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18 lakes in a week
by campcook184

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 07/28/2012
Entry Point: Fall Lake (EP 24)
Exit Point: Moose Lake (EP 25)  
Number of Days: 7
Group Size: 6
Trip Introduction:
Six staff members of a local canoe training program headed out to see some historic sties (I.e., Ella Hall's grave marker dated 1885 and the sunken steam engine on Hoist Bay, to see if the Four Mile portage was indeed possible and check out as many smaller lakes we could in our time allotted).
Day 1 of 7
Saturday, July 28, 2012 Put in on Fall Lake #24 from The Canadian Border Outfitter. Traveled a short distance down Mile Island to the start of the Four Mile portage. 3/4 mile up the portage we encountered a stream due to recent beaver activity. To our advantage we paddled through the swampy area to Mud Lake. The Mosquitos were unforgiving on this portage. From Mud Lake to Ella Hall we took the 85 rod portage. Ella offered great campsites and the fishing wasn't bad either. One should be aware of the snapping turtles before placing the catch of the day on a stringer. Plenty of room for three tent sites and a few hammocks. 

First nite super: Salmon hobo burgers, red potatoes, onion, carrots in foil wrap inserted into hot coals.