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June 2020 Brant to Kekekabic
by ponddigger

Trip Type: Paddling Kayak
Entry Date: 06/12/2020
Entry Point: Brant Lake (EP 52)
Exit Point: Missing Link Lake (EP 51)  
Number of Days: 8
Group Size: 1
Trip Introduction:
Hey there-This is my 2nd solo trip, and also my 2nd BWCA trip. BWCA-2006, 9 person Fortress Lake, BC-2017 Solo Algonquin Provincial Park, Nipissing River-2019 2 person BWCA 2020- Solo
Day 1 of 8
Friday, June 12, 2020 I love trip planning almost as much as going on the trips. It's a major way of how I deal being inside for much of winter. I kayaked every month but January this last year, and love the portability and versatility of my Aruba 8 Sundolphin. I began lake trout fishing last summer, but had only caught 2 lake trout before this trip (24" and 35"). My goal of this trip was to catch as many lake trout as possible, and to see a good section of the Gunflint Trail Area.

Friday morning, drove up from near Milwaukee, WI and arrived at Round Lake by 2:15. First time driving the North Shore, and I loved the beauty and cool air near Lake Superior. The parking lot was packed out, but found a spot to park eventually. My goal was to camp on Bat Lake. I took my time getting there, found all three sites occupied, and passed on to Gillis. Met a husband and wife who said all the sites were taken, so I continued to Powell Lake. Arrived at Powell at 7:15. I loved the open feel of the burn area, and camped on the south side campsite. Beautiful view of the whole lake, and next to no bugs. Day totals: 7 miles, 10 portages, and no fish.