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Kettle Falls
by whyzata

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/05/2021
Entry & Exit Point: Little Vermilion Lake (Crane Lake) (EP 12)
Number of Days: 7
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
Crane Lake to Kettle falls and back down to Crooked Lake.
Nothing like a seven day trip on big water with 5 of the days enjoying flat water. Wow. We were the only canoe out. Trip was about 70 miles in distance as we did about 10 miles a day. Reservations were required in the National Park. The small mouth bass fishing was excellent Crane Lake to Sand Point to Namakan to Rainy and back down to Crooked for a night before exiting on Crane lake. Having lunch and a beer at the hotel and camping near Kettle Falls was a treat. Saw bear, deer and moose pretty much every day. Drank about a gallon of lake water a day as the weather was hot. Just a great, great run. Stormed on Namakan the evening of the 9th. Had strong SouthEast winds on the 6th but Namakan has many, many islands to chart a course around. Would love to do this trip again, but weather and winds need to be on our side.