BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog
May 07 2021
Number of Permits per Day: 7
Elevation: 1348 feet
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
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!
LIS / Shell lake
June 24, 2009
Little Indian Sioux River (north)
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Today started with us paddling our way up the river and into Upper Pauness. There was a faster group behind us that we knew was going to Shell lake so we took the 40 rod into lower Pauness and let them take the 12 rod and pass us. We then did the 216 rod into Shell, paddled around the lake and eventually settled on the single island campsite on the south side of the lake. After dinner we sat by the shore fishing and drinking well into the night. We caught three walleyes, one nice one, and saved them all for breakfast. We couldn't have asked for a nicer night the weather was great. We got some much needed rest after not sleeping for over 36 hours tonight.
I woke up with the sun and cleaned our fish from the night before. After smelling frying fish Matt got up and ate with me. We then loaded the canoe and spent the day fishing on Shell, Little Shell and Lynx. We only caught one walleye on Lynx Lake today, however, when reeling in a little small mouth bass a giant walleye followed it to the boat. It had to be pushing ten pounds! We ended our fishing trip by drifting across Shell right back to our campsite. I caught a perch but I think we were moving a little too fast. We were both burnt out from the sun so we went back and took a nap in the shade. We then collected fire wood, made dinner, and ate s'mores before pulling our chairs up to the shore and fishing the rest of the night with drinks in hand and stars overhead. I saw 3 or 4 shooting stars tonight.
Today we both slept in well past sunrise. I think the sun wore us out. We had planned on fishing today and leaving tonight but we were a little sun burnt and didn't really feel like it so we left early and spent the rest of the day at Fortune Bay Casino.
This was Matt's first trip into the BW and I think he had a good time, I sure did. And we also both left the casino up 200 bucks which more than paid for the trip.