BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog
September 23 2023
Number of Permits per Day: 2
Elevation: 1432 feet
Duncan Lake - 60
Rookie Couple Tags Along with Old Hand
July 30, 2010
Number of Days:
We had a great time at the portage, exploring along the paths toward both the top and bottom of the falls. Taking pictures, enjoying the mild temps and sunshine, with hiking and a picnic on a path away from the falls. The path was an easy hike with a few good views as you were high above Rose Lake. Exploring the lower falls, I maneuvered over toward the middle and had a great time watching an Ebony Wing Damselfly zip around the rocks and water. Then, this guy came over to me, landed on the leg of my shorts and proceeded to eat a black fly! Amazingly, he ate one end of the fly before rotating it to eat the other end, leaving 2 sets of wings on my shorts before wiping at his mouth and flying off. He didn’t go far, I am happy to report as he moved to a nearby rock and batted his black wings (outlined along the top edge with his beautiful blue/teal color) at me. Wow! What an experience.
Other adventures included paddling near a beaver dam, with a beaver swimming toward middle of lake and our other canoe. Followed by said beaver loudly slapping his tail against the water and abruptly changing course. No moose siting, although we did see fresh moose poop during a forage for firewood. The skies were a beautiful blue with puffy clouds and the lake was fairly calm and good for paddling. No bears either, though we still hung our bear bag full of food (even toothpaste!!) between 2 trees on a line 10' above ground level.
This was a fantastic trip for both the rookies and the experienced couple. Very relaxing, and in spite of the recent isolation at home due to COVID-19, it was a refreshing experience with minimal contact with others.