BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog

May 09 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!

2018 BWCA Trex

by Camoghost
Trip Report

Entry Date: December 29, 2018
Entry Point: Little Indian Sioux River (north)
Number of Days: 1
Group Size: 1

Trip Introduction:
This was my first trip to BWCA. Main goal was to test equipment and check terrain. If everything went good then continuing on to fishing spots.

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The trip started out bad and ended in failure. Tried to get to planned entry point #14, ended up getting stuck in the snow. The previous day 12+ inches of snow had fallen. Ended up entering #15 at dark. decided to spend the night in the truck. In the morning ate breakfast and loaded gear. before I set out on the trail my snowshoes Both broke. I hadn't even left the parking lot. So I tried it without snowshoes and only made it in 1/2 mile before calling it quits. To save what was left of the day. I decided to just day hike the trail to get myself familiar with the area and terrain. After hiking thru the snow I realised that even if my snowshoes hadn't broke they probably wouldn't have been much better. If I want to hike this area in the winter I'm going to need larger snowshoes. Other than that the area is beautiful and weather was great. Temp was -4 in the morning and 5 at noon. No wind in the am with it changing to light in the afternoon.   

 


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