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Canoearoo
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03/22/2013 11:43PM  
There are a handful of caves scattered in the BW. I've been in one myself on the beaver portage. I'll post the links to these on this thread as I find them.
 
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Canoearoo
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03/23/2013 11:48AM  
Whinchell cliff cave; email from a person who saw them: "What I remember are the caves in and around the cliffs across from my favorite campsite"


more info of Whinchell cave

Photo of Winchell cave
 
Canoearoo
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03/23/2013 11:56AM  
Alice Lake Ice Cave
Alice lake ice cave
 
Canoearoo
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03/23/2013 12:07PM  
cave was off the portage from Beaver to Adams ....

that was my old handle over there. My pics didn't show up on that old post anymore. That's to bad,because I have a lot of nice ones inside that cave

Here are my pics of the cave

*guest password to see my pics is camper
 
Canoearoo
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03/23/2013 12:11PM  
 
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Canoearoo
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Canoearoo
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03/23/2013 01:17PM  
I was in chat once and someone told me there is an old Indian story about a cave in Quetico park. Supposedly there is a popular waterfall that is visited often. One year an Indian tribe was threatened by some neighboring tribe and a war broke out. In an effort to escape a group of the women and children ran to this waterfall and hid in the cave that was behind the waterfall. supposedly this cave is still around and when there is a big drought one can find it.
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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03/25/2013 06:49PM  
quote Canoearoo: "There is a hand full of caves scattered in the bw. I've been in one myself on the beaver portage. I'll post the links to these on this thread as I find them"


This type of information is exactly why I created this forum. Thank you for posting!

We're planning on visiting the old mine near Jack lake this summer.
 
Canoearoo
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03/25/2013 07:46PM  
take pics when you do :) I edited my post above and added a link to my pics of the cave (I do not put pics on bwca because of google)

*on a side not the Minnesota caving society does not approve of information to where caves are located. They have contacted me in the past demanding I not post such information. Being this is a simi private forum I think they will leave this post alone.
 
Canoearoo
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03/25/2013 07:55PM  
There is a cave just on the outside of the BW but I can't find the info to it right now. When I do find it I'll post it here. It's nice to have it all in one loaction.



*disclaimer* -of course anyone that visits these caves, please treat them with respect and do not take any formations as they are protected by the federal government.
 
Canoearoo
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03/25/2013 08:46PM  
ok found some info on my old computer in a file I saved years ago. 2 more caves:

"If you like caves – there is one on Norway Lake, just outside of the BW, a person can park and walk to it. The Norway lake I’m referring too is the small lake north of the tomahawk trail, off of August Lake Road. It’s just north of August lake. Drive to the end of the road, it dead ends at the Norway lake portage. You can hike the portage, and at the lake go right, you’ll walk down a trail that follows the shoreline to a forest service campsite, from the campsite go right and clinb the rocks to the top of the ridge, just about at the end of the lake, on the back side of one of the cliffs, there is a cave, it’s somewhat hard to see because some animal ,bear I’m guessing has drug a bunch of branches an such in fron of the opening. There’s a ton of poop in the cave, so I really didn’t climb in. Another which is actually an old mine shaft goeas about 80 or so feet into the hillside is located in the woods off the portage between Kelly and Jack lake in the BW – this one is pretty neat"

And the last one on my list...

"There is a rather large crack in the ground just off the portage from Bald Eagle lake into Turtle I think, that felt a little strange. A few of us jumped down into it and looked up at the others. The cave went back there a ways."
 
Canoearoo
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03/25/2013 09:45PM  
Jordan Lake cave

cave pic

I emailed SS and asked the location of the cave. Here is what they said: "It's been quite a few years, but if my memory serves me right, the cave in question is near the southern most campsite on Jordan. We set up camp there and went exploring on foot around the banks near the landing pad for this campsite. The cave was S.E. from the campsite landing pad. There were some rock structures near the shore and a small hole at the base of the rocks that we crawled through to get the the cave, which was a small area, but quite a nice find"
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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03/25/2013 09:52PM  
Not really a cave per say. But, there are some deep fissures in the rock cliffs on Rose lake near Stairway portage.
 
Canoearoo
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03/26/2013 09:32AM  
That's neat!


Just a note to people- never be on a high up cave in a lighting storm. The lighting will pass though the walls and into the room unless you are deep under ground (which is hard to do in the BW with the water table being so high)
 
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04/23/2013 02:44PM  
Wow - that Norway lake info came from me...some years back. I think I found that cave in 2004 or 2005.
 
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06/28/2013 03:15PM  
Hook lake
 
TallMatt
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07/23/2013 09:14AM  
A few years ago I found a small cave along the southeast shore of Thomas Lake. I didn't have a marker to mark it on my map, but it was very small -- we stuck our heads in with a flashlight and there'd be room to shimmy in and an opening that might fit 2 or 3 people in at the end. Kinda cool.
 
Canoearoo
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07/23/2013 11:08AM  
quote Speckled: "Wow - that Norway lake info came from me...some years back. I think I found that cave in 2004 or 2005."


I hope it was alright with you that I posted it
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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07/26/2013 07:26PM  
quote Canoearoo: "take pics when you do :)"


Just got back from our trip. Alas, since we introduced the father-in-law to the BWCA, our trip was scaled way back. We ended up car camping at Two Island campground and only did day trips from there. We never made it to the old mine or Jack lake.
 
Canoearoo
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03/04/2015 11:22AM  
I'm taking the family to Alice lake to find the caves this summer. I have a report of 2 on that lake. If I find them I'll post it here.
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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03/12/2015 01:06PM  
quote TuscaroraBorealis: "
quote Canoearoo: "take pics when you do :)"



Just got back from our trip. Alas, since we introduced the father-in-law to the BWCA, our trip was scaled way back. We ended up car camping at Two Island campground and only did day trips from there. We never made it to the old mine or Jack lake."


Edit: check out the "Jack Lake mine" thread in this forum.
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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03/12/2015 01:09PM  
quote Canoearoo: "I'm taking the family to Alice lake to find the caves this summer. I have a report of 2 on that lake. If I find them I'll post it here."


Looking forward to hearing/seeing what you find.
 
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Canoearoo
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06/18/2016 12:55AM  
you beat me to it! I was just going to post that link
 
Canoearoo
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06/18/2016 12:55AM  
quote TuscaroraBorealis: "
quote Canoearoo: "I'm taking the family to Alice lake to find the caves this summer. I have a report of 2 on that lake. If I find them I'll post it here."



Looking forward to hearing/seeing what you find."


we never made it to Alice
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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09/15/2022 06:46PM  


Small cave just off of upper Johnson Falls.
 
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