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Entry Point 27 - Snowbank Lake

Snowbank Lake entry point allows overnight paddle or motor (25 HP max). This entry point is supported by Kawishiwi Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 24 miles. Access is a boat landing or canoe launch at Snowbank Lake. Many trip options for paddlers. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 8
Elevation: 1191 feet
Latitude: 47.9716
Longitude: -91.4326
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NotSoFast
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10/22/2016 08:18PM
 
New Trip Report posted by NotSoFast

Trip Name: Solo October 2016.

Entry Point: 27

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boonie
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10/23/2016 12:39PM
 
Thanks for the follow up report. On my recent solo I enjoyed the area from Alice through Fraser, Sagus, Roe, and Cap to Boulder and Adams. If you have any more photos posted anywhere, I'd love to see them.


I'm glad some of the changes worked out well for you. I can certainly relate to the too ambitious route planning and not being adequately prepared for the vagaries of the weather that time of year.
NotSoFast
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10/23/2016 05:13PM
 
Didn't take many photos, unfortunately.


I'm really kicking myself for not slowing down more, especially from Fraser through the three-letters to Makwa. Already talking to my wife about doing that route again next fall.


Dave
boonie
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10/23/2016 06:45PM
 
I know the feeling, Dave - I was pretty focused on getting to Boulder when I went through there too and wished I'd taken it a little slower. I don't have many pictures from there.
Northwoodsman
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10/23/2016 09:05PM
 
Great report. I agree on your equipment reviews. Maybe an InReach or similar is in your future to contact your wife and as a GPS in a tough situation?
muddyfeet
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10/23/2016 11:12PM
 
Awesome!
I also tried a Sawyer filter this year too (mini) and thought it was fine for 5 days without any backflush.

Square hole may have been where someone removed a square rock?


When it's cold- do you wear gloves at all for paddling?


Thanks for sharing.

"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
NotSoFast
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10/24/2016 05:34AM
 
Northwoodsman, I have usually not carried electronics (except my phone, because I don't want to leave it in the car), but it may be time to reconsider. I thought often on this trip about how helpful it would be to send an "I'm OK" message.


Muddyfeet, I brought inexpensive fleece combo mittens -- the kind where you can peel back the mit to have your fingers free. I wore them a few times on portages to avoid directly gripping the canoe's aluminum gunwales, and around camp in the morning. Although the mittens got wet/damp, they still added a lot of warmth. If my hands had been cold while paddling I would have worn them without hesitation. In the past I've tried neoprene gloves for paddling, but for some reason I really don't like the way they feel on my hands.
jeepgirl
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11/11/2016 12:25PM
 
Notsofast, try wearing a thin pair of gloves inside the neoprene gloves. That helps with the feel of the neoprene on your hands. I think mine are the cheap fleece ones from Menards. It works well for me and I keep the gloves in my life jacket. At camp I have some fleece mittens.
missmolly
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11/11/2016 04:37PM
 
I know what it's like "sleeping in every stitch of clothing" one has and still being cold and especially if one is wet all day and it takes me hours before I work the damp dold out of my bones. Good report!

I will paddle eternal, Kevlar and carbon.
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