EP 37 Solo Canoe Trip, pictographs and swimming moose.
Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 09/08/2018
Entry & Exit Point: Kawishiwi Lake (EP 37)
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 1
I had just recently purchased my own canoe, a Sawyer Autumn Mist. My schedule worked out where I had a stretch of days off so I decided to take a quick trip to the see the pictographs. I also decided to leave the tent behind and go hammock style. It turned out to be an excellent trip.
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Day 2 of 4
Sunday, September 09, 2018 I was on the water by 10 with the goal of getting to the Fishdance pictographs. I reached the portage on the northwest end of Malberg and finally had my first challenging portage. There was water in the middle of the portage that I had to walk through. Then, at the end the landing was a muddy swamp. Luckily, someone had a made a path farther up the river and I was able to put in without slogging through the mud. Once I turned south, I knew I was in trouble. The wind was whipping from the south. It was a very difficult paddle. I made it to the Fishdance portage and tried my luck fishing the rapids. Right away I caught a small northern. I pressed on a made it to the pictographs after about 3.5 hours. I had estimated a two hour paddle. The pictographs were cool to see and I’m glad I got to see them. On the way back, I stopped to fish at the rapids and caught a small walleye. I took it to a nearby campsite and cooked it up. I pressed on and made it back to camp after a long 8 hour day. While sitting at camp I saw something swimming across the water. It turned out to be a bull moose! He even shook off like a dog when he exited the water. I had a small fire and off to bed I went.