BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog
March 26 2023
Entry Point 16 - Moose/Portage River (North of Echo Trail)
Number of Permits per Day: 5
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!
Moose River to Tiger Bay
September 06, 2019
Moose/Portage River (north)
Number of Days:
We arrived at the Moose River entry point about 7 a.m., stopping to take in the Echo Trail pictographs:
I decided to dress in period attire for the first day. It was a fun conversation starter along the fairly busy Moose River.
We met several parties on the way out who had camped on Agnes, and all of them had bear encounters at their campsites. This reinforced our plan to try and make it all the way to LLC. This portage right before Agnes has to be one of the prettiest in the BW:
We ended up making it to camp in about 7 hours at fairly easy pace, double portaging. We took the island site at the West end of Tiger Bay:
We had a nice dinner of steak & potatoes, and a delicious apple crunch that I found online and will post in the recipe section.
Day 2 was a layover. We tried fishing for an hour or so, but the wind picked up considerably, forcing us back to camp. We caught a couple of small northerns, but was very slow otherwise.
We stopped for lunch at the South end of Agnes, when the family that we shared the bunkhouse with paddled by. Small world. It turned out to be a very pleasant day, partly cloudy and in the 60's.
The paddle out on Monday morning was uneventful. Met a group of four brothers taking a trip as a sort of reunion. One of them was kind enough to take our photo.
After showers at VNO and lunch at DQ, we headed for home and drove through rain most of the way. It turns out that we had the perfect window of weather for this trip.