Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

1st solo
by Bearpath9

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 08/15/2021
Entry & Exit Point: Lake One (EP 30)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 1
Day 2 of 5
Monday, August 16, 2021 Went into town, looked for bait and was surprised that leeches were scarce. Finally found some at 5 bucks for a dozen. I guess beggars can't be choosers, so I bought 3 dozen, then went across the street to Cliff Wolds, got the canoe and headed for the entry point.

My plan was to launch and head northeast by the lodge and turn southwest into Lake One. That part worked until I ran into a blocked channel. Not being familiar with the area, other than maps, I wasted some time trying to find the way through. I eventually gave up after a couple of hours and headed for the portages.

The portages were fairly crowded, but not real bad. As to the portages themselves, I found all three to be rocky, rooty and thankfully short. Still a bit of a workout for an old man who thought he was in shape. I would guess I got onto Lake One at about 12 or 12:30.

I started looking for a site and headed west from the last portage. All those sites seemed to be taken, so I reversed course and went to the eastern side. No luck there, but I went down to the portage into Lake Two just in case. It is now around 2 or 2:30, hot and the wind is picking up. I was going to go up the eastern shore and into the bay northeast where there were two sites. By this time I was hot and getting tired, drinking as much water as I could filter from the lake while paddling. I noticed that I wasn't sweating, I was getting nowhere against the wind, and had a couple of short dizzy or woozy spells. I knew what that meant, so I pulled up at the first good looking spot and stopped.

Yeah, I know it was against everything, but I bushwhacked for the night and replenished myself with a lot of water,and some food. About the only sign I was there are the footprints I left on the shore and the tent peg holes. I did find some broken glass, which I packed out.