Family loop: Round Lake to Seagull Lake
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