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Family loop: Round Lake to Seagull Lake
by Mad_Angler

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/24/2017
Entry Point: Missing Link Lake (EP 51)
Exit Point: Seagull Lake (EP 54)  
Number of Days: 9
Group Size: 9
Trip Introduction:
This was trip number 15 for me. We have done this loop before and decided to do it again. It was much colder and wetter than we planned for. But it was still a great trip. A note about my crew... It was my wife and I along with our girls (ages 16, 18, 21, 23). The girls have been tripping for about 10 years. This year, we brought 3 boys along (fiancee of daughter #1, husband of daughter #2 and boyfriend of daughter #3). We also brought 3 dogs. It was quite a crew...
Day 1 of 9
Saturday, June 24, 2017:

We left Eau Claire at about 7am. The drive up was pretty uneventful. We stopped in Grand Marais for 2 pounds of leeches and a little other gear. We arrived at Seagull Outfitters at 2pm. We changed and transferred our gear to one of their trailers (I have a SR18.5 We rented another 3 seater and a 2 seater).

It was drizzling a little but not too bad. We got dropped off at Round Lake around 3:30 pm.

We had 8 people at first. We would get #9 mid-trip on Wednesday. The first portage was much longer than expected. We were expecting issues with the missing link portage but forgot about this first portage. It was a good wakeup call.

The missing link portage was pretty brutal. It had everything: mud, rocks, climbs, thin paths, and DISTANCE. I think this is the hardest portage in the BW.

We were able to get down to 8+ packs. So we were able to single portage. The boys and I each carried a pack and a canoe. The girls each carried a pack and the loose crap (I hate loose crap but we always seem to have a bunch of it.) The crew did both portages without any complaints.

We got to Tusc about 6:30 and started to look for a campsite. Several were occupied but we found #520 on the south shore empty. It looked great. Nice landing area for canoes. Plenty of space for tarps. Flat spots for 3 tents. We setttled in...

It was raining pretty steady. We set a tarp and made dinner. We had venison steak and mashed potatoes for dinner.

It was a long day but it was worth it..

~Round Lake, Missing Link Lake, Tuscarora Lake