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July 18 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!

Rasta Wilderness 2005-2

by scotchnsota
Trip Report

Entry Date: September 09, 2005
Entry Point: Little Gabbro Lake
Number of Days: 7
Group Size: 4

Trip Introduction:
Pleasure Cruise #2 Scott, Joe, Duane Paddlin' New Guy Tim hit Gabbro for a week's worth of fishing, drinkin' and being ONE with nature - so to speak...

Report


The 3/4 mile portage to Little Gabbro was GORGEOUS - especially compared to our wet and soggy May paddle to Steep... The trail was completely dry - and the weather going in was perfect! In fact, things were so dry that when we reached the end of the portage it was easy to see that Little Gabbro was down - WAY down. Where you normally have the water meet you within a few yards of the end of a portage, there was a sea of mud and weeds that extended for about 40 yards past the end of the portage... We were VERY heavy going in - this being the pleasure cruise and all: two canoes, four paddlers, 6 packs, chairs, a cooking table, 2 coolers (one of them, a four foot long 7-day cooler!) and all the fixins to boot!

We made Gabbro in a little over half an hour and reached our site just as the sun was setting - got camp set up, had a drink by the fire and retired for the evening! Saturday we were greeted with 90 degree weather! Tim + Duane made a wood run while Joe and I set up the tarp and set up the camp. Sunday was another gorgeous 90 degree day that featured plenty of laziness and relaxation on our parts! We got rained out on Monday and things were looking rather gloomy at that point for the other three guys and their pursuit of some Walleye for upcoming suppers. (I don't fish...) Tuesday it cleared up nicely and the guys had plenty of luck fishing. They brought back four nice-sized Walleye and we enjoyed some fabulous "Lake 2 Plate" fillets, complete with wild rice and real potatos (with just the right touch of all-spice)! By Tuesday night, the weather was getting rather chilly at night - dipping into the 40's. The guys fished some more on Wednesday and by Thursday we were ready to hit the road back to dull and dreary civilization...

For the past couple of trips, I have borrowed a cousin's Coleman canoe - it weighs over 85 pounds empty! I have decided to bit the bullet and purchase a used Kevlar canoe! Upcoming trips planned for '06 are going to not only warrant it, they'll require it!

Happy trails to you all...

scott

Rasta Wilderness...

Little Gabbro Lake

Gabbro Lake

 

Lakes Traveled:   Gabbro Lake,

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