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PineKnot
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02/20/2021 03:17PM  
Staying in Quetico, photo looking south-southwest....

 
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HowardSprague
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02/20/2021 05:28PM  
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tumblehome
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02/20/2021 05:56PM  
Sark or Carin,

They sort of blend together.
 
Mocha
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02/20/2021 06:39PM  
I like darky river
 
02/20/2021 06:50PM  
Isabella
 
pastorjsackett
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02/20/2021 09:59PM  
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Jackfish
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02/20/2021 10:01PM  
Yum Yum
 
02/21/2021 08:28AM  
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02/21/2021 09:36AM  
Russell
 
Banksiana
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02/21/2021 09:52AM  
Isabella.
 
PineKnot
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02/21/2021 03:19PM  
When I first visited this lake in July 2009, it supposedly had multiple campsites. However I was only able to find one that was decent and never could find even remnants of the others. Here's a photo facing northeast and a photo facing east of the many blowdowns in the pines behind this site....




 
02/21/2021 04:28PM  
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02/21/2021 04:50PM  
Meadows
 
pastorjsackett
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02/21/2021 05:08PM  
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Banksiana
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02/21/2021 06:14PM  
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02/21/2021 06:41PM  
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Mocha
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02/21/2021 07:54PM  
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02/22/2021 08:33AM  
Silence
 
Jackfish
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02/22/2021 08:44AM  
Robinson
 
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02/22/2021 10:12AM  
Glacier
 
HowardSprague
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02/22/2021 11:18AM  
Cutty
 
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02/22/2021 12:50PM  
This man
 
PineKnot
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02/22/2021 01:04PM  
Ok. There's one way to enter this lake that is way easier than the others. Here's photos of a much harder route....eventually I was paddling northward on this narrow creek into a small lake that led to one remaining short portage to reach my destination lake.....





 
Mocha
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02/22/2021 01:39PM  
Mack
 
tumblehome
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02/22/2021 03:01PM  
Nan Lake
 
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02/22/2021 03:02PM  
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02/22/2021 03:16PM  
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PineKnot
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02/22/2021 06:01PM  
A couple of relatively close guesses so far. No more pics, but a couple clues. This lake can be reached from an EP with a minimum of 4 portages. Two of the lakes traveled have Grand Slam potential and another has good largemouth. This particular lake, however, sucks for fishing....
 
02/22/2021 06:25PM  
Beats me :)

I'll guess Pelee.
 
Mocha
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02/22/2021 08:35PM  
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02/22/2021 10:25PM  
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Banksiana
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02/22/2021 10:32PM  
Nest
 
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02/23/2021 07:25AM  
Camel
 
PineKnot
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02/23/2021 01:33PM  
Well, another clue. As noted earlier, there is one "easy" way into the lake compared to the other harder ways. The easy way requires a rather lengthy paddle between two portages....on a calm day, most strong paddler(s) with a fully loaded canoe would need at least 4-5 hours to paddle from the put-in to take-out on this beautiful deep lake.....
 
Mocha
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02/23/2021 04:32PM  
Jasper
 
PineKnot
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02/23/2021 05:04PM  
Let me clarify my last clue....the 4-5 hr paddle is where you put-in on that beautiful deep lake and then take-out on that same lake. This lake is not the final destination -- Lake 55.....
 
Jackfish
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02/23/2021 05:26PM  
Ok... last guess, then I'm crying UNCLE.

Soho
 
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02/23/2021 05:36PM  
never mind. re-read the clues.
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tumblehome
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02/23/2021 06:40PM  
I think you're up on Kawnipi somewhere or Agnes. No other lakes are that lengthy. But you are one off those big lakes.
 
02/23/2021 06:42PM  
I'm going with all lakes beginning with 'P's".

Paulene
 
PineKnot
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02/23/2021 06:47PM  
The beautiful deep lake paddle starts after the 3rd portage and ends at the beginning of the 4th portage into Lake 55....the easiest and fastest route to get there.....

I have one clue left....
 
02/23/2021 07:02PM  
Shade
 
HowardSprague
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02/23/2021 07:13PM  
Fair
 
02/23/2021 07:15PM  
Sark, but I think way too many portages
 
PineKnot
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02/23/2021 07:21PM  
Review of clues so far....and the final clue....

1. Pic facing south-southwest

2. Multiple campsites; only one found, campsite pic facing northeast

3. Multiple entries, one far easier than others; pics of a hard way paddling north

4. Lake can be reached from EP in 4 portages thru 2 lakes with Grand Slam and one with good largemouth....

5. The "easy" way into the lake is via calm 4-5 hour paddle through a beautiful deep lake

6. The deep beautiful lake starts at a put-in on this lake and ends with a take-out on this lake....not Lake 55....


And my (hopefully) last clue is that this "thru" lake is the deepest lake in Quetico...
 
02/23/2021 07:24PM  
Agnes by many people is the deepest, largemouth bass lake could be Meadows. The lake may be Dack
 
Jackfish
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02/23/2021 09:44PM  
Ok, I’m rescinding my UNCLE for one more guess. This is a joint effort with MNGreene.

Murdock
 
02/23/2021 09:54PM  
Jackfish: "Ok, I’m rescinding my UNCLE for one more guess. This is a joint effort with MNGreene.


Murdock"

That was my next guess
 
Mocha
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02/24/2021 06:01AM  
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02/24/2021 07:01AM  
Buckingham
 
PineKnot
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02/24/2021 11:46AM  
The easiest and quickest route to Lake 55 starts at Prairie Portage....
 
02/24/2021 12:00PM  
PineKnot: "The easiest and quickest route to Lake 55 starts at Prairie Portage...."

In your portage count does Prairie portage count as one
 
PineKnot
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02/24/2021 12:11PM  
No. Didn't include it since the PP ranger station to check-in is on the Basswood side....sorry if that confused anyone....
 
02/24/2021 12:38PM  
Well it seems like we go thru Basswood-Sunday-Meadow and than Agnes(deepest lake in Quetico). Three portages used with one left from Agnes to destination lake?

It can only be a couple of choices-Maybe Reid lake?
 
02/24/2021 12:52PM  
Sounds like?

Rhymes with?

Just kidding :) I want someone to get this! It won't be me.
 
PineKnot
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02/24/2021 01:02PM  
Pinetree has it with Reid Lake....Great detective work!!

Here's the backstory.  I made it to Reid Lake the first time in 2009, traveling from Silence through a couple no-names to the west, then north through couple more no-names with rocky portages. Sandwiched between the last two no-names was a really nasty little mudhole entering thru 20+ yards of boot-sucking....er.....mud, short paddle, then the most ridiculous 200+ yards of mossy-slimy-algea-covered small round ankle busting rocks into the final no-name and short portage into Reid.  This was by far the most difficult of the ways into Reid.  In 2017, I entered Reid via Agnes and made my way through a couple portages and little pond to Woodside and then looped through Hurlburt to Payne, William and back to Agnes.  This whole area is remote and I've never encountered anyone, except TomT, who I rendezvoused with for a couple nights on Woodside.  Fishing on Reid is poor, whereas Woodside is loaded with smallies, and trout can be had in Hurlburt and Payne, walleyes etc on William.  I recall TomT caught a monster walleye on Woodside....had to be at least 3 inches long.  Fun times....except for that nasty memorable little mudhole!!
 
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02/24/2021 01:04PM  
Dack Lake
 
02/24/2021 01:20PM  
Thanks, yes going in thru Silence than north thru those are the most rocky ankle breakers I can remember.

I will have to look and see what I have for photos. Took tons of slides, then quit taking photos for awhile. I will get something up tonight.
 
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02/24/2021 01:48PM  
I did find another two sites on Reid, one that was still usable, the other hardly discernible with a small tree in the moss covered fire pit.
From the northernmost "site".


As noted the route from the south is about as rugged as any in the park. Sweet no name lake three portages to the south of Reid.
 
Mocha
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02/24/2021 02:03PM  
Wow, I thought we'd make it to every lake before someone got it right! Seems the lake names are being printed soooo much smaller on my maps. I cant even hold them out far enough to focus. :) And :(
 
PineKnot
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02/24/2021 03:06PM  
I hear you, Mocha. Have the problem in reverse where even my bifocals can't help. The maps on a couple websites are nice cause you can zoom in quite a bit to see lake names and portages for Quetico.
 
02/24/2021 04:21PM  
This is driving me nuts!! I have been doing a book on Snapfish with three of our early canoe trips (trip reports to follow ) and I have a whole section one day about our trip from Agnes to Reid. We were trying to get to Hurlburt, and never could find a portage. I thought of Reid at one time in this contest, but I thought "no one ever goes there." How wrong I was!!
 
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