Curious if this is still an active portage. It doesn't show up on some maps, while it does on others. Has anyone on here taken this portage in the past couple of years? It looks like it could be an interesting adventure.
The loss of the motorized portages really changed the four mile portage for good as I understand it. Dogsleds head through there every winter and there is definitely some traffic into Ella Hall and the connected lakes. Everything past Ella Hall is touch and go (or can be) with a lot of the old portage flooded by new beaver activity.
"For though the person in the bow and the person in the stern may both be blessed to paddle above stones that shine as alabaster in the depths of turquoise waters.....They experience that same moment with a unique perspective for two sets of eyes and two sets of souls are each set to encounter this world a little differently."
I will follow up on this if anyone ever searches this question in the future.
Our group decided to give this 4 mile portage a try on our way out of the BWCA. The 2 miles from Hoist Bay to Ella Hall had several very rough spots. Some spots the trail is becoming overgrown while other spots are now a swamp. This was during a severe drought. If water levels are even near normal, I would find it hard to image this would be passable unless you are up for some major obstacles on top of an already very long portage.
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