Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

Lynn & John fly into Quetico
by VoyageurNorth

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 09/09/2003
Entry Point: Quetico
Exit Point: Moose Lake (EP 25)  
Number of Days: 8
Group Size: 2
Day 2 of 8
Wednesday, September 10 2003

Day Two -

John was up and bright eyed at 6:00 am, I was up at 6:30 and definitely not as awake as he. He already had hot water for oatmeal & coffee ready. As I went back into the woods for a ‘break’, I spotted a huge spruce grouse, parading around, his tail feathers stretched out as if to say, “Here I am!” I called John over and he got several nice pictures. A little later, far across on the opposite shore, we saw what might have been a small male moose, paddling along the shoreline. Once it got closer we realized that it was a large beaver with a large branch with lots of small branches sticking up out of the water! With these events, we left camp a little later than we meant to, it was almost 8:30 am.

We worked our way through a maze of islands to the narrows that leads an area called “The Falls Chain”. The map said our first portage was 50 rods but it ended up about 70 rods around the first falls. A short paddle and then another 17 rod portage. The next portage is on the right and over a large rock hill. It is only 7 rods, quite easy. There are some nice sites just past the falls which are good for a short break. We saw some people camped at the first site. A couple guys were paddling towards us after just being in Kawnipi. They informed us they had seen a bear swimming across the water just south of Little Falls. These would be the last people we would see for five days!

After a quick bite to eat we began to head west to Wet Lake. There is a short 10 rod (map says 4) portage into Wet Lake. Soon we were at the 24 rod portage into McEwen Lake. The wind was now gusting from the south and as soon as we got into McEwen, it slammed into us making it a tough paddle. Around mid McEwen, John asked, “How are you?” I was feeling good so we decided to push through and take the creek to Glacier. The flow was against us in the creek and there was lots of marsh grass