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July 20 2019

Entry Point 44 - Ram Lake

Ram Lake entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Gunflint Ranger Station near the city of Grand Marais, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 26 miles. Access is a 90-rod portage from the parking area. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 1
Elevation: 1498 feet
Latitude: 47.9547
Longitude: -90.4423
Ram Lake - 44

Worth the work!

by UPspream
Trip Report

Entry Date: June 06, 2017
Entry Point: Ram Lake
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 4

Trip Introduction:
We were not nearly as physically or mentally prepared for the terrain, but wow was in incredibly rewarding!

Report


We set off with hopes of getting to Vista, but stopped on Little Trout Lake. We camped on the island. We had 4 in our group, 2 to a canoe. We had no idea what we were in for with the portages. I remember one being straight up and straight down. This was out first portage experience, the year prior we camped on the lake our entry point was on. Anyway, we were so happy on Little Trout, we had decent success catching trout, we made for one of the best breakfasts I have ever had! We also had an incredible steak dinner our first night, which was one of the best rewards after our hike and paddle in! Our island campsite had room for 3 tents, and great hammock spots. You could see the lake from the fire pit, but had better views if you walked towards the water. We swam right off the rock, which was also refreshing and a blast. Landing wasn't too bad. We made our way back for our last night and stayed on Ram Lake, we got hit by a storm and were pretty gassed when we set up camp, I barely remember what it was like, but I do know it wasn't awful, we mostly wanted to tackle the big beast of a portage and just sleep for tha night. And good thing we did because we made our last portage to the entry point right as another storm started! I can't wait to go back to this spot some day, and finish our trek to Vista as well! I highly recommend this portage/ entry point/ campsite on Little Trout. those that are super experienced portagers, might even find this easy :)

 


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