BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog

April 03 2020

Entry Point 34 - Island River

Island River entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Tofte Ranger Station near the city of Grand Marais, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 19 miles. Two small portages leading to Isabella River. No portages on Island River.

Number of Permits per Day: 1
Elevation: 1564 feet
Latitude: 47.7912
Longitude: -91.3332
Island River - 34

Isabella and Kawishiwi Rivers, Basswood Lake: Two Trips in One

by Kodaska
Trip Report

Entry Date: September 07, 2012
Entry Point: Island River
Exit Point: Fall Lake and Beyond (D)
Number of Days: 14
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:


This trip is the second one for me this year. My original plan was for a 10- to 14-day solo trip on the Isabella and Kawishiwi Rivers with a possible side trip in the Numbered Lakes. Over the summer, my friend Sandy spoke longingly of going back to the BWCA, where she had spend many vacations as a kid. We worked out a plan where I would do a week’s solo trip and meet her to continue the trip tandem. I would enter at EP34 (Island River), do part of the Kawishiwi Triangle, and get a site on Lake One. She would bring a tandem canoe, we’d switch boats, and spend the next week exploring the Numbered Lakes and maybe Lake Insula as well.

It worked out, but not as we anticipated.

See the rest of the report here: