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rayljr1
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07/20/2021 10:15AM  
I have checked with Hungry Jack and Bearskin Lodge. Neither provide any tow service.

I am looking for a tow up to the Alder portage. Does anyone know of anyone providing tow service on the lake.

I understand it is not a big lake, and probably just 2 1/2 - 3 hours paddle, however, I am interested in saving the time and energy.

Thanks.
 
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Mocha
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07/20/2021 10:37AM  
Bearskin lodge is the only business on east bearskin lake.

Unless you know a private homeowner on the lake that might be willing to help you, you will probably just have to get an early start and make the most of it. It's a beautiful lake, esp early morning before everyone gets awake.
07/20/2021 11:29AM  
Ray, it should take no more than half that time - it's a little over 3 miles from launch to portage. It's been quite a few years since I was in there, but I don't remember it taking very long.
TuscaroraBorealis
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07/20/2021 11:51AM  
boonie: "Ray, it should take no more than half that time - it's a little over 3 miles from launch to portage. It's been quite a few years since I was in there, but I don't remember it taking very long. "

Agreed.

07/20/2021 12:07PM  
Agreed, it's not like a Moose lake tow or Sag that saves hours and hours. That paddle should be normally with the wind if there is any and take around an hour
MikeinMpls
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07/20/2021 01:03PM  
boonie: "Ray, it should take no more than half that time - it's a little over 3 miles from launch to portage. It's been quite a few years since I was in there, but I don't remember it taking very long. "

I've paddled it solo. No problem. It's not that far, and the prevailing winds should help.

Mike
Northwoodsman
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07/20/2021 01:09PM  
3.1 miles. 1 hour paddle time give or take 10 minutes.
07/20/2021 02:52PM  
Good little warm up paddle before your first portage......which is also easy. Don't worry about a tow. Also, I'm not sure motors are allowed down that south arm all the way to Alder portage, so not sure you can get towed all the way. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong. Very nice paddle.
schweady
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07/20/2021 03:34PM  
cowdoc: "...I'm not sure motors are allowed down that south arm all the way to Alder portage, so not sure you can get towed all the way. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong."
Up to 25 HP allowed in the two east arms. No restriction at all on the rest of the lake.
We are headed in that way in September and a tow never crossed my mind.
 
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