Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

2019 Troop 743 BWCA Trip
by brdhntr

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 07/21/2019
Entry Point: Lake One (EP 30)
Exit Point: Farm Lake (EP 31)  
Number of Days: 7
Group Size: 7
Trip Introduction:
In 2018 our troop was looking for ideas for our 2019 High Adventure Trip. One of the adults brought up Boundary Waters and it was chosen by the boys. We signed up 19 boys and adults that were split into 3 groups. Our group of 7 decided we would focus on fishing. The original plan was to enter from point 30, move into the Kawishiwi and work our way back to the outfitter in Ely. That changed after talking to the outfitter and the other two adults wanting to see more of the area.
Day 1 of 7
Sunday, July 21, 2019 After a quick breakfast the outfitter drove us from Ely to entry point 30. Our goal was to paddle through Lake One into Lake Two and portage into Rifle Lake.

We started by missing the channel that takes you past Kawishiwi Lodge and into a bay. It wasn't much of a detour and we quickly got our bearings and made it through Lake one pretty easily. I was a bit turned off by the number of people. Every campsite we past had someone on it. 

Going from Lake One to Lake Two required a short portage, an almost as short paddle, then another short portage. Having full gear and food for a week, the boys decided they were done portaging for the day. We settled on going into Lake Three and finding one of the campsites recommended by our outfitter. Unfortunately, Lake Two and Lake Three were no less crowded and all the sites were taken. We paddled to the south end of Lake Three, then back up between the east shore and a big island. We finally found camp at site 1493. 

We were in the area of the the fire, and the other two adults weren't thrilled with it. Being a grouse hunter, and knowing how fire is a necessary evil didn't mind it at all. In fact that night we had a ruffed grouse drumming so close to our tent that I could hear his feathers rustle on the log he was using. 

We had a quick lunch refilled water, and setup camp. The area looked promising for shore fishing, but that proved to not be the case. Of the 7 of us, only myself and my son had any fishing experience. Keeping the 3 boys set up and teaching them how to do things took up most of the afternoon. 

This night we learned a few things, including have your bear tree setup and ready to go along with camp. We were in the process of setting it up as the sun went down and the mosquitoes descended. I've never seen mosquitoes like that.