EP 24 to EP 24
by Sullivan ILman
John & I met the group that drove up Sunday afternoon & night about 6:30 am in Winton at PACKSACK outfitters. We arrived in Ely Saturday night and the rest of the group arrived about 4:00 am Monday morning.
After securing the necessary equipment from Packsack we left the Fall Lake landing about 7:30 am. We crossed the Newton Falls portage, Newton Lake and the Pipestone Falls portage. We stopped for lunch about 10:45 on an island 6 miles from our put in. We continued up Pipestone Bay, crossed into Jackfish Bay, through the narrows and then east to a camp site on a small strip of land. We arrived here about 2:00. This is a great site for several tents. A few took a nap to make up for lost sleep and some went fishing. Later all went fishing. Luke caught a nice Walleye and a Northern. We had a small shower about 3:00 and I put up the large tarp. from 5:30 on we had a light rain. After a dinner of fish all were in bed early.
Tuesday, June 14 2005
It rained most of the night and most of the day Tuesday. We did some shore fishing, but we mostly stayed under the tarp to escape the rain. 60 degrees and rain in the afternoon. Caleb caught a nice Walleye. At this point he was outfishing his Dad. (His Dad later passed him.)
Wednesday, June 15 2005
The rain had stopped and we paddled to the Basswood River and did some fishing. Several caught some nice fish here. We were fishing below the rapids. We stopped in Canada on the return trip to camp so that the boys could "set both feet in CANADA". We pack up camp after a lunch and returned to Pipestone Bay. We portaged into Back Bay. We found a nice site with a sand beach so we could swim. Luke, Caleb and Tyler went fishing in Good Lake after paddling through the creek - no portage necessary in this high water. Derrick caught at least 5 different turtles, saucer size just off our camp site. These he released. The group in Good Lake had a lot of success fishing. At almost dark they decided to take the 65 rod portage back into Back Bay of Basswood instead of repaddling the creek. The portage turned out to be a lot longer than 65 rods and muddy. The group at camp was clearly worried about our companions when they did not return until 9:50 in the twilight.
Thursday, June 16 2005
The fish that Luke and Tyler brought back last night were left on a stringer in the bay and the Turtles ate them during the night - an easy catch for the turtles. We left Back Bay and again portaged into Pipestone Bay. We paddled down the West shore looking for a camp site. All were occupied until we found one available in the bay that leads to Jackfish Bay. This is a nice site with a stone beach for swimming. Here we saw 6 or more snow rabbits. They still had small patches of white fur in their summer coat of brown.
Friday, June 17 2005
Caleb and Derrick slept late while Luke and Tyler went fishing in Pipestone Bay. They later returned to the Bay we were camped in and Luke caught a nice 18" + smallmouth Bass. Mark, John and I fished in the bay were in and then Mark & I paddled throught the "creek" between the bay and Jackfish Bay. Here we had to push over one inactive beaver dam. We had no luck on the east shore of Jackfish and we returned to the small bay we were camped on. After a large shore lunch of fish and fried potatoes we broke camp and headed for the landing on Fall Lake.
We saw several Eagles this week including one immature Eagle, a few chipmunks, small squirrels, Ravens, rabbits, Loons, Merganser Duck with baby ducks and deer.