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oldgentleman
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09/28/2010 08:56PM   (Thread Older Than 3 Years)
New Trip Report posted by oldgentleman

Trip Name: Big Island Lake Wilderness, at last!.

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09/29/2010 06:59AM  
Nice!

I googled BILW...outside my range but looks wonderful!
lars54
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09/29/2010 09:05PM  
nice report and thanks for the pictures
09/29/2010 10:10PM  
Thanks! It sounds a lot like Sylvania Wilderness, also in the UP.
oldgentleman
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09/30/2010 12:16PM  
quote Bannock: "Thanks! It sounds a lot like Sylvania Wilderness, also in the UP."

I've been to Sylvania once. BILW gets a lot fewer visitors.
BWPaddler
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09/30/2010 04:35PM  
Awesome! Nice to know. So unlike Sylvania, there's no reservation system? First come first served like BWCA?

Thanks for the report!
Nigal
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09/30/2010 07:53PM  
Since reading this trip report I have done some research and have decided a trip north is in order soon after ice out. Mapquest says it is 9.5 hours drive which will be worth the drive.

Thanks for the report!
kanoes
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10/01/2010 12:33PM  
looks and sounds wonderful! thanks for the report jason!
10/01/2010 04:26PM  
Good report Oldgent. Looks like I'll have to put the BILW on my bucket list of places to visit. I liked the photo of the leaves in the water.
jcavenagh
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10/01/2010 08:00PM  
Great report. This is a place that I can get to from the Chicago area for a long weekend. I'm about to take the plunge and make this canoeing my main activity. It's taken years to get here...Why? I don't know.
Anyway, thanks for filling me in on this little jewel.
bapabear
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10/01/2010 09:37PM  
Thanks for your report. How are you liking Gander Mt?
oldgentleman
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10/02/2010 04:35PM  
quote bapabear: "Thanks for your report. How are you liking Gander Mt?"

Dunno yet.
Monday, October 4 is my first day.
I think it'll be fun.
oldgentleman
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10/02/2010 05:32PM  
quote BWPaddler: "Awesome! Nice to know. So unlike Sylvania, there's no reservation system? First come first served like BWCA?


Thanks for the report!"


Yes, and unlike the BWCA there's no permit required. Just self register at the parking lot and head on in.

I'm sure if usage increases there will eventually be a permit system. The 4 guys from Illinois that were going in as I was coming out had been there in August, and there were people there then, but still not that many.

Also, most lakes have only 1 camp site. Big Island Lake and Townline Lake have 2.
oldgentleman
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10/02/2010 06:00PM  
quote kanoes: "looks and sounds wonderful! thanks for the report jason!"

Jan, How do ya like that tent? Spiffy, eh?
 
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