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!
June 18, 2013
Little Indian Sioux River (north)
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For the most part he's pretty well behaved in a canoe though he does get restless when we're out fishing all day. He also has a nasty tendency to lay on one side of the canoe when he decides to settle in. All in all it was an easy paddle in-only a few deer I had to keep the hound from swimming after.
Fishing was the order of business day two-they weren't exactly lining up to get in the boat however so I took a nap out of the bugs in my hammock before portaging into Heritage Lake. It was a sweaty/slippery/buggy affair getting to Heritage Creek but the final few steps were well worth its feeling the breeze coming off the water and seeing a bunch of Ladyslippers at the end of the portage.
A couple of hours spent paddling around catching logs and smallies brought me back to Loon Lake just as a nasty looking storm front was crawling across the boarder. Being on the opposite side of the lake from my camp I just settled in for the rain and started catching Eyes in about 8 feet of water-a nice meal for that evening. Orange twister tails worked even better than the leeches I had carried in.
The Souris River 17' that I was paddling from Cliff Wold's Outfitting handled great the whole trip-even with the pup going from side to side like a drunken sailor (he only fell out once)-in the wind or when calm. I have made this trip before and using this canoe defiantly cut down on travel time. Paddling out took about 5 hours into the wind the whole way and dodging scout troop after scout troop-lots of 8 and 9 person flotillas out there on Thursday when I returned (unfortunately a couple of them clearly traveling together).
Even so it was a great short trip with the hound. He was quite the hit on the water and at the portages... if only he would take the canoe next time...