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Baker Lake #39
by pdidy

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/10/2010
Entry & Exit Point: Baker Lake (EP 39)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 14
Trip Introduction:
Its was time for our yearly mens trip to the BWCA. This year brought our biggest group and one newbie. Rain was prelavent but we still managed to laught alot. This year we drove two vehicles since we had 14 guys with. There was one group of 8 and my group of 6. I had to put ball joints on the passenger front of my truck and new rubber on the back. $$$$$$$$$$$
Day 1 of 5
Thursday, June 10, 2010 We all met at my house at 7:00 for loading and final preparations. 3:00am would come early. We made it on the road by three I was happy. Got to Duluth and refueled our vehicles and out stomachs. Truck pulling a canoe trail with 5 canoes plus all gear got a great 11mpg. Off to Tofte ranger station get permit and drive to Baker Lake. It was a great morning. Sun was shinning saw some deer on the drive. We unload and pack up gear and head out. The paddle was great lots of rocks in the narrows. Water level is down alot. Our group was first out the starting blocks. Got to South Temperance found the North Western site open. The other group took the Eastern site by the Brule lake. The other two sites were full. Nice site good place to two tents we squeezed in three. Steaks over the fire we at good. That last portage of 240 rods was tough. One of the new guys asked were we set up the tents at the end of the portage. I told him we have to paddle and find a campsite. He sighted and went on his way. This year was the hardest for portaging compared to the other 2 years. We cut enough wood for 4 days since they were talking rain. Plenty of fire wood at this site. Sure enough it started to rain that night.