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Entry Point 16 - Moose/Portage River (North of Echo Trail)

Moose/Portage River (north) 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 27 miles. Access is a 160-rod portage heading North from the Echo Trail.

Number of Permits per Day: 7
Elevation: 1348 feet
Latitude: 48.1230
Longitude: -92.0991
A favorite route offering many trip options and memorable things to see including;

World Class fishing for all four BWCA Species
Soaring granite hills and cliffs
Small lakes
Small rivers
Tumbling rapids and waterfalls
Wildlife, including Moose
Vistas from high points across the region if you're willing to climb. Rating Easy to Moderate. Day One. Get to EP16 off of the Echo Trail early. The initial portage is long, but well worn and smooth, sloping gently downgrade to the launch area. Load your canoe and head North. You'll be paddling with the slight current on this narrow winding river. The water is clear and make sure to tell the bowperson to watch for looming rocks!

Agnes, La Croix, Iron, Stewart

by foleyb83
Trip Report

Entry Date: June 25, 2009
Entry Point: Moose/Portage River (north)
Number of Days: 12
Group Size: 4

Trip Introduction:
Had some trouble with cold/windy/wet weather the first week. Caught lots of pike in the 15-25 inch range on everything we threw from the boulder river to La Croix. Smallies and Walleyes were slow the first week. Second week action picked up on Iron for smallies on jerk baits, weightless worms, and small crank baits. Some nice Walleyes while fishing for smallies on Iron as well on same lures. Top water bite was hot one day on Rush Lake midday on Zara Spooks. Stewart as always good for walleye with leeches on bluffs in about 10 feet of water on the bottom. I LEFT MY CAMERA IN A CAMO BAG at the entry point (Moose River North #16) on my way out. Please call me if you pick it up or have any info. 937 681 9262 -Brian

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