Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

1980, Return to the Namakan: Going Back in Time #5
by Spartan2

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/19/1980
Entry & Exit Point: Quetico
Number of Days: 10
Group Size: 2
Part 2 of 12
6/19/80 Day One:

We left Crane Lake at 7:15 on a beautiful morning. Cleared Canadian Customs at 9 AM. The sun was really beating down and it was very warm. Water levels were noticeably low.

The water got very shallow near Loon Falls. Saw a large deer on the Loon River, and several Great Blue Herons. [We didn't take the motorized portage at Loon Falls, but just walked the portage as we normally would any portage.]

Camped about 3:20 on Loon Lake. There is a resident turtle. The rock is glittery and looks like it has ground glass in it. There is a rock with a "stripe" like marble through it. I found some white quartz. This is a great campsite for cooking--there is a rock by the lake so it is easy to get water, and there are good table rocks.

However, it is a lousy tent site. Neil picked out some rocks and smoothed the ground, but it's still lumpy. There are no big trees for hanging a pack. The trees are mainly birch and small stuff. We are somewhat sunburned after eight hours on the lake in a bright sun.

Note; This trip was photographed with a Yashika35 camera that Neil purchased in Viet Nam in 1969. We didn't realize that the prints were going to have all sorts of issues due to a light leak in the body of the camera. Because we didn't see the photos until after we were home and got them developed/printed, many of them had to be discarded due to poor quality. They are also not marked in any way, so in many cases I am guessing about how the ones that we kept might fit into the story.