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Lake One to Insula
by drummerguy2

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 05/21/2010
Entry & Exit Point: Lake One (EP 30)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
Stayed overnight at Bearhead Island State Park to hit the outfitters early.
Immediately could tell the water was low. Approximately 8 inches below average (as determined by pine pollen lines on shore boulders). Many islands on your maps will actually be peninsulas now.

Got to the entry point and on the water about 8:30 AM. Easy paddling on partly cloudy day, low to mid-70s, wind calm. We rented a Bell Northwinds canoe. Very light, so we hand-carried the canoe without packs across most of the portages through to Hudson Lake. Final 100 rod portage carried on the shoulder. Extremely easy portages. At this time of year, there are many camp sites available and the portages are not too crowded. Got to Insula and camped at the island site in the west bay. Very nice site and secluded. Northern and smallmouth here. We stayed here two nights.

Headed back to Lake Three campsite. Waited out a thunderstorm that dropped hail and some scary lightening. After the storm left, we took a ride around the large island in Lake Three. Very interesting rock formations near those island campsites. No luck fishing here.

Moved to Lake One campsite, second one closest to the landing. Decided to head to the outfitters to get ice for our cocktails. No ice, but cold beers. Went back to camp. Very nice site. Packed up the next day and back in Ely about 10AM.