Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

by crazycanoe

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 07/27/2014
Entry & Exit Point: Moose/Portage River (north) (EP 16)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 5
Trip Introduction:
This trip was originally planned in 2012 for the year 2013. Due to several circumstances, the trip was postponed until 2014 (i.e., original crew member with ACL/MCL tear, death of crew member 2 months before planned trip, and then broken 5th metatarsal bone of another crew member one month before planned trip). This report is a long read but hopefully you will find some help for your trips and some humor. In early 2014, we agreed that we were going to go as planned making this a bittersweet trip to honor our friend who passed the year prior. The search went out to find someone who loved him equally as much as we all did, but we were not able to fill that spot. Agreeing that we would just “take turns” soloing a canoe or using a catamaran, we agreed to go with just a crew of 5. We decided to keep the planned route (after reading several trip reports and believing that this route was doable – with experienced and strong paddlers, still thinking we would get a layover day in the process). We did not really take into consideration wind factors and all the elements that could be against us while paddling with just 5 persons and 3 canoes…..
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PUT IN #16 on Nina Moose River (Fisher Map #16). Paddling through Nine Moose Lake, through the river to Lake Agnes to Boulder Bay to Lac La Croix, heading east along the border (Fisher Map #17) through Iron Lake, Sunday Bay (Pictographs), Saturday Bay, Friday Bay, Thursday Bay, Wednesday Bay, Crooked Lake (Pictographs), to Lower Basswood Falls (Fisher Map #10), down the Horse River to Horse Lake to Tin Can Mike Lake, Sandpit Lake (Fisher Map #9) to Mudro Lake for our takeout.

The planned trip was to take 6 days with a layover. Perfectly doable from all trip reports read on this trip and that we were all “experienced” paddlers and knew what we had accomplished in the past as far as these trips and portage requirements. (LOL!!!!) NOTE: Always have a Plan B, Plan C…. etc.