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Porkeater
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06/14/2017 12:59PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
As I mentioned in another thread, I have a permit for Angleworm at the end of June. My plan is, assuming the water level is high enough, to go down Spring Creek to where it joins the Beartrap River, and on to Sunday Lake. I have spoken to the FS to reserve that area of the Sundial PMA that night.

My question has to do with accessing Spring Creek. In Beymer's book, and in other threads, the most common way appears to be to access the Creek where it intersects the portage from the parking area. However, I see that the creek also intersects the Echo Trail about half a mile south of the parking area (outside of the park boundaries). If I have someone dropping me off, and no need to park, would it be permissible to put in to Spring Creek along the Echo Trail and follow it downstream to the portage? Would I be running afoul of the rule that requires you to enter "at" a specific entry point? A follow up question, if this would be allowed, is whether or not the navigability of the creek changes in that stretch.
 
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06/14/2017 04:32PM  
In theory you could enter at the Echo Trail using the Angleworm permit. I wouldn't recommend that. I also would not recommend putting in where the portage crosses Spring Creek, unless you're truly looking for an adventure. The only time I've been on Spring Creek was on snowshoes. I headed north from the portage crossing. It was one of the toughest snowshoeing I've ever done. I can't imagine doing it in a canoe.
06/15/2017 08:49AM  
the water has to be REALLY high. this creek is big enough for a 13' solo, bigger and you won't make the tight corners. there are uncountable beaver dams. many rapids, some tricky that must be run as there are no portages and shores are wet marshlands. in high water some of the rapids runs through alder thickets. i ended up camped in the marsh as there are no campsites and this creek requires a bit of time. this is the best wilderness route in the BWCA for a reason. before attempting this make sure you are really up on your paddling skills.



Porkeater
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06/15/2017 10:53AM  
Thanks for the input! I'll have to pay more attention to the water levels as it gets close.
PortageKeeper
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06/15/2017 03:17PM  
I guess if you are experienced at this type of bushwhacking I'd say go for it but getting a permit for the day of entry would be stretching it. It would take a long time and a lot of energy to make Sunday in the first day. I could make Sunday in the first day going the normal route, but not doing the creek. Even at that, it'd be a long day. The old maps show a trail to Sunday following the west side of the creek. Why would they need a trail if they could paddle the creek?
06/15/2017 06:12PM  
the trail was for supplying resorts on the border, i could find no trace of it at all. i have a comment for mr. porkeater. your profile shows zero bwca trips. this is NOT a canoe route, unless you are moving really fast you won't make it to a legal site your first day. i bush camped, illegally. i have done 45 day canoe trips in arctic canada and alaska not too mention many north of the quetico. this was one of the toughest days of paddling i have ever done.
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06/15/2017 07:56PM  
quote jwartman59: "the trail was for supplying resorts on the border, i could find no trace of it at all. i have a comment for mr. porkeater. your profile shows zero bwca trips. this is NOT a canoe route, unless you are moving really fast you won't make it to a legal site your first day. i bush camped, illegally. i have done 45 day canoe trips in arctic canada and alaska not too mention many north of the quetico. this was one of the toughest days of paddling i have ever done. "
Yes, that was my point. They would have used the water if they could have.
 
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