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dustytrail
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08/07/2020 11:29AM
What a year. I've had to cancel/postpone trips four times this year. So as a last minute thing the only permit is Sag, South and LIS. So I grabbed LIS. Never been thru this ep. Have been looking through trip reports but would like any sugestions for a loop. I will be out six nights but like to have one night where I don't move. I use this for a bad weather day or near the end if I don't need it.

Thanks for any information.
 
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cyclones30
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08/07/2020 12:47PM
Lots and lots of info out there for EP 14. Someone was just asking how far they could get on the first day. Tons of nice little lakes between there and Moose R. North entry that are south of LLC.

Might encounter a boat or two on Loon if you go that way. Devil's Cascade is a cool spot on the portage between Pauness and Loon.

There's more info on the unmarked portage between Slim and Fat. Fishing on Lynx and Shell. Chairs on Gebe if you make it that far NE. 6 nights is plenty to make it about anywhere in that area south of LLC. You're sure it's LIS north and not LIS south?
08/07/2020 01:51PM
I just went thru here 10 days ago to LLC > North > South > Beartrack > Pocket Creek > LLC > Boulder River > Agnes > Moose River N. We had a week and covered 60 miles.

LIS was fabulous! Wish we were on it more than just a morning. You have 2-3 loop options, plus if you go to Lac La Croix you have even more possibilities.
Atrain
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08/13/2020 07:11AM
Another great route is to go through Upper + Lower Pauness > Shell > Lynx > Ruby > Hustler > Oyster > Agnes > Boulder/Tiger Bay > Nina Moose > Out EP16

I would recommend one night on shell/lynx, 2 nights on Hustler (solitude), 2 nights on boulder / tiger bay, one night Nina Moose on the way out.

Obviously the larger loop through fat, slim, finger, gebe is great as well if you want to cover a little more mileage. I have done both and loved them each for different reasons. You really cannot go wrong with this area it is my favorite.
dustytrail
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08/13/2020 08:17AM
Thanks for the information.
Karl
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08/13/2020 09:53AM
Just exited EP 14 yesterday after 5 days. Didn't loop but agree with above recommendations. Just an FYI I didn't have any solitude on the trip, we ended up base camping for a couple of days at a time since most sites were taken and didn't want to miss out on the nicer sites or the classic campsite race late in the day.

Obviously still a beautiful area, scenic lakes, well maintained portages so can't complain about that! But feeling the impact of what seems like a lot of new visitors with folks being loud and sounds echoing across the water, some garbage left at sites, & live trees cut down.
Atrain
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08/13/2020 10:33AM
That is a drag! What lakes did you go through? Ive had decent luck with Hustler because of the mile portage on each side of it. Last year Fat to Oyster was very slim with people on a Labor Day Trip. Curious to see these posts about 2020 trips.

Im getting kind of nervous about my trip this weekend. Headed to Lake One and looping through to Snowbank on a weeklong trip. Hoping its not too crazy and might have to get creative in the middle of it to find solitude...
CoachBigD
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08/13/2020 11:12AM
Karl: "Obviously still a beautiful area, scenic lakes, well maintained portages so can't complain about that! But feeling the impact of what seems like a lot of new visitors with folks being loud and sounds echoing across the water, some garbage left at sites, & live trees cut down. "

We had the nice 5 star on the SE corner of shell. There were folks just north of us on the peninsula to the little shell portage. First night they were really living it up including howling at the moon.

Some cut trees at our site.

Day tripped to lynx to fish and saw a place where folks cut down several pines and built a shelter like you would see on a survival show. Never seen anything like that.
Karl
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08/13/2020 11:29AM
Saw that shelter too! Couldn’t believe it, basically a small log cabin up on shore.

Nice to meet you on the portage, Coach. We stayed at Lynx day 1-3, then Shell day 4 at the SW site near the portage to Pauness. The howling didn’t seem to stop at that point either. Hope this new norm of loud visitors & destroying trees doesn’t continue, be a real shame to say the least
CoachBigD
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08/13/2020 01:12PM
Karl: "Saw that shelter too! Couldn’t believe it, basically a small log cabin up on shore. "

During the lightning Sunday, we actually took shelter in it to wait for break in the weather to head back to camp.

I called the Forest Service and they were already aware and expressed thanks for calling it in
CStoke
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08/22/2020 12:17PM
I've done a number of loops in this area. One option is to come out EP16 by either dropping a car or riding a bike (Its about a 45-60 min bike ride between EP14 and EP16). Shell, Lynx, Oyster, Agnes etc are all beautiful lakes. Only lake I'd say to avoid is Ramshead.

Another option would be to do the Oyster, Gebe, Beartrack, Loon loop. You'll get farther away from crowds, and there are some cool things to see (pictograph on Rocky, Devils Cascade portage). Upper and Lower Pauness don't have the best sites or fishing.
CoachBigD
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08/22/2020 02:13PM
CStoke: "... lake I'd say to avoid is Ramshead. "

Curious as to why. I have wondered about going there based off the last fishery survey (29 years ago) showing lots of pike.
analyzer
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08/22/2020 05:35PM
For those going to LIS N, I love this video. Thanks to the producers.

LIS North loop Youtube Video
CStoke
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08/23/2020 11:31AM
CoachBigD: "CStoke: "... lake I'd say to avoid is Ramshead. "


Curious as to why. I have wondered about going there based off the last fishery survey (29 years ago) showing lots of pike."


I've got into it on two different trips. Its a shallow lake. I have only fished from shore so I won't speak to the fishing aspects, but in terms of views and swimming I'd stick to Nina Moose or Agnes. BUT anywhere in the BWCA is a blessed place to be. Perhaps the plus to Ramshead is that it's off the main highway from Nina Moose to Agnes.
 
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