BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog
May 17 2022
Number of Permits per Day: 2
Elevation: 1595 feet
Isabella Lake - 35
Short trip to Perent
July 15, 2021
Number of Days:
We got a late start due to a late notice appointment, but we drove up the shore and arrived at the landing around 2pm. We were surprised by how far we had to travel on a dirt road, but I guess that's most of the BWCA. As we got closer, we saw Hog creek a couple times winding back and forth on the road. It was so dried up, it looked like nothing but a super small creek. We knew this could be an issue, but were hopeful we could still make it in. Once we made it to the entry point, we decided the trip was at least worth a shot. We made it only a few hundred feet before we needed to get out and push the canoe over some mud. Then we did that again, and again, and again. Hog creek at this time was SUPER DRY and made it pretty frustrating to make it down. Luckily the bugs weren't bad, because we had to get out of our canoe quite a few times! It took us about 2 hours to reach Perent Lake.
As we paddled across Perent, we saw the first 6 or 7 sites were full. We made it almost to the northeast end before we found a site on the east shore line free. We snagged it without questioning if it was a good spot. Turns out it was just fine for us. Very few bugs, little breeze, great view, and some privacy. Exactly what we look for in the BWCA!
We set up camp, fished a little (caught one small northern and one small rock bass), and had brats for dinner. We went to bed early as we couldn't have a campfire due to the dry season. First time in the BWCA without a campfire, but going to bed early was just fine by us tired parents.
I woke up early, and went out fishing while my wife slept in a little. I caught one small (13inch) walleye and another small northern, but nothing exciting. Came back for a little breakfast and the a nap. Turns out when the kids aren't around, my wife and I LOVE to nap. We took a snooze in our hammocks, which was wonderful. Afterwards, we just relaxed the day away. We fished a little more, swam, had lunch, fished some more, and then enjoyed a cocktail while having good conversation in the middle of the woods. Nothing more we could ask for!
We slept in a little, but then starting packing up when we woke up. We wanted to get the hog creek journey over with and enjoy a lunch somewhere before we got back home. As we ventured through the creek, we counted 226 frogs, 11 turtles, 19 times getting out of the canoe to push/drag the canoe, and we think 4-5 beaver dams (forgot to count them). Again, it was about a 2 hour travel time through the creek. I would assume it would be a little less if you didn't have to get out so much, but it's such a windy creek you can't paddle very fast. We made it out without any major issues, and were able to have a wonderful lunch on the way home at Grand Superior Lodge on the north shore. I beautiful view on their patio.
Another successful, although short, BWCA trip under our belt. I would recommend a different route if the water is real low. If it was any lower, it would have been pretty rough. Especially if the bugs are bad.