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May 21 2024

Entry Point 50 - Cross Bay Lake

Cross Bay 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 45 miles. Access is thru the Cross River with two portages to Ham Lake and a 24-rod portage to Cross Bay Lake. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 3
Elevation: 1670 feet
Latitude: 48.0760
Longitude: -90.8222
Cross Bay Lake - 50

Appler, Cross Bay to Poplar Lake

by Patuxent
Trip Report

Entry Date: September 15, 2023
Entry Point: Cross Bay Lake
Exit Point: Lizz and Swamp Lakes (47)
Number of Days: 7
Group Size: 1

Trip Introduction:
This was my first BW trip after 2 nights the year before in the UP in the Sylvania Wilderness Area. This 7-day BW trip may have been too ambitious for a 67 year old novice and loner, but I survived.

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This was a grueling trip for me, which left me with an injured tail bone and lots of ideas. The most important one for me was to not go solo again. Apart from the want of comradery, there is too much work to do alone and too much danger of facing misshaps unaided. I did some falling, some sinking into the mud, and some capsizing at landings. I quckly learned how to assess landings better. I had a windy paddle along the length of Winchell in my smallish rented Prism; earlier I had a miraculously calm paddle along much of Brule Lake. My equipment and food loads could have been lighter. So it was a hard shake-down trip that might lead to more pleasant trips in the future.

 


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