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December 04 2020

Entry Point 32 - South Kawishiwi River

South Kawishiwi River 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 140-rod portage to the river.

Number of Permits per Day: 2
Elevation: 1201 feet
Latitude: 47.8419
Longitude: -91.6632
South Kawishiwi River - 32

Sept/ Oct 7-day Trip - YouTube Slide Show - South Kawishiwi Entry

by ghamer
Trip Report

Entry Date: September 27, 2020
Entry Point: South Kawishiwi River
Number of Days: 7
Group Size: 4

Trip Introduction:
We entered at South Kawishiwi and paddled up the South Kawishiwi River and had a very relaxed pace! We stayed 3 nights at The Hilton (site 1131). Then continued to the North Kawishiwi and spent 2 nights in that area. The weather was typical for that time of year. We had some rain and some sun. Fishing was so-so but we did have a couple fish meals :-) Water levels were low, so that caused some of the portages to be challenging with more rocks to climb over. The campsite occupancy rate when we first went in was less than 25%. Then around Oct. 1, we saw people everywhere! We wondered if it was because reservations were no longer required after Oct. 1. Anyway, enough rambling. Please watch the video and see our 7-day trip distilled down to 20 minutes.

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