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July 12 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!

Slim Lake

by ArsGratiaArtis
Trip Report

Entry Date: August 10, 2020
Entry Point: Slim Lake
Number of Days: 2
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
There are 4 camping spots on Slim Lk. We decided to see if #1 was available because it’s near hiking trails. It was available & seemed like a decent spot so we set up camp there for two nights.

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Slim Lk campsite #1 is a good spot. The portage was not too difficult, 100 rods. Although we didn’t catch any fish, it was fun hiking to Ol’ Baldy. When I checked the time on my cell I was surprised that you get cell reception on Ol’ Baldy. The mosquitoes were not too bad but wearing long pants, long sleeve shirt is a must. The biggest surprise for us was that on our second day at around 4:30 the Stable flies came. They were pretty relentless, so we hid in our hammocks with netting. Then the next day as we departed in our canoe, they swarmed us, covering everything. Unfortunately I did not think about trying the Picardin so I’m not sure if that would have helped. Deet does nothing against them. Next time I’ll try Picardin. They followed us in the portage to the parking lot, too. We had to take breaks in the car to get breaks from the onslaught as we put the gear in the car & secured the canoe to the roof. Other than the Stable flies, Slim Lk campsite #1 was good. Lots of shade, peaceful, quiet.

 


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