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Kawishiwa River Fishing Opener 2017
by Trapper7

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 05/12/2017
Entry & Exit Point: North Kawishiwi River (EP 29)
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
When you have a cabin on Garden Lake that is about a 40 minute paddle from the BWCA, how can you not go on a camping trip for fishing opener?
Day 1 of 4
Friday, May 12, 2017

What an advantage it is living on a lake that is only a 40 minute paddle to get into the Kawishiwa River. I get to lay out all my gear in the cabin the day prior to entry, which allows me to make any last minute changes. Examples; I downsized my tackle box for this 4 day trip. The weather called for no rain so I ditched the rain gear. There was only my buddy Dewey and I going, so there was no need for the 6L water bag. Temperatures looked good so I left out a couple articles of clothing. Once the pack was "fine tuned", I organized everything in the proper packs, and got things tied down into the canoe. I have always used little bungees and rope for tying misc items but have read a lot of reviews from the members about these BDB things. I thought I would give them a try. I was immediately sold on them! If you are reading this and do not have any BDB's, you need to get some. We pushed off at about 9:00 am. We were able to paddle past the first portage that is NW of Clear Lake, but the current near the second portage, more to the east, was too strong and we had to portage. We decided to double portage because we were using my old alumacraft canoe which weighs 84 pounds. We expected about a 5 hour trip to get to our destination at the south point of the Kawishiwa triangle. We made it in 3 hrs 15 minutes to the Hilton. I had camped here previously, many years ago. Once with my dad and brother, and once with 3 high school friends. Both of those trips were in the mid 1990's. The site was just how I remembered it. Personally, I think it is a little overrated. I like that it sits right along the narrows which provides a soothing sound of running water at night, but it does get quite a bit of traffic past it. We got camp set, and paddled around the area scoping out some potential fishing spots for the weekend.

After scouting was done, we came back to cook up our ribeye steaks and mashed potatoes. I felt a sense of guilt for the rest of society as I bit into my medium rare, campfire cooked, ribeye steak, while watching the sun set over the calm waters. Most people will never get to experience this.