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Uisce
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03/25/2019 08:09PM
New Trip Report posted by Uisce

Trip Name: Adrift on the Pine - Granite River 2018.

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03/26/2019 08:16AM
Nice report, thanks.

Brings back good memories, my then 9 year old son and I took that same route on our first-ever trip in 2015. I also think we ended up in the same, very shallow "mini-rapids" that you mention, that emptied into a small 3 or 4 acre pool. After figuring we were lost, we were able to paddle back up the rapids, (I did say they were small) and re-orient ourselves.

I hope to do that route again, in a few more years, after seeing more of what the rest of the BWCA has to offer.
straighthairedcurly
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03/26/2019 09:24AM
Thanks for an enjoyable trip report. I haven't traveled that stretch in a long time. Fun to see pictures and hear about your experience.
CanoeStan
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03/27/2019 11:33AM
Thanks for posting the great report. I took this trip with my then teenage son in 2012, and was also fortunate to camp at site #1949 at Devil's Elbow. Your report brought back some great memories. The portage from the Pine River to Clove Lake can be difficult to recognize from the Pine River side. It is where the map indicates (I used Voyageur Map #6), but looks like a bare rock face from the water.
Uisce
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03/27/2019 07:49PM
johndku: "Nice report, thanks.


Brings back good memories, my then 9 year old son and I took that same route on our first-ever trip in 2015. I also think we ended up in the same, very shallow "mini-rapids" that you mention, that emptied into a small 3 or 4 acre pool. After figuring we were lost, we were able to paddle back up the rapids, (I did say they were small) and re-orient ourselves.


I hope to do that route again, in a few more years, after seeing more of what the rest of the BWCA has to offer. "


Thanks, johndku! The water was far too low while we were there to paddle those rapids. Despite the initial confusion, it was a fantastic route. Hope to take it again in the future as well - this year we're sticking to lakes.
Uisce
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03/27/2019 07:51PM
straighthairedcurly: "Thanks for an enjoyable trip report. I haven't traveled that stretch in a long time. Fun to see pictures and hear about your experience."

Happy to share!
Uisce
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03/27/2019 07:52PM
CanoeStan: "Thanks for posting the great report. I took this trip with my then teenage son in 2012, and was also fortunate to camp at site #1949 at Devil's Elbow. Your report brought back some great memories. The portage from the Pine River to Clove Lake can be difficult to recognize from the Pine River side. It is where the map indicates (I used Voyageur Map #6), but looks like a bare rock face from the water."

That's great to hear - safe to say that site is the best I've stayed at yet. We all had McKenzie maps. This year we're going to diversify and carry a few different versions just in case!
Driftless
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04/01/2019 02:33PM
My daughter and I did that route last summer too - loved it! Great report!
Littleheavycanoe
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04/15/2019 10:18PM
What a neat trip! I’m impressed how eager to swim you all seam to be, we always find it quite cold. On a warm day it does feel nice.
anthonyp007
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04/16/2019 07:30AM
Nice report! Thanks for sharing. Sweet bug net you rigged up! I haven’t been to that area, but it sounds great. Love Pass the Pigs, perfect game for BW trips!

Tony
04/21/2019 05:01PM
Your trip report brought back memories of August 1976 when I did the same route. I remember using a USFS typed route guide listing all portage locations which we found to be very accurate.
Uisce
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04/22/2019 01:34PM
anthonyp007: "Nice report! Thanks for sharing. Sweet bug net you rigged up! I haven’t been to that area, but it sounds great. Love Pass the Pigs, perfect game for BW trips!


Tony"


Thanks Tony! I would highly recommend the route.

If you're curious, this is the mosquito net we purchased: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00ZZZVYXW/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&condition=all

Well worth it for those buggy evenings (all of them), and packs light and tight in a compression bag!
Uisce
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04/22/2019 01:39PM
Littleheavycanoe: "What a neat trip! I’m impressed how eager to swim you all seam to be, we always find it quite cold. On a warm day it does feel nice."

I grew up swimming in the Irish Sea (year round) so I'm a fan of cold water dips! Sometimes I'm the only swimmer for this reason, but we really lucked out with the sunny 70s weather we were granted on this particular trip.
 
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