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Labor Day Week Adventure
by Bigbriwi

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 08/31/2018
Entry & Exit Point: Lizz and Swamp Lakes (EP 47)
Number of Days: 10
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
My wife and I have been going to the BWCA for the last 3 years over the week of Labor Day. We like the lack of bugs and less people. Looking at the forecast we knew that the weather this year was going to be nicer than it had been the previous years. We decided to go back and use Rockwood Lodge again because they are great people to work with and we like being able to leave right from the lodge. We are going in on Sunday and coming out Saturday for a total of 6 nights. Our main focus is to just get away from it all and to do some site seeing, but I do like to do some fishing. Loving getting smallmouth on top water and some walleyes for a meal, we never got to have a single meal of fish last year!
Day 1 of 10
Friday, August 31, 2018

We were all packed up the night before which helped us get out of Milwaukee by 1pm in hopes that we would beat the holiday traffic. All things considered we were making good time and decided to stop in Eau Claire for dinner. We stopped at Houligans in downtown because they had decent Yelp reviews. Walking in I was a bit skeptical because it looked like an old supper club but the place was pretty good. Their Friday Fish Fry was bluegill with mashed sweet potatoes and steamed veggies and I have to say it was pretty tasty. We wanted to make it to Duluth for the night so my wife got onto and got us a cheap room at the Park Point Marina Inn. Very nice hotel and our room is overlooking the marina which was cool. We noticed that there was some nasty weather moving in and Wow did we get a couple of decent storms that rolled through! So nice being on vacation and taking our time to get up to the BWCA, have to enjoy these last couple of days of civilization!