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May 20 2022

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!

Boy scouts

by smalltown
Trip Report

Entry Date: July 08, 2008
Entry Point: South Kawishiwi River
Exit Point: Little Gabbro Lake (33)
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 7

Trip Introduction:
we went up the day before and stayed at a local camp site.

Day 1 of 4


Tuesday, July 08, 2008 We woke up early that morning and went up to Ely to get the briefing on the Bwca at the Dnr station. we entered the lake at entry point and travailed up the river. it was not more then 1 hour when me and my canoe partner stoped to let everyone catch up when I caught my first smallmouth bass of the trip. by the time we got to are first portage we had 2 smalles. the portage of 122 rods in to little gabbro. we ate lunch at a camp site just off the portage. well every body was eating lunch me and my Brother were fishing the rapids for some fish and we nailed them it was a lot of fun. we camped at 1711 site. witch is a nice site. we went back after seting up camp and taking a quick swim to fish the rapids that we just went through for walleyes we did not caught any then I learned we were fishing them wrong. But we ate fish for supper.

 



Day 2 of 4


Wednesday, July 09, 2008 we woke up at about 7:30 and had some eggs got checked by the warden and then started a long hard day. we went paddled across gabbro to bald eagle lake. At the rapids I caught a nice walleye it was 6 lbs 11oz to big to eat so I took pic and put is back. we worked are way across Baled eagle lake to the 198 rod portage down a creak a ways to a ez 40 rod to gull lake for lunch. a quick 50 rod portage and we were to are destination Pietro lake. here we ran in to a problem we could not find the camp sites. we finally found the one on the north east side. The camp had not been stayed at since the turtle lake fire. but we made do. however the fishing is out standing just down from the camp site unlimited bass.

 



Day 3 of 4


Thursday, July 10, 2008 we had pancakes this morning and headed out to our detonation of bald eagle lake. we went up to clear water lake we had a ridiculous wind in our face. we had 20 in waves in are face we made it to are camp site, before 1 we set up camp and sat in the tents and played cards. the wind died down at about 4 so we went out and caught 8 or so small bass. that we saved for the next mornings breakfast.

 



Day 4 of 4


Friday, July 11, 2008 today we just headedout to little gabbro and headed out on the 280 rod portage when we got to the truck we found out that we had about 5 galons of gas stoled out if the truck. after that had a long 6 hour car ride home

 


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