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gravelroad
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05/17/2022 05:33PM  
The national bird has decided to build a nest at Trails End Campground. This has resulted in the temporary closure of the Seagull Lake Canoe Launch, which will complicate things for people entering the BWCAW at Seagull. Until the order is lifted, your only practical alternative with a Seagull entry permit is to use the Blankenburg Landing.

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cyclones30
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05/17/2022 07:50PM  
Kind of an odd reason to close an access point but.....whatever works I guess.
gravelroad
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05/17/2022 09:40PM  
cyclones30: "Kind of an odd reason to close an access point but.....whatever works I guess. "


Eagles are protected by their own federal statute. The feds take that mandate very seriously.
05/17/2022 09:58PM  
I remember a few years ago a campground loop was closed for a few months on the west side of Trails End so the eagles could nest.

It looks like you could launch a canoe from the portage above the falls to get to Seagull if you didn’t want to go to Blankenburg.

That would be interesting if eagles decided to build a nest by a popular entry point like Mudro or Moose Lake.
gravelroad
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05/18/2022 02:52PM  
Zulu: "It looks like you could launch a canoe from the portage above the falls to get to Seagull if you didn’t want to go to Blankenburg."


If I recall correctly, isn't that section of the campground road fairly narrow and unavailable for parking and unloading? I might be thinking of the spurs that run off it, though.
JustinLinnell1
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05/18/2022 03:48PM  
There are thousands of eagles in MN, seems odd to close an entry point for that. I camped at Trail's End a few years back right under an active eagle's nest. The chicks were making a high-pitched call for food constantly. The mother was bringing them cleaned fish carcasses almost non-stop all day.
05/18/2022 04:02PM  

If I recall correctly, isn't that section of the campground road fairly narrow and unavailable for parking and unloading? I might be thinking of the spurs that run off it, though."


I think it would work OK if you didn’t linger. People park there to fish below the falls sometimes.
cyclones30
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05/18/2022 05:10PM  
Yeah I get they're protected. But they make nests in people's yards....do those people not get to park in their driveway or go outside ever?

There's a nest on a tree that overhangs a lake we fish in MN. People idle past and take pictures and watch for little ones all the time. There aren't buoys in the lake saying stay 500 feet away or anything. We have hundreds of eagles here along the Miss River in winter. They don't close the river or parks along the river.
 
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