BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog
July 05 2020
Number of Permits per Day: 14
Elevation: 1381 feet
Trout Lake - 1
Lake One to Insula in August
August 20, 2006
Number of Days:
We drove up from Southern Wisconsin to Ely Saturday night. We picked up our permit and licences at an outfitter. We spent the night in the car at Entry Point 30, so we could get an early start Sunday morning. We had our canoe and kayak on the water at 6:00 AM. The weather was perfect. The water was very calm. We traveled through Lake One. Two short portages got us to Lake Two. Then to Lake Three, Four and three more short portages to Hudson. The longest portage was from Hudson to Insula, 105 rods. We paddled the southern end of Insula and found a campsite open southeast of the Rock on an island. It was a beautiful site. It took us ten hours to paddle and portage to our site. We wanted to make it in one day, and make day trips the rest of the week.
We spent the day fishing around camp. The bass were hitting behind the chain of islands east of our camp. We also wanted to see the rapids at the first Hope Lake portage, southeast of our site. The water level was down. The rapids were dry. A few northerns were hitting on the channel leading to the rapids. We kept enough fish to have a good meal. The day was sunny and warm.
Today was another beautiful day. We spent some relaxing time around camp. There were no mosquitoes or flies the whole week. Our campsite was high on a hill. It always provided a nice breeze. This may have helped keep the bugs away.
We decided to pack up and get back near the car, so we could paddle out to the car and still drive the 8 hour trip home Friday morning. We found the campsite closest to Entry Point 30 open. It took us 8 hours to paddle and portage from our base camp to the camp near the entry. We were packed up and ready to paddle out by 7 AM on Friday. We had a big breakfast at the Chocolate Moose, did a little souvenir shopping and headed home. We all want to this again real soon.