BWCA Entry Point, Route, and Trip Report Blog
February 09 2023
Number of Permits per Day: 2
Elevation: 1432 feet
Duncan Lake - 60
Duncan base camping
July 22, 2021
Number of Days:
First night we rented a great cabin at Clearwater Lodge. It was hard to leave the cabin on our first morning!
Two very quick portages and light paddling and we grabbed the second campsite on Duncan to the west of the portage. It’s a beautiful site on a peninsula with a great canoe landing spot and swimming beach on the south side.
Second day, we paddled over to the Rose portage and did the BRT hike to the vista. It was a tough hike but so worth it and we had a great sense of accomplishment. On the way back, the winds picked up a bit and Bonnie had to jump into the canoe and we towed the paddle board back to the campsite. It stormed that night but we stayed safe and dry. We had read about the tragedy that happened across the lake with Craig Walz and his son in 2016 and thought of them frequently throughout our trip, but especially that night.
Third day we wanted to go back to the Rose portage to hike the CRT, but got half way across the lake and hit crazy winds. Thankfully we started out without the paddle board and all three of us in the canoe so we powered our way back to camp. We then sat on our point with our wine and watched three separate canoes capsize! One pair had to hang out by the portage for two hours until the winds died down. Later that night we were treated to a spectacular smoky sunset and a full moon.
It was great to be back after a four year hiatus!
~Clearwater Lake, Hungry Jack Lake, East Bearskin Lake, Duncan Lake