team up. The axe gets used either to drive a wedge or chop a pinched saw out of the tree. I would never bring the saw without wedges and axe.
The saw...
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Thanks for your volunteer work!! When I started working for the Calif. Dept. of Forestry (CDF) we didn't have chain saws on the engines yet. We used a saw similar to the one you have. The crews called it a misery whip. Its hanging on my wood shed now. "

I have several of that type as well. Nice truck!

“The more you know, the less you carry” Mors Kochanski
Frenchy19
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05/15/2016 05:33PM
 
Thanks for organizing and seeing this through, Joel!

"The future ain't what it used to be" Yogi Berra
BLee
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05/15/2016 05:33PM
 
I wished I lived closer. I'd love to do this.
Mocha
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05/15/2016 08:24PM
 
thanks for all the portages your crew has cleared over the years
airmorse
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05/15/2016 08:42PM
 
Thanks to all those who helped.
Our entry this year IS ep14.
We'll be going to loon, heritage, and shell so we'll get to see your handy work.

To the world you are just another person, but to your dog you are the world.
Pinetree
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05/15/2016 08:49PM
 
quote Mocha: "thanks for all the portages your crew has cleared over the years
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Yes
newguy
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05/16/2016 07:46AM
 
I'm surprised that volunteers cleared the portages. I thought it would be the state of Minnesota or US Forestry Service or something. Are all portages maintained by volunteers? Or is it a mix?

And thank you!
PortageKeeper
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05/16/2016 08:20AM
 
Most portage clearing work is done by volunteers with the FS doing what they can to fill in the gaps. The FS does take care of the hazardous tree snags, latrine relocations, fire grate replacements, trail drain repair, walkway repairs etc. This is not counting the huge amounts of work done after a fire has gone through.

“The more you know, the less you carry” Mors Kochanski
SaganagaJoe
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05/16/2016 11:59PM
 
This would be a fun thing to do someday. Do you get any sort of certification with the Forest Service or do you just go up and start clearing trails?

aka HermitThrush "Such sights as this are reserved for those who will suffer to behold them." -Eric Sevareid
schweady
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05/17/2016 02:30PM
 
quote PortageKeeper: "Most portage clearing work is done by volunteers with the FS doing what they can to fill in the gaps. The FS does take care of the hazardous tree snags, latrine relocations, fire grate replacements, trail drain repair, walkway repairs etc. This is not counting the huge amounts of work done after a fire has gone through."
Thanks for that. Is the longer Pauness-Shell portage still interrupted by the pond? Seems like this has become a permanent "feature."


"You can observe a lot just by watching." -- Yogi Berra
PortageKeeper
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05/17/2016 03:45PM
 
quote SaganagaJoe: "This would be a fun thing to do someday. Do you get any sort of certification with the Forest Service or do you just go up and start clearing trails? "
I have to get re-certification to use a crosscut saw in the BW. There is a class each spring in the Ham Lake area north of the TC's. If you do not bring a big saw then I don't believe you need any training but they need to know that you are going in to do that and will likely want to give you some instruction. If you do not bring a big saw then they have to go in anyway to get those trees so I figure the big saw is necessary. Their concern is about people getting hurt doing this so most of the class is about cutting trees safely. They also have a concern of people over-doing it and cutting things that shouldn't be cut.

“The more you know, the less you carry” Mors Kochanski
PortageKeeper
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05/17/2016 03:55PM
 
quote schweady: "quote PortageKeeper: "Most portage clearing work is done by volunteers with the FS doing what they can to fill in the gaps. The FS does take care of the hazardous tree snags, latrine relocations, fire grate replacements, trail drain repair, walkway repairs etc. This is not counting the huge amounts of work done after a fire has gone through."
Thanks for that. Is the longer Pauness-Shell portage still interrupted by the pond? Seems like this has become a permanent "feature."
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Yes, the pond is still there. Usually they wait a while to see if the pond remains active, then decide if they should re-route around the damn. Building a walkway over the pond just invites the beaver to build against the walkway so that seldom happens because the walkway just disappears into the damn. We likely would have just walked through if it were summer but being ice cold ruled that out so we re-loaded and floated across.

“The more you know, the less you carry” Mors Kochanski
MNLindsey80
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05/18/2016 07:03AM
 
Since I'm going in to this area day after tomorrow (eeeeeek) I'm very very thankful for the handwork that you guys did!


Thanks!

Currently, section hiking the SHT from Hartley Nature Center to the Otter Lake Road 270° degree overlook. 157/272miles complete.
pswith5
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05/20/2016 06:01PM
 
So, I can personally thank you folks. I was right behind you! Which of you was the gentleman with the chocolate lab? (That is what he appeared to be) i think I spoke with him! We moved to the site on the north side of Con island right after you left. Turned out to be a bit of a mistake. With that big wind coming from the north. Toughed it out and came out Sunday.

without the bad times: the good times wouldn't seem so good
pswith5
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05/21/2016 04:19PM
 
Hey PK, check with your guys and find out if anyone left some kind of pruner. Might be fiskars as it has a black and orange handle.Not much bigger than an ordinary pliers. Pete

without the bad times: the good times wouldn't seem so good
PortageKeeper
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05/21/2016 09:12PM
 
The owner of the lab was a new fellow named Jeff from Rochester.
Mike from Iowa had a hand pruner with him.

“The more you know, the less you carry” Mors Kochanski
pswith5
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05/22/2016 05:19AM
 
If Mike from Iowa can email me I will ship it back to him. Pete


without the bad times: the good times wouldn't seem so good
PortageKeeper
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05/22/2016 05:59AM
 
Thanks
I just sent Mike a note to see what he wants to do.

“The more you know, the less you carry” Mors Kochanski
jswamp
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05/22/2016 07:32AM
 
now that is what makes America great!
AndySG
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05/22/2016 08:24AM
 

Kudos to Joe and crew. Contrary to popular belief, public service can be FUN!

"WWJD"
MNLindsey80
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05/30/2016 06:06PM
 
Yes! Thank you! The portages were very well maintained on our trip in!

Currently, section hiking the SHT from Hartley Nature Center to the Otter Lake Road 270° degree overlook. 157/272miles complete.
mcsweem
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06/04/2016 09:52PM
 
I had a great time on this portage clearing trip, thanks for allowing me to take part
mcsweem
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06/04/2016 09:53PM
 
Found this cooler floating in shell lake, looks like a bear got into it. this is the view from the campsite on the devil's cascade portage
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