Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

4 days 38 miles to Thomas Lake and Back
by mortenson99

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/07/2021
Entry Point: Moose Lake (EP 25)
Exit Point: Lake One (EP 30)  
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 7
Day 3 of 4
Wednesday, June 09, 2021........... After discussion and comparing notes with Team Two's travel to Thomas Lake from EP30 it was decided that the 164 rod portage #570 was not worth killing my 16 year old daughter. Team Two compared that portage to walking in Vietnam due to the bugs, distance and having to do it twice from all the bags. Recommend ANY canoe trip to limit one large bag per person, thus negotiating each portage only once. Ok, so since it was decided to just go back in the same direction my team (Team One) went it omitted the grueling Portage #570. Although Team One had 12 portages to Team Two's 8 and we had more rods to travel we still opted to turn around and head back to EP25 at Moose Lake. Also, we enjoyed the fellowship with the four members of Team Two. Soooo, the beginning of Day 3 on Thomas Lake was extremely windy with large waves. It was important to hit the waves straight on versus rocking back and forth. The new plan was to go back to campsite #1205 due to how good it was.
Day three was excellent as we had the chance to cliff dive again and ultimately we traveled another 8 miles.