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      Baker Lake (EP 39) with 5 and 7 year old?     

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snakeybird
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08/22/2018 01:31PM  
Hi all, any thoughts/feedback on a trip with a 5 and 7 year old starting at Baker Lake in July or August (2019)? I was thinking maybe go north into N Temperance, turn around and come back out via Burnt, Smoke, and exit at Sawbill. This primarily keeps us on small lakes, which I would prefer with 2 little ones. Plus it gives us a chance to dust off seldom used map and compass skills. If feeling particularly adventurous, we could try a day trip to Cherokee from N Temperance; my understanding is the challenge factor of the 2 portages might be a bit much for young kids though. Other thoughts are welcome, of course.
 
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08/23/2018 10:32AM  
It's a great area with little ones. I do a daddy/daughter trip with one of my girls each year.

When my older daughter was 9 we entered at Baker and camped on Jack. It was one of my best trips. Small water, easy portages, great walleye fishing on Jack, and we saw moose every day including seeing 5 while we paddled from the ep to our campsite on Jack.

When my younger daughter was 7 we camped on Smoke entering from Sawbill. That was also a good area.
 
snakeybird
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08/24/2018 12:58PM  
Thanks! I was looking at maps, and thought this looks like a good entry point looked like a good bet for a first time trip, and for kids. I will look up trip reports.
 
Canoearoo
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08/28/2018 06:44PM  
Baker lake is my kids favorite entry point
 
08/28/2018 07:14PM  
Canoearoo: "Baker lake is my kids favorite entry point"

And her kids have done A LOT of trips
 
Canoearoo
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08/30/2018 08:44PM  
ducks: "Canoearoo: "Baker lake is my kids favorite entry point"


And her kids have done A LOT of trips"


Very true, around 19-28 trips depending on the kid. They like it because of the cave.. so cool, and the swimming is really good as well. They are begging to go back.. oh and the walleye fishing was outstanding. They ate walleye for lunch and supper every day.
 
snakeybird
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08/31/2018 09:36PM  
Sounds like a good 1st trip to plan! I appreciate the feedback.
 
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