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June 16 2024

Entry Point 30 - Lake One

Lake One 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 21 miles. Access is a canoe landing at Lake One.

Number of Permits per Day: 13
Elevation: 1230 feet
Latitude: 47.9391
Longitude: -91.4792
My son Remy and I, and my friend Keith and his son Charlie put our canoes into Lake one at 9:30 Monday morning after dropping off a car at the Snowbank Lake landing. Lake One can be tricky to navigate. On our way to Lake Two we turned East too early and ended up paddling about a mile out of our way into a dead-end bay before we realized our mistake. We blamed the fact that Lake One was split between Fisher Maps #10 and #4 for our error. If the entire lake had been visible at once on a single map, we would not have made the wrong turn. Once we got back on course we portaged the 30 rods into a pond and then portaged the 40 rods into Lake Two. The weather was nice, and there was a bit of a tail wind out of the West. We stopped for lunch on the shore of Lake Two. After lunch we canoed through the North end of Lake Three and into Lake Four. We stopped for the night at a campsite on the West shore of Lake Four, just North of the channel heading toward Hudson Lake. We had to battle swarms of mosquitoes as we set up the tents. We then had a nice refreshing swim. Because we had brought steaks along for the first night, we didn't go fishing.

On Tuesday morning we had a bacon and eggs breakfast then packed up camp and headed out in our canoes. As we canoed past our campsite, we realized that Remy & I had left our hammocks pitched between trees. We landed again and quickly packed them up. Once again we had beautiful weather. We paddled East and completed 3 short portages before entering Hudson Lake. The 105 rod portage into Lake Insula was exhausting! Lake Insula is a large gorgeous lake broken up by multiple islands and penninsulas. We had lunch at a campsite on a large island just East of Hudson Lake. It felt like we had a tail wind as we were heading East, and then as we turned North it seemed like the wind shifted and was at our backs once again. We navigated Lake Insula flawlessly and camped for the night on the island just West of Williamson Island. After setting up the tents and a refreshing swim, Remy & I got back into the canoe and tried to catch some fish. We had no luck! At 9PM that night, just as we were going to bed, a thunderstorm rolled through. That night I was awakened several times by the loud croaking of bullfrogs from the shallows around our island. What noisy neighbors!

By Wednesday morning the weather had cleared, but the wind was now coming from the Northwest, pretty much in our faces. We paddled to the North end of Lake Insula and tackled the largest portage of our trip. The 180 rod walk to Kiana Lake actually seemed easier than the 105 rod carry into Lake Insula. We headed onward into Thomas Lake where we really started feeling the headwind. We finally made it to the campsite just Northeast of the portage into Thomas Pond in time for lunch. After lunch we proceeded across Thomas Pond and into Thomas Creek after hiking across the famous Kekekabic Trail. We managed to easily run the rapids in Thomas Creek and avoid the 2 short portages. We camped for the night on Hatchet Lake at the northern campsite. It was cool and windy, so we didn't swim. There was lots of threatening weather going by to the North of us, but we stayed dry. After supper we canoed back to Thomas Creek to fish and look for moose. No luck on either count, but we did see a beaver swimmming.

The weather was nice again Thursday morning, but the wind was out of the West which was the direction we were heading. We portaged into Ima Lake and canoed across it. Before portaging into Jordan Lake, we watched a bald eagle sitting in a tree get harrassed repeatedly by a seagull. The narrow channel leading into Jordan Lake is quite beautiful. It is narrow like a river with big rock outcroppings. We paddled across Jordan, Cattyman, Adventure, and Jitterbug Lakes. We found the Eastern campsite on Ahsub Lake taken, so we camped at the Western campsite which had a great place for swimming in front of it. There was a very brave loon in front of the campsite who didn't seem to mind if we got close to it. We tried our luck at fishing, but only caught 1 smallmouth which was too small to eat. Between 5:00 and 7:30 that evening we saw a number of canoes heading across Ahsub Lake from Disappointment Lake to Jitterbug Lake. We weren't sure where they were planning to camp, but it was getting late.

On Friday we awoke again to good weather. We paddled the length of Disappointment Lake and portaged into to Parent Lake and then on to Snowbank Lake. It was July 4th, and as we entered Snowbank Lake the sounfd of firecrackers reminded us we weren't in the wilderness anaymore. After a brief splash war on our way across Snowbank, we made it to the landing and our car was still there. What a great trip!

Gabbro, Bald Eagle, First solo

by Parnell
Trip Report

Entry Date: September 05, 2008
Entry Point: Little Gabbro Lake
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 1

Trip Introduction:
This was my first solo trip

Day 1 of 4


Friday, September 05, 2008
 



Day 2 of 4


Saturday, September 06, Sleeping in my hammock setup was much better then I thought. I kept hearing things all night, having bear thoughts, but it was very comfortable and cozy. Had coffee and was off exploring, as I don’t fish much. Rain off and on all three days so I had to be prepared. Black clouds around me all day as I paddled into Eagle Lake and back. Hung out on the island camp and relaxed.

 



Day 3 of 4


Sunday, September 07,Got up after a rainy night and made oatmeal to warm up the bones in my body. The noa weather said it got down to the low 30’s last night. At this point I paddled into some of the bays off of Gabbro and gathered wood along the way for another cold night. I think the next time I solo I will pick up camp and move on rather then staying in one place. I feel like I need to move on a loop up to Turtle or something like that, but the heel spur that has been bothering me all summer is acting up again. I hang around the island the rest of the afternoon and take pictures. A rainstorm with high winds move in and I watch two canoes struggle to get to shore. Fire to soothe me and darkness sets in… I am alone. I wonder what my family is doing and did my 11 yr. old son win his first football game yesterday?

 



Day 4 of 4


Monday, September 08, Chilled out all day on the island as it was very windy and the waves were splashing. Gathered more wood for the fire tonight because when it gets dark up here it’s the only thing I can really look forward to along with a hot dinner. I was able to get one faint radio station at about 7pm and low and behold it was the season opener, Packers and the Vikings. Not so lonely tonight listening to the game and having a cocktail with angle hair pasta and red sauce. Bed early and packing up early to beat any rain that could develop like it’s been all week[paragraph break] I really enjoyed being alone in the BWCA. Talk about building up your confidence. I felt like I recharged my human batteries and could face any challenge back at home. This website was a gem, thanks to all who helped! Next year my 11 yr. old will come along.

 


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