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EP 51 scout out trip
by Widespreadpanic

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/15/2012
Entry Point: Missing Link Lake (EP 51)
Exit Point: Cross Bay Lake (EP 50)  
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
Trip is a chance to scout out a new area and see what the upper gunflint trail is like. Kinda wanted to see some of the fire damage and how much recovery has taken place.
Day 1 of 4
Friday, June 15, 2012

Got a standard daybreak start and paddled across round lake over to Missing link. First portage out of round is not long or particulary short. A few rocks here and there but mostly a slow uphill climb. I am nursing a slight hangover and feel like we are moving at a snails pace but the work has to be done in order to obtain the reward, so we press forward. Missing link is small but kinda pretty, it has brookies but we don't stop to fish and move on to snipe. The first thing I notice from this area is the lack of red and jackpine. Mostly wall to wall black spruce which usually means lots of mosquitoes.

The portage to Snipe is longer but seems easier. Maybe I'm just feeling better or maybe I'm getting in the groove again. Snipe I am told is a very pretty lake but I am not overly impressed with it or it's campsites. The fishing doesn't look very good so we move on toward Cross bay lake.

Snipe to Cross bay is a easy portage of almost downhill. Once at the bottom of the hill the rain from the previous night and the sun from today collide and ignite a firestorm of mosquitoes. We get lit up and move quickly out into the main channel of Cross Bay to seek refuge.

Cross Bay is very marshy and I have heard is a great place to spot moose. I can see how that could be. Our plan is to reach Long Island lake but out in Cross bay we find a particulary good looking fishing spot with a decent camp nearby. So we pull up short and make camp at 10:00am. Set up camp and go see what might be in the spot we saw earlier. 14 walleyes in 45 min. Not to bad for noon fishing. We keep a couple for dinner and rest the hole. Dinner is chops, walleye and knorr rice. A nice fire and off to bed.