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cowboymac12
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03/16/2021 07:59PM  
Looking for the best 2-3 night trip for experienced camper, ready to take the next step. She's 11 with attention deficit issues, but has camped in bordering areas and done a week in Voyageurs at a remote site with a boat. I was thinking either a doable out and back or a nice easy loop. Thanks!
 
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dschult2
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03/16/2021 10:53PM  
I think Sawbill up to Cherokee would be a good option.
Speckled
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03/17/2021 08:38AM  
I would try to stick to medium sized lakes. Too small and it limits the amount of exploration. To big and you're dealing with wind and waves that can be disheartening for first timers. Sawbill up to Cherokee would fit the bill, if permits are available. Lots of similiar options out there as well. Check permit availability and maps and you'll be successful. If she's interested, have her help plan. It would be fun to see it on the map, then in her imagination and then for real when you get there.
CoffeeInTheWoods
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03/17/2021 09:51AM  
cowboymac12: "Looking for the best 2-3 night trip for experienced camper, ready to take the next step. She's 11 with attention deficit issues, but has camped in bordering areas and done a week in Voyageurs at a remote site with a boat. I was thinking either a doable out and back or a nice easy loop. Thanks!"

I have two teenagers with significant ADHD. Trips to the Boundary Waters are magical for them. We've done simple basecamping trips and extended week-long loops. Something about simplifying things down, eliminating electronic distraction, marveling in natural beauty, and having a few simple tasks makes these trips a really wonderful experience for my kids.

Tons of options for you, but if this is your first trip with her, I'd consider basecamping with a day trip to see some falls. We went in at Wood Lake last year. After the first portage, there are some nice campsites. The fishing was good and there's lots of paddling that can be done.

Anywhere like that would serve your purposes well. Enjoy the trip!
straighthairedcurly
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03/17/2021 08:32PM  
So many great options.

1) EP60 Duncan Lake: put in at the public landing off Hungry Jack Road. Camp on Duncan (just 60 rod portage away) or travel to Rose Lake (additional portage down 90+ stairs). Daytrips include: Rose Falls (halfway across the stairway portage), hike east or west along the Border Route Trail to see beautiful overlooks and great views of Canada. On the day you leave, stop and hike to Caribou Rock (sign along the Hungry Jack Road) to eat lunch.

2) EP47 Lizz/Swamp: head to Horseshoe Lake (get an early start) to basecamp. Horseshoe is a cool lake to explore, great wildlife sitings, beautiful water lilies. Plenty of daytrips available to different lakes in the area. Portages are all easy.
Michwall2
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03/18/2021 08:44AM  
I like the ideas so far. Here are a few more:

Entry 14 - Little Indian Sioux North - Head to Shell or Little Shell. Nice waterfalls in the area, especially Devils Cascade. Sioux-Hustler Trail can be accessed at several points in the area to provide for more hiking type exploration.

Entry 54 - Seagull Lake - You are headed to Ogishkemuncie Lake for a base camp. Day trips to: 1. Mueller Falls - Head southeast out of Ogish to Mueller Lake and start the portage to Agamok. About half way through you will intersect the Kekakabic Trail. Turn left (east) and about a 1/4 mile you will encounter a bridge over the river at Mueller Falls. More exploration along the Kek Trail is also available. 2. Eddy Falls - Head northwest through Annie and Jenny to Eddy Lake. The portage from Eddy to South Arm of Knife follows Eddy Falls down the hill. There are paths from the portage to the falls all along the way.

Entry 36 - Hog Creek - After an easy, no-portage river paddle (maybe a couple of beaver dam pullovers), you arrive a Perent Lake. Some people report issues with wind and waves here. Some nice campsites and a nice lake to explore. You can also explore the Perent River to the west.

Entry 39 - Baker Lake - Destination is Jack Lake - Easy, flat portages lead you along the Temperance River watershed. The lakes are mostly long and narrow with nice hills on either side to protect you from the wind. Find the abandoned gold mine to west of the north end of the Jack/Kelly portage. Some people report seeing moose here. The peninsula site on Jack is the better of the two sites on Jack Lake. Day trip to North/South Temperance Lake. Explore the east end of the Vern River.



03/21/2021 01:18PM  
All suggestions so far are great. I really like the EP 54 recommendation. 2 excellent falls, Kekakabic trail. Ogish is a great lake with some great campsites. It can get windy though. With that in mind I would recommend a campsite in the northeastern part of the lake. 792 is a good one. Good swimming, good tent pads both wooded and open, good trees for hammocks, nice kitchen area. etc
cowboymac12
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03/22/2021 08:41PM  
Thanks! We've done the loop through Alton and day trips on Sawbill and she loved it. I've thought of the Cherokee trip for years, so it's nice to see it recommended.
cowboymac12
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03/22/2021 08:44PM  
Love the idea to get her into the planning stage. Thanks for the tip!
 
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