Thanks for the report.
I was camped on Loon Lake the night of the big rain storm and wind. My weather radio told me what was coming so I purposely chose a less than ideal tent spot becaus it had better drainage, I'm glad I did, I stayed dry.
That was quite the storm.
Enjoyable and informative report as always. I knew you were out there somewhere during the first part of the challenge, and now I know where. I 2nd the usefulness of tenacious tape. I've used it to repair a gash in a canoe. Now I carry clear and black.
Great report! I have been curious about the Namakan River for some time, especially the portages and rapids. Thanks for the detailed info.
I enjoyed listening to your thoughts as you paddled past the group of scouts...
That was nice timing to run into the WaterTribers doing part of the route you did previous. Kindred spirits.
Spartan2: "If you would want to look at my very sketchy report from that first trip:
The photos from another time and recounted memories of that trip are awesome to read!
I'm not sure where I got the idea for this trip. I do remember seeing an article somewhere about 10 rivers (to paddle now) that are threatened by dams, and the Namakan was high on the list. It is a great route with some extremely cool history.
I have just quickly read your report and will read it in more depth tomorrow. It fascinates me, as I rarely get to read a report of a trip on the Namakan River--a place very special in my heart.
Our first canoe trip together in 1971 was the Namakan Loop, starting at Crane Lake and paddling the Loon River to get there. My husband chose it because HIS first canoe trip (in 1967) was also the Namakan Loop. That six-day trip in 1971 was life-changing for me in many ways. We enjoyed canoe-tripping together as a tandem pair for 43 years after that, and we still go to the canoe country every summer now for a cabin week.
If you would want to look at my very sketchy report from that first trip:
Namakan Loop 1971
Thank you for your report. Great photos!
nice report and thanks for sharing. could you please elaborate on the "The multiple permits needed for this trip were a little tricky to manage, but I was able to make the border crossings and BW entries legitimately. "
Great trip report and pics, thanks for sharing!
Awesome report, thanks for sharing!
Nice report about a different trip. You covered some ground - not too much portaging.
I hate to see a special tree that has fallen, but I love to read about a special trip. Thank you.
I really enjoyed reading your report and loved your pictures. The pic of the big pine that is now downed reminded me of a trip 30+ years ago. A friend and I camped on Pine (east of Gunflint Trail) at a site with a big, beautiful pine like that over the water. At dawn the next morn I woke to the sound of someone breaking firewood in our camp...or so I thought. As I poked my head out to assess the situation, I witnessed the pine tree break near the base and crash into the lake. As I jumped up out to look closer, I spied a little mouse crawling off what was now just a rotted stump.
^BenSki^ is the guy that lost his stakes, but who also taught me about Tenacious Tape :)
Nice report and pics! I have to agree that it was a good group and trip, even if it was a little wet...
New Trip Report posted by muddyfeet
Trip Name: Stormy September - Namakan-Loon River Loop.
Entry Point: 14
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