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May 29 2024

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

Ensign Lake June 2023

by birdonbats
Trip Report

Entry Date: June 23, 2023
Entry Point: Moose Lake
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 4

Trip Introduction:
Two couples in for camping and fishing

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Departed Entry #25 at 9am and took almost an hour longer to arrive at our campsite on Ensign Lake than it would normally take due to stiff wind from the east. Wind from east is unusual and we thought we would hit the normal west wind on our exit out as well.  Lucky for us, the big lakes were calm on our exit. High traffic at the portages, but not very many folks in the water due to rainy, misty and wind.  Despite some rain and thick mosquitos qwe had a good time. Fire ban was in effect so we didnt have to scavenge for wood. Fishing was adequate and we ate walleye and smallmouth for dinner. My wife and I portaged over to Ashigan and paddled around. Such a pretty lake.  Our favorite part of the trip was putting our chairs down by the lake and watching "The Nature Channel". We saw crawdads, snapping turtles, painted turtles, a merganser with 10 babies, loons, gulls, eagles, a snowshoe hare, and a mink!  The mink was determined to take our fish on the stringer. He persisted for about 20 minutes before we finally got him to leave . We have a great video of him darting out from under the canoe to try to steal a fish.  Another year of great memories! 

 


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