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Kawishiwi Lake to Beaver loop
by EPFD217

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 07/08/2006
Entry Point: Kawishiwi Lake (EP 37)
Exit Point: Kawishiwi Lake (EP 37)  
Number of Days: 7
Group Size: 4
Trip Introduction:
For me, I was following the route of my very first BWCA trip 12 years ago. This was a new destination for everyone else. My wife Becky and I (Andy) and Dan and Cortney and their dog Kida.
Day 1 of 7
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Saturday started much earlier for my wife and I then the other couple in our group. We had to drop our children off for the week before heading over to our friends house and departing for the northwoods. We left the cities at 8am with everything packed in the rear of the Trailblazer. We were 2 couples and 1 small dog, Kida. We reached Ely by noon and drove to Red Rock so that our friends could buy their first canoe, a SR Quetico 17. After lots of testing and research this was the canoe of choice for them and soon to be for us. We loaded the boat and headed back to Ely for lunch, a few small purchases, bait, licenses and our permit.
Then we hopped on Hwy 1 and headed towards our entry point of Kawishiwi Lake. After getting directions from several people on some backroads to take to shorten our drive to Kawishiwi we forged ahead from blacktop to gravel to narrow logging roads. Our goal was to get one of the five free sites at the entry point and still have time to pick up our canoe at Sawbill Outfitters before they closed.
We arrived at the EP by 6pm and snagged the last of the free sites. We unloaded the gear, the new canoe and left the girls to set up camp while we went to pick up the rental. Another hour of driving and we had everything we would need for a week in the BWCA.....or so we thought. After returning with our SR Q17 rental we were informed that we had left behind a few pieces of our food and would have to shuffle some meals around and ration a few things. No big deal. It wasn't worth driving another hour back to the outfitters to buy some food. We went to bed to a beautiful sunset. We were awoken during the night to a very fierce t-storm, but all was well in the morning.