Part 1 of 3
My first trip into the wilderness was with my parents and my younger sister. I was about 10 years old, and never heard of the BWCA until we made the trip up. We left the Twin Cities on a Friday afternoon and arrived in Ely to get our equipment at Canoe Country Outfitters late afternoon. We were warned that we probably would not have enough time to make Nina Moose that day, and should not enter the BWCA that evening. Since we only had three days my dad decided to try anyway. We made the then 175 rod first portage while it was still daylight. After we finally got on the river darkness fell over the northwoods, and my sister and I took turns sitting way in front shining a flashlight so my parents could see where they were going. We heard rapids and missed the first portage. My dad waded us thru the first set of rapids on the Moose River. We paddled down and hit the second portage which we found in time. There was no moon to guide us, it was pitch black. The river levels were low and the current was almost still. We paddled for hours and finally came to a point where there was no flow at all. We thought we took a turn into a dead end. My dad decided to paddle back to the last portage where he took out our sleeping bags and slept at the landing.
Part 2 of 3
The next day we got up and once again set out. We met some others coming back and my dad asked them how far Nina-Moose Lake was and they said it was beyond the beaver dam just down the river. We came to the place we had been the night before and it was at the beaver dam and beyond it was Nina-Moose Lake. We found a small opening on the side of the dam and went thru. We found one of the only sites on the lake and set up camp.
Part 3 of 3
I don't remember much else about this trip, things changed a lot over the years in the BDub. My dad had the convenience of four canoe rests on the 175 rod entry portage. The entry lot was maybe 1/10 the size it is now. Back in the late 60's you could enter at Moose River and not see many people compared to now.