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Malberg Basecamp
by 30Smoke

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/06/2017
Entry & Exit Point: Kawishiwi Lake (EP 37)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
This is the fourth trip I have taken with my Cousin Peter. Hopefully we will have many more of these annual trips. For the second month in a row, I left work at 8pm on a Monday to drive north for a trip and headed for Duluth, getting to the rest area on the hill just after 11pm. I set the phone to wake me at 2 am and I was headed up the North shore on my way to EP36 at Kawishiwi Lake.
Day 1 of 6
Tuesday, June 06, 2017 I met up with Peter just after 6am. He came up the night before and stayed at the campground. We made scrambled eggs and bacon for a hearty breakfast and then got our bags loaded and started paddling. This was my first trip from this entry point and it was a beautiful paddle. We went through Kawishiwi to Square and then followed the river to Kawashachong before hitting the longest portage at 187 rods to Townline. After a short paddle across this little puddle, we had 88 rods into Polly. After a long paddle across Polly, we did the three portages through the ponds to Koma, which were 17, 54, & 114 rods. Along this trail we saw many moose tracks, but no moose. Koma was littered with boulders just under the waterline, so after a tense paddle we made it to our last portage, a very beautiful route leading to the Malberg Boulder. Considering I had only slept a few hours the night before, I was getting tired, but we decided to head for the Northwest arm and campsite 1042, which Peter had stayed at several times previously. It was a hard paddle, but we put ashore about 5pm and the campsite was as advertised. What a beautiful sight. This would be home for the next 5 days as we would explore in every direction from basecamp. After eating supper, we hopped in the canoe and fished around the point until dark. There is a reason they do not call it catching! I was ready to lay down on my Big Agnes when we got back and I slept well into the next morning.
~Kawishiwi Lake, Square Lake, Kawasachong Lake, Townline Lake, Polly, Lake, Koma Lake, Malberg Lake

Lakes Traveled:   Kawishiwi Lake, Square Lake, Kawasachong Lake, Townline Lake, Polly, Lake, Koma Lake, Malberg Lake,