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June 20 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
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!

Sundial PMA

by CanvasAndSteel
Trip Report

Entry Date: June 08, 2013
Entry Point: Angleworm Lake
Exit Point: Stuart River (19)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 4

Trip Introduction:
Took a small group up from my church (I'm a Lutheran pastor in the Twin cities). The group wanted a mix of traveling, basecamping, fishing, and I suggested we put a PMA in play to get away from people.

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The start of the trip meant beginning with the angleworm portage, which is basically just a long walk in the woods. Nothing difficult about it, but a group would be advised to have things well packed in order to keep all the hand carried items to a minimum.

Angleworm Lake is unspectacular, but as the first lake after the portage few groups will camp on it. We went through Home to Gull, camping there on the first night. Didn't fish much there, and didn't catch anything either. We met a group from Iowa on their way out that gave us their leeches. Good folks.

Day two we entered the Sundial PMA via the Beatrap River out of Beartrap Lake. It's such a great little river, very remote feeling. The portages are Quetico- like, as in not always easy to follow (although not ever difficult to spot the landings).

Nights 2 and 3 were spent on Sunday Lake. It's a pretty lake, and small. Best campground (no grate, no biffy) is located on the east side of the Lake. Fishing is very good on Sunday. We ate 13 fish from first morning through second morning (9 walleye, 4 northern).

Day four we headed west to Stuart Lake. Sterling Creek is very pretty, but challenging to find. Topography makes it obvious where the creek is, but actually getting through to it requires trusting your instincts and paddling/pushing up a few dead ends. The portages through to Stuart are more difficult than on the Beartrap River. Sterling Lake is a larger and nicer looking lake than Sunday. I would like to camp there in the future and explore the fishing.

Nights 4 and 5 were spent on Stuart Lake. Very pretty lake. Excellent campsite on north side. Layover day was spent fishing the Stuart River holes along the portage (one large northern) and climbing the rock hill on the south side of the lake. Great view. fishing on Stuart was not good.

Final day we slept in, as it was our intention to camp on White Feather, a relatively short jaunt. It proved to be an uninspiring lake, so we decided to push on. The portage out was, again, a long walk in the woods. We met a group of 8 (two adult men, 6 boys)strewn throughout the portage. I doubt they were paddling before 2 pm. They would have been lucky to get to Stuart Lake by 8. Bad planning.

It was a good three day route stretched with layover days. since we went through the PMA we saw no people for three days. In all we saw only three other groups, one of those on the final portage. If you do it,remember to get the additional PMA permit. Angleworm Lake, Home Lake, Gull Lake, Thunder Lake, Beartrap Lake, Sunday Lake, Sterling Lake, Nibin Lake, Bibon Lake, Stuart Lake

 

Lakes Traveled:   Angleworm Lake, Home Lake, Gull Lake, Thunder Lake, Beartrap Lake, Sunday Lake, Sterling Lake, Nibin Lake, Bibon Lake, Stuart Lake,

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