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May 22 2022

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!

EP19 to EP16 10 Years & 480 Rods

by aruthenb
Trip Report

Entry Date: June 18, 2018
Entry Point: Stuart River
Exit Point: Moose/Portage River (north) (16)
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
My wife and I decided on a BWCA trip from Entry Point 19 to EP16 for to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. We had a great trip going up through Iron Lake.


Link to blog

Link to YouTube video of trip

~Stuart Lake, Nina Moose Lake, Dark Lake, Fox Lake, Iron Lake, Agnes, Lake


Lakes Traveled:   Stuart Lake, Nina Moose Lake, Dark Lake, Fox Lake, Iron Lake, Agnes, Lake,

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