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Entry Point 47 - Lizz & Swamp Lakes

Lizz and Swamp 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 from Poplar Lake by 51-rod portage to Lizz Lake and 100-rod portage into Swamp Lake only. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 4
Elevation: 1864 feet
Latitude: 48.0420
Longitude: -90.4998
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MNLindsey80
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09/05/2016 06:33PM
 
New Trip Report posted by MNLindsey80

Trip Name: Family of three - on trip three!.

Entry Point: 47

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Just finished, [section] hiking the traditional Superior Hiking Trail, from Martin Road to the Otter Lake Road 270° degree overlook. (2017-2020)
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Bamthor
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09/05/2016 09:00PM
 
Nice report
I'd like to say you shouldn't judge the whole Gunflint by your location. That area is the most crowded part of the trail. I'd recommend Seagull, Red Rock, or Rose. There is also a ranger that sits at the end of Lizz all the time and hassles everyone. I'm surprised the outfitters don't try to get him booted he is a real charmer. Rockwood is a great outfitter for sure. Thanks for a nice report.
MNLindsey80
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09/05/2016 09:14PM
 
No - definitely not judging the whole Gunflint by our EP. We just like the charm of Ely. All of the outfitters are right there. My two 2017 trips will be out of Ely. We'll definitely be back to the Gunflint. In fact I'll be back with the kiddo in October (next month). Planning to paddle my kayak up Duncan to the Rose Portage on a daytrip.

Just finished, [section] hiking the traditional Superior Hiking Trail, from Martin Road to the Otter Lake Road 270° degree overlook. (2017-2020)
ducks
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09/06/2016 06:56AM
 
Excellent report! Thanks for sharing. I enjoy tripping out of the Gunflint better than Ely. BUT, that's one of the beauties of the BWCA...... there are so many different options to meet the needs of so many different people and what they prefer in a trip.


I think you'll enjoy the daytrip to Rose in Oct. We did that daytrip during an MEA weekend when the kids were little. Make sure you use the canoe landing on the western end of West Bearskin Lake on Hungry Jack Road and not the one on the eastern end of West Bearskin off of Clearwater Lake road. It is much closer to the portage to Duncan. The Caribou Rock Trail trail head is right by there also and is a short hike to a beautiful overlook of West Bearskin Lake.

Ride EZ
ozarkpaddler
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09/06/2016 08:12AM
 
Nice report. Different strokes, 'eh? I like Ely but love GM and the Gunflint. Going down Hwy 61 into town always feels like I'm coming home.


You know, it's funny how things evolve over the years. We've done 4 trips into Horseshoe, and they were quiet. They were September, August, and two in June. It's not my favorite lake for "Beauty," but some of my favorite campsites are there, the fishing was always good, and I loved to day trip the area. But I haven't been there in about 15 years and the common theme is how "Busy" it is? Funny how things change.


I really like the "Blog" format you use on your TR's. And you really have a "Knack" for writing, thanks for sharing with us here!

"Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." Mark Twain
climbmda
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09/06/2016 08:41AM
 
Looks like a great trip. We were up a week earlier (also have a report posted) for our second family trip of the year. Great to get the little ones exposed to this stuff early on.


I have tripped out of Ely more than the Gunflint, but have had great trips in both areas. Also had subpar trips out of both locations. The lodging and shopping convenience of Ely usually wins out when bringing the kid, plus we typically hit the Wolf or Bear Center on the way out of town.


Thanks for sharing.
SaganagaJoe
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09/07/2016 08:11AM
 
I'm very happy that you got to see the Northern Lights; just hoping that I'm as lucky when I go up next week (!). Great report, and I take it you're a Luke Bryan fan.

aka HermitThrush "Such sights as this are reserved for those who will suffer to behold them." -Eric Sevareid
bwcahuggy
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09/26/2016 07:57PM
 
We were there around the 4th of July and loved it! Stayed on site 674 and saw loads of moose. Didn't stay up late enough to see the northern lights :-) There were a lot of canoes passing thru, but we still saw tons of wildlife. Fishing was tough but I think it was because of the mayfly hatch. We paddled down to Vista also and your right about that portage, it sucked!

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.
boonie
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09/28/2016 07:39PM
 
I enjoyed your report, Lindsey. Brings back memories of my 2012 late Sept. trip from Cross Bay to Poplar. It was a really nice weekend weather-wise when I was on Horseshoe and was fairly busy even then. It seems that easily accessible lakes (1/2 day travel) are busy any nice weekend. We had the same experience exiting at Sawbill a couple of years ago at the end of Sept., but only saw one couple for days before reaching Kelso. A little farther out and mid-week, it can be pretty quiet.
MNLindsey80
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10/03/2016 08:50PM
 
I'm thinking this would be a great location to head back to over MEA week!

Just finished, [section] hiking the traditional Superior Hiking Trail, from Martin Road to the Otter Lake Road 270° degree overlook. (2017-2020)
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