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November 30 2022

Entry Point 12 - Little Vermilion Lake

Little Vermilion Lake (Crane Lake) entry point allows overnight paddle or motor (Unlimited 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 45 miles. Enter from Crane Lake. Note: Not the entry point to use for Trout Lake (#1)

Number of Permits per Day: 6
Elevation: 1150 feet
Latitude: 48.2995
Longitude: -92.4268
Little Vermilion Lake - 12

Stand Up Paddleboard Speed Record - Krueger Waddell Challenge

by mcward1989
Trip Report

Entry Date: September 05, 2022
Entry Point: Little Vermilion Lake (Crane Lake)
Exit Point: North Fowl Lake (70)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 1

Trip Introduction:
Inspired by Beav and other WaterTribe ultra-distance paddlers, and Scott "Conchistador" Baste who set the SUP record before me, I (Mike Ward) set out on September 3, 2022 from Sha-Sha Resort just outside of Voyageurs National Park and paddled east on my stand up paddleboard to Lake Superior via the Grand Portage in 5 days, 10 hours, 30 minutes.

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Here is a link to the detailed story with photos: http://www.mikeward.cool/cool-adventures/bwca22/. Below are some other stats of the trip!

Trip Date: Sunday, September 4 – Friday, September 9, 2022

Area: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Trip Plan: Travel by stand up paddleboard from Sha Sha Point at the western edge of Voyageurs National Park west through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness along the US/Canada Border to the Grand Portage. Complete the 8.5-mile portage to Lake Superior to complete the historic ~250-mile route known as the Krueger-Waddell Challenge.

Stats: Start time: Sunday, September 4, 2022 at 6:23am Finish time: Friday, September 9, 2022 at 4:54pm Total time: 5 days, 10 hours, 31 minutes (130 hours, 31 minutes) Total miles (GPS): 255.7 miles Tracking Link: https://share.garmin.com/YCMPS

Training: I figured I’d be in good enough shape to paddle a lot during the summer, complete two races and rack big miles over two three-day weekends. The BWCA trips planned for June and July would be designed to be simulations for September

Moose Lake – June 25-27, 2022 Vatten Paddlar 5 mile Race – July 7, 2022 Big Ole Paddlefest 17 Mile Race – July 17, 2022 Fall Lake – July 25-26, 2022

Day 1: Sunday, September 4: Sha Sha Resort to Depthfinder Island Campsite N7, Namakan Lake – 46.4 miles 12:57:03. Started 6:23am, finished 7:20pm

Day 2: Monday, September 5: Namakan Lake to Fish Stake Narrows, Lac La Croix – 45.6 miles 12:53:15. Started 6:17am, finished 7:10pm

Day 3: Tuesday, September 6: Lac La Croix to East Side United States Point, Basswood Lake – 39.1 miles 11:59:20. Started 6:37am, finished 6:36pm

Day 4: Wednesday, September 7: Basswood Lake to Granite River – 49.5 miles 13:25:31. Started 5:46am, finished 7:11pm

Day 5: Thursday, September 8: Granite River to Mountain Lake – 40.5 miles 11:52:55. Started 6:01am, finished 5:51pm

Day 6: Friday, September 9, Mountain Lake to Lake Superior – 34.6 miles 10:50:00. Started 6:04am, finished 4:54pm

 


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