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June 21 2024

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: 5
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!

FS rides again!

by floatstanley
Trip Report

Entry Date: June 24, 2010
Entry Point: Moose/Portage River (north)
Number of Days: 2
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
I finaly got out of that box. Now I'm just siting on the back of a chair with a stupid dog looking at me..


I made it out of the box on Wednesday morning and now I'm sitting on the back of a chair. Waiting.

Lots going on around me but no one will look at me.

Oh! Here he comes. Yes! Some action. Out the door and wait, is that a car? I thought I was getting on the water. Great now I'm strapped to the tie downs on the canoe. I hope I don't ride like this.

Geez now I'm in the trunk and can't see anything.

Judging by the number of stops this trip leader must have forgot a lot of things.

Daylight! Packs and a canoe! This is it!

Why am I being strapped to the seat? Is this joker gonna sit on me, oh great I'm now a seat cousin. After a few hours of being sat on we made it to Nina Moose Lake. I think the paddler had beans for dinner.

Its nice to be able to stretch my straps.

I sleep under the canoe. Its raining off and on. Looks like they are packing up. Another lake maybe?

This time I get strapped to the thwart. much more comfortable way to ride.

After getting rained on I'm happy to be back where we started. I hope the next trip I take is longer!

Nina Moose


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