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September 27 2022

Entry Point 25 - Moose Lake

Moose Lake entry point allows overnight paddle or motor (25 HP max). This entry point is supported by Kawishiwi Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 21 miles. Access is an boat landing or canoe launch at Moose Lake. Many trip options for paddlers with additional portages. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 27
Elevation: 1356 feet
Latitude: 47.9877
Longitude: -91.4997
Moose Lake - 25

Ensign Lake

by birdonbats
Trip Report

Entry Date: September 05, 2022
Entry Point: Moose Lake
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 6

Trip Introduction:
Guys fishing trip

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I was only able to pull one trip together into the BWCA this year. My 25yr old son and 2 of his buddies ( The kids ) along with myself and my 2 buddies ( The old goats ). We brought in 2 of our own canoes and rented one from Voyager North outfitter. After breakfast at Subway, and getting the rental canoe added to my roof from V North, then a visit to ranger station to get the permit, we finally got on the water around 10:30 Labor Day ( and my son's b-day).  Up Moose and Newfound, then, hang a right at Splash. One easy portage of 30 rods and an easy walk-the-canoe thru into Ensign. Many of the campsites on Ensign were full. This surprised me as I figured many folks would be departing today to be back at work on Tuesday. Finally found campsite #1222 available. Not a very good landing area, but fairly flat pads for the tents and good views. 2 of the boys slept in hammocks. We were treated to a Northern Lights display about 10pm on Monday night. Interesting that the photos we took look more colorful than what we saw with the naked eye. Still, very cool!  We fished hard for 2.5 days and did ok. Ate fish dinners Tues and Weds nights. Caught walleye, northern, smallmouth and 1 large largemouth. Landed one 22" walleye. Beautiful weather. The lake had a lot of algae in it and the visibility was poor. My son went over and checked out Lake Vera and said it was incredibly clear. While we had a few rookies with us, I never would have guessed that everyone but me would end up in the lake. My buddies tipped and lost 3 fishing poles. Luckily, we managed to recover 1. All 3 boys took turns slipping off rocks, tipping the canoe, falling off an edge. Lots of campfire stories regarding the errors of their ways. All in all a very good trip. Worst part was returning in the strong wind and white caps on Newfound and Moose. That was some serious paddling! 

 


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