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May 17 2021

Entry Point 9 - Little Indian Sioux River South

Little Indian Sioux River (south) entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by La Croix Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 44 miles. Heading South from the Echo Trail. Difficult route. Four portages to Bootleg Lake. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 1 permit every other day
Elevation: 1362 feet
Latitude: 48.1420
Longitude: -92.2079
Little Indian Sioux River South - 9

Dawson Portage

by bierbaum12
Trip Report

Entry Date: August 04, 2009
Entry Point: Little Vermilion Lake (Crane Lake)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
History of Dawson Portage


Dawson Portage. Dawson Portage runs between Portage Bay of Sand Point Lake to Wilkins Bay of Lac La Croix Lake, in Canada. It is four mile long, dirt, gravel, stone trail traversing rocky outcrops punctuated by swampy sections.[paragraph break] According to Jim, our driver, who took Don and me, our two kayaks and all of our equipment over it in a rusted out GMC Suburban (pulling a trailer) shared the history of this portage as he navigated this very bumpy “road.” Colonel Dawson built this road in the early ‘30's as a means of trucking fuel and food to the Indian Village on Lac La Croix Lake’s north shore during the winter. The trucks would travel over the frozen lakes, which at that time were covered with as much as 30 inches of ice. A road cut had to be made overland to shorten the rout, which then was named after the Colonel. [paragraph break]Resent years, this road became a portage as it permitted to bypass of the narrows of Loon River. Now, this overland rout is abandoned due to the two Marine Railroads (portages) on Loon River. Zup outfitter secured the right to use it for their customers, like us. Along the way, you can see a number of silent monuments from a period when this rout was more in demand. We passed old school buses, and bulldozers along the way. [paragraph break]Now days, the thought of driving over the frozen lakes escapes even the most adventures soles of the Northwood’s, as the ice rarely reach 18 inches thickness.


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