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Perent Lake
by Brooklynn07

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 08/01/2008
Entry & Exit Point: Hog Creek (EP 36)
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 6
Trip Introduction:
My husband and I have been going to the BWCA at least once a year, for the last five years, and decided to introduce it to our daughter who is 16 months old
Day 1 of 4
Friday, August 01, 2008

When we planned this trip we decided to go to a lake that was easy to get to, so that if we had any problems with our daughter we wouldn't be to far in.

We left home at midnight Thursday night. We wanted to get up to Tofte pretty early with a stop in Duluth for breakfast. Our daughter did great on the trip up, she slept most of the way. Made it to Hog Creek mid-morning after stops for bait and pop. Our group was made up of my husband, my father, my daughter, myself, and two friends of ours that had never been to the BWCA before. Everyone was excited when we started to unload the van. It took a little organizing to get everything together, and while we were doing that my daughter fell on the gravel portage and split her lip and scrapped her chin. What a way to start our trip. A little water and hugs and we were ready to go. We just get our paddles wet and we are at our first and only portage. We got past that just fine as well as the many beaver dams on the river. Everyone was having a good time. I held my daughter as she took her morning nap, good thing she is little. We had lunch at the first campsite on Perent Lake, but decided we wanted a different site to stay. There was a strong west wind so it was a little tricky getting around on the lake, and there were many sites already taken, but we wanted to check out the camp on the north shore on the east side. Got there and it was open. Perfect site. We set up camp had supper and hit the sleeping bags. Its great to be back in the BWCA.