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Basecamp in Malberg area
by cyclones30

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/02/2018
Entry & Exit Point: Kawishiwi Lake (EP 37)
Number of Days: 8
Group Size: 2
Day 2 of 8
Sunday, June 03, 2018

Daylight couldn’t come fast enough as neither of us slept real well in the reclined seats of my truck. Needless to say, we were the first ones to push off from 37 that day since we used headlamps to get started and were awake since about 4am. We were on the water around 5:30am in a gentle mist/haze and no wind. (forecast was for 20mph winds from NW later) Our goal was Malberg as we’d read that this could be done in a solid day, and we like to push hard on the first day while single portaging especially given the forecast. The paddle to Polly was uneventful, both our first times through a burn area. We were paddling on Polly by 10am, hadn’t seen anyone the whole paddle until Polly, and made it to our campsite (near Louse R. mouth) around 11:30am after seeing the narrows site was taken. Mission accomplished and then some, lunch on Malberg.