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Knife Lake 2014 - 3rd Time Around
by DeanL

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/09/2014
Entry & Exit Point: Moose Lake (EP 25)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 6
Trip Introduction:
This June we took our 3rd consecutive trip to the South Arm of Knife Lake. Our group this year included my 2 boys Dalen and Landon, wife Steph, brother Scott and a friend of ours Pat. Pat was a great addition to our group as he has all of his own gear and is a very experienced back country camper. This year was a little special as it was the first trip for our 3 year old Landon. What made it special is that it was 3 years to the week when I was packing for my first trip to Knife when Steph called and said something was wrong with Landon and we had to go to Children's Hospital MPLS. 2 days before we were set to leave I had to cancel the trip because there was still no answer to his condition. It turns out he was abused at daycare and the extent of his injuries were unknown at the time. 3 years later he has made a full recovery and was really excited to see the BWCA his older brother Dalen keeps telling him about. We had a great trip to Knife for the 3rd year in a row. The bugs were minimal, fishing was good, weather was tolerable and time with family and friends was priceless. This year also marked the 10th consecutive year that Steph and I have made at least one trip to the BWCA!
Day 1 of 6
Monday, June 9, 2014

We left for Ely at about 2 pm from Hutchinson and got checked in at Voyageur North Outfitter around 8 pm. Lynn got us set up in the bunkhouse and then we unloaded our gear from the truck so we could do a little packing before heading out in the morning. We still had a little time left and Dalen had been looking forward to supper so we headed down to the Ely Steakhouse for a steak and a cold drink. We made it back to the bunkhouse for a hot shower and some last minute packing and a little sleep before heading out in the morning.