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June 18 2024

Entry Point 26 - Wood Lake

Wood Lake entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Kawishiwi Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 13 miles. Access to Wood Lake is a 180-rod portage. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 2
Elevation: 1361 feet
Latitude: 47.9691
Longitude: -91.6001
Wood Lake - 26

Snowbank W/ Disappointment Backpack

by Dogpaddler
Trip Report

Entry Date: May 12, 2023
Entry Point: Snowbank Lake
Number of Days: 3
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
3 day 2 night backpacking trip around snowbank. Hot, sunny, whole lotta ticks.

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Completed a 3 day backpack trip around snowbank with disappointment. This hike would have been intermediate had it not been to the heat and trees over the trail. Overall we had a blast! Route was counter clockwise around the lake.

Day 1: we started from the hiking parking lot and hiked to a campsite on the SE side of disappointment lake. Beautiful large site, a lot of space to sit out and watch the sunset. A few looks hung out right by the camp all night. This first section of the hike was fairly easy, not a lot of trees over the trail.

Day 2: hiked to campsite on NE end of snowbank. Very sunny and hot, a lot of trees over the trail. Some moose sign on the trail and a few bear prints! The burned out section on the north end of the lake was very cool to hike through, trail was hard to follow in sections. A lot of loons again, campsite was very high above water, which is fine except for the extremely tired legs walking up and down for water. Very cool spot.

Day 3: hike out, a lot of trees over the trail again.

Other notes: pulled roughly 200-300 ticks off myself over the weekend. Record was 15 off one leg after about 10 minutes of hiking. Overall highly recommend this trail, it really wasn’t that hard of a hike but I got extremely sunburnt because I was not prepared for the sun. All the campsites we passed were beautiful. Very cool beaver dams to cross, very cool bridge.[paragraph break]

 

 


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