Day 1 of 7
Thursday, August 11, 2011 Sea Gull Lake, Alpine Lake, Jasper Lake Jack an I woke up around 4 this morning it was raining off an on all night. We stayed out by mink lake in the National Forest campground so we had a short hour drive up the gunflint to get to our entry point. We unloaded everything in the dark and in the light rain. We set off into the mist around 5:45. Seagull was calm and the rain was coming in sheets of light and harder rain making cool lines of water coming in our direction. The map we had did not have the starting 1/2 mile or so, so we just went for it looking at the map half way across we noticed we were on the south side of three mile island. Coming off the Island end I threw out my deep diver half way across I had something hit hard went for my pole and it was off already. Found our first hundred rod portage and I took my canoe and started off up a slight hill made it all of 45 rods probably less and set the pig down. Tired I went back for my pack met a group of 6 on the way back from grabbing my pack. I got back to the spot I left the canoe and Jack had took off with the canoe, we decided the canoe would be carried across by both of us from here on out. Tail winds out of the east had started picking up across Alpine made quick to the next portage. Had time to fish by the portage as we met a solo, he said the fishing was slow and came from Little Sag. Pulled up the first smallies of the trip fallowed by a couple more on the other side of the portage. We set up on the west point camp site on Jasper, nothing special all burned down trees makes you feel out in the open. Got a fire going cooked up some water for drinking and made some grub. Went out fishing from shore and caught a few by the stream coming in west of the site from canoe. Went to bed early thinking of the next day.
Day 2 of 7
Friday, August 12, 2011 Kingfisher lake, Ogishkemuncie Lake Woke up rather early took down camp hit the water and portaged into Kingfisher We decided to fish the stream coming into kingfisher from Osh. We were not disappointed, we beached an fished for a while. A couple groups went through and we could here a banging noise coming from upstream. A half hour later a man and his son appeared dragging his canoe over fallen trees me and Jack had a chuckle at the man when he stayed "Id rather float it then carry the damn thing". We kept a few fish for dinner and made our way over the portage meeting a group that warned of bees at top the hill we did not stay around and look for them. We made our way across Osh and found our base camp island. Set up camp on a great site got the firewood from across the way and started boiling water (worst part of the trip).Now I have a filter thanks to my wife. Relaxed and explored the island with my pole in hand. Caught a few Smallies on the north side then went out in the canoe. Fish were not responding the best so we decided to swim it was hot. The site had the best rock to jump from Jack wouldn't jump 1st so I went for it, It was 20ft deep straight off the ledge according to the trusty Hummingbird. After 1st jump soaped up and jumped in for the rinse cycle, it was perfect even a nice rock ledge to get our of the water.
Day 3 of 7
Saturday, August 13, 2011 Ogishkemuncie Lake, Jenny Lake, Eddy Lake Took a day trip up to eddy lake falls It was very nice and worth the paddle met a few people coming up the portage. Caught smallies on Eddy, trolled Jenny on the way back snagged a nice pike. Got back and relaxed made some grub went swimming. We had a raven that started showing up on the island on the dead tree right by camp kind of cool.
Day 4 of 7
Sunday, August 14, 2011 Ogishkemuncie Lake Rained out today restocked fire wood before the system came through tarped the wood so we could start a fire easier. Didn't do much today high winds and rain kept us close to home base.
Day 5 of 7
Monday, August 15, 2011 Ogishkemuncie Lake Found a nice walter today casting my Cordell we decided to try later with leaches and a bobber. Night fishing Jack smoked a nice one then the bugs got to us and carried us back across the moon lit lake. It was cool Paddling across the glass.
Day 6 of 7
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 Ogishkemuncie Lake, Kingfisher, Jasper lake, Alpine lake. Started to head back today we made good time with high wind out of the west blowing us back. We made it to Jasper and the rain hit with winds in the 20-30mph. Set up camp on Alpine and had a to boil water and cook in the tent due to the miserable conditions. The wind was relentless never giving up through out the night.
Day 7 of 7
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 Alpine lake, Seagull lake We broke camp early the winds continued best guess around sustained 30mph. I shot the stream jack walked the portage going into seagull, fun lil stream it was. We took off across seagull and the waves grew quickly we stayed close to shore in case we were to swamp. Seagull was fun riding the waves with the canoe it was by far the biggest I had taken on with the canoe. We were in no time across the lake. We seen one group consisting of three guys heading out from the protected islands we waved they waved and we sat and watched from the calm water while we drank some water and took a breather. They paddled for 15 min and made it no more the 75 yards, we took off and headed back for our entry/exit. We seen a cub swimming across the inlet/outlet bay, 1st bear of the trip. A mile down the road seen a moose and her baby in a swamp. North of Duluth 20-30 mile seen a big Wolf cross the road. Had a great trip overall. I would of had some great pictures but my trail camera overwrote my sd card with all my trip pictures on it.