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Adams Lake
by Jonesy

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/12/2011
Entry & Exit Point: Kawishiwi Lake (EP 37)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 4
Trip Introduction:
This would be my 4th BWCAW trip, but first in a group larger than 3. My friends Mitch (2nd trip), Alex and Eric (newbies) joined on in the hopes of a little fishing, camaraderie, and scenery. I had enjoyed tripping with just 3 people as this allowed for quick and light travel. After a few portages I soon realized the addition of a 4th guy and 2nd canoe presented some additional flexibility, while not really adding to portage time. We left Friday afternoon from DFW and headed North to OKC to pick up our friend Eric. We had planned to sleep a few hours at my in-laws in Wichita, but the guys decided they were too excited, so we drove through the night. After eating a late lunch at Betty's Pies, we arrived in Tofte to pick up the permit, canoes, and a few last minute lures. We arrived at the Kawishiwi Lake campground only to find it full, so after a few minutes of deciding what to do we found one of the unofficial sites to spend the night. I felt a little bad doing this, but since we arrived late and would be setting out early on Sunday morning I didn't see this as being a problem. We finished packing and anxiously awaited the morning.
Day 1 of 6
Sunday, June 12, 2011 Kawishiwi, Square Lake, Kawasachong Lake, Townline, Polly, Koma, Malberg

We loaded the canoes and set off into a light foggy morning. I always enjoy these mornings as it seems to add to the excitement and allure of starting the trip. We made good time through Kawishiwi and Square lakes. The two short portages into Kawasachong were uneventful, although a growing beaver dam presented a minor stumbling block, but was easily enough lifted over.

As we came to the portage going into Malberg from Koma we saw a moose with its calf for a minute before it noticed us and darted off into the woods. 

We made short work of the Malberg portage and setup camp on the 2nd site on the east shore. This was a very nice site just south of the Eastern narrows portion. It had 3 good tent pads, a nice fire grate, and decent food pack hanging trees. We enjoyed steaks and mashed potatoes for dinner.