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Slim Lake
by ArsGratiaArtis

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 08/10/2020
Entry & Exit Point: Slim Lake (EP 6)
Number of Days: 2
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
There are 4 camping spots on Slim Lk. We decided to see if #1 was available because it’s near hiking trails. It was available & seemed like a decent spot so we set up camp there for two nights.
Slim Lk campsite #1 is a good spot. The portage was not too difficult, 100 rods. Although we didn’t catch any fish, it was fun hiking to Ol’ Baldy. When I checked the time on my cell I was surprised that you get cell reception on Ol’ Baldy. The mosquitoes were not too bad but wearing long pants, long sleeve shirt is a must. The biggest surprise for us was that on our second day at around 4:30 the Stable flies came. They were pretty relentless, so we hid in our hammocks with netting. Then the next day as we departed in our canoe, they swarmed us, covering everything. Unfortunately I did not think about trying the Picardin so I’m not sure if that would have helped. Deet does nothing against them. Next time I’ll try Picardin. They followed us in the portage to the parking lot, too. We had to take breaks in the car to get breaks from the onslaught as we put the gear in the car & secured the canoe to the roof. Other than the Stable flies, Slim Lk campsite #1 was good. Lots of shade, peaceful, quiet.