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July 02 2020

Entry Point 1 - Trout Lake

Trout Lake entry point allows overnight paddle or motor (25 HP max). This entry point is supported by La Croix Ranger Station near the city of Cook, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 30 miles. Access from LakeVermilion via 60-rod canoe portage or 180-rod portage that allows the use of portage wheels. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 14
Elevation: 1381 feet
Latitude: 47.9144
Longitude: -92.3220
Trout Lake - 1

Gull Lake no Clear no Fire no Insula

by L.T.sully
Trip Report

Entry Date: July 23, 2006
Entry Point: Lake One
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
This trip was planned for Gull lake. The day before leaving we found out about the fire. We had to make new plans. Going to Clear lake seemed good. It was likely filled with people from other ep's from the fire too though. We packed our gear thursday night. Oh yhea this was a trip of my father and me. We were disgrunted having to take 2 equiptment packs. Friday morning we leave at 10:00 est. Chicago traffic was bad but my dad was a chicagoan. He quickly got us off the jammed freeway. More traffic later in the trip. At 9:00 cst we arrived at our freinds in kettle river minnessotta. Saturday wake up eat, and drive to ely. Stopped at scubs bait and tackle to pick up fishing licences. Than went to the kawishawi lodge. After talking we dicided on going east. Now we need a map. Go back to ely stop at piragis to get a map. A mckenzie 118 dissapontment lake. In ely we shop for breakfast, and forgotten gear like paper towles. Back at our bunkhouse at the lodge happy dreams.

Day 1 of 5


Sunday, July 23, 2006


We wake up eat breakfast load our rented 18 foot Kevlar Souris River canoe. We set out at 6:00. Making good time thtough the numbered lakes. On the second portage to lake two we were still wondering Fire Lake or Insula. The people on the portage said due to smoke Insula was near deserted. (We never saw smoke on Insula) Our minds were made up Insula it was. On Lake three my compass needle went nuts. Due to we went in the wrong direction. That cost us a whole hour. On Three it starts to rain. By the time we reach the Insula portage It's raining on and off. On the portage with several other groups they are slipping and slidding. We have no problem. On Insula is begins to pour. We get to a nice site on the northern end with a southern exposure. We make camp. When we get water we realise our bag filter broke. Later it really starts coming down. In the tent I fall asleep. My dad wakes me up dinners cooking. And our propane stove broke, and we forgot the shovel. I begin to realise the site is trashed. Names written in the sand. Cigarette buts, and even a fishing lure. We find a good food bag tree and get some well deserved shut eye.  

 



Day 2 of 5


Monday, July 24, 2006


STORM I'm a heavey sleeper but that storm was bad. Lightning and thunder rattle the tent. I'm awoken for a whole hour.


Morning the storm has passed. It's a great day. One problem The prvious tennants of the site never bothered to clean the ashes out. I mentioned we forgot our shovel. We are forced to clean it out with our cups. It is noon before breakfast is ready. Bacon, and hash browns. I explore the area. The veiw is great! That night our shower bag was schorching hot. Hotter than the showers at home. Southern exposure pays off.

 



Day 3 of 5


Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Another great day. Wake up and fish. Chatch nothing. Come back and soak up rays. This site has a bee hive, and also lots of flys yet no mosquitsos. Star gaze that night.

 



Day 4 of 5


Wednesday, July 26, 2006Final full day fishing again nothing again. Today we day trip to Thomas, and later float down, and fish the Kawishawi again nothing again. So much a repeat of yesterday.

 



Day 5 of 5


Thursday, July 27, 2006Final day we wake up break camp. One problem I come down with the runs. Two trips to the latrine later we fear Girardia. It passes. We set off at 9:30. Go back the way we came we see a bald eagle on lake four. Back at the lodge all is good.

 


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