BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog
July 02 2020
Number of Permits per Day: 14
Elevation: 1381 feet
Trout Lake - 1
Lake One Loop through Wilder, Rock Island, Turtle and many more
June 06, 2009
Number of Days:
This was the day we drove up to the BWCAW from our houses in the suburbs of Chicago. The day before this we had graduated, attended a senior party that lasted till 4 A.M. this day, slept for a few hours and then left. We got on the road at noon and got to Jordan's Outfitters around 9:00 P.M. As a side note, we were both pleased with the service we received here before and after the trip. We went into Ely for some DQ, talked about how excited we were for our trip, and went to bed.
Today was our first day on the water. We left the bunkhouse at about 5:15 a.m. and headed for the Lake One entry point. We stopped for breakfast pizza on the way at a gas station. After putting in, we went from Lake One to Lake Two and then to Rifle Lake. A relatively easy day, we got to camp by lunch time and napped all day. The campsite on Rifle is one I've stayed at before and like a lot. There is plenty of space, nice boat landings, and great scenery here.
Today was probably the worst day weather wise but we still found ways to enjoy the day. I started off the day by making a terrible batch of pancakes but we still ate them. After that we had a pretty long portage into Bridge. It started drizzling while we worked a way through Lake Four and Bridge Lake. When we finally got on the creek heading south into North Wilder we were pretty drenched and rain had somehow soaked through Mike's rain jacket so he was getting pretty cold. After paddling some beautiful country we got to our campsite on North Wilder where we called it quits for the day. We rushed to set up camp in this rain, purify some water, and salvage some dry wood for later. Mike was getting really cold so I let him warm up in the tent while I hung up a tarp and set up a clothes line under it to start drying our soaked clothes. Not the best day of the trip but still fun.