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May 07 2021

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
Pictographs
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!

Little Indian Souix River North

by ChicagoJosh
Trip Report

Entry Date: May 14, 2010
Entry Point: Little Indian Sioux River (north)
Number of Days: 3
Group Size: 5

Trip Introduction:
5 man trip from entry point 14. this is my 1st ever trip report on bwca.com so bare with me lol

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alright im not totally sure what people typically put in these but i'll do my best.

-1st off. sadly to say 2 of my friends were attacked in Ely the night before we left with a lead pipe. my one friend needed 17 stitches in his head. the other broke his hand blocking the pipe and then retaliating.

I only mention this as a percaution to others. it seemed as though this was a "locals who don't like tourists" type of attack. i was asleep when it happened and can't provide and more real detail.

-Little Indian Souix River North. water levels are low. beavers are hard at work, and created an extra little portage just north of the 160 rodder.

-we caught a LOT of fish. ate about 6-7 per night. northerns, walleye, bass, perch (we think)

-black flies had not hatched yet, but were due to anyday.

-we stayed at nice site. in particular i liked the one on east loon bay that had a private cove with sand beach!

-On Lower Pauness we caught may fish with minows and bobbers right from the shore.

great weather and great trip besides the Ely incident...look out for them crazy locals.

 

Lakes Traveled:   Upper Pauness Lake, Lower Pauness Lake, Loon Lake, Shell Lake,

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