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March 04 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
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!

May 2020 - Nina/Moose > Iron > Crooked > Basswood > Horse > Mudro

by TheGreatIndoors
Trip Report

Entry Date: May 18, 2020
Entry Point: Moose/Portage River (north)
Exit Point: Mudro Lake (23)
Number of Days: 10
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
Drove ~23 hours from New York to Ely for a 10-day fishing extravaganza. Entered the park one of the first days it opened following COVID-19 related closure. (Maybe the second day it was open?) Paddled hard to reach Iron Lake on day 1, fished Peterson and the Falls before heading on to Sunday>Saturday>Friday>Basswood, Horse, etc. The weather was warm and the fishing was hot! You can enjoy the show here:


Enjoy the show here:


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