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September LIS Loop
by Pete2Paddle

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 09/17/2021
Entry & Exit Point: Little Indian Sioux River (north) (EP 14)
Number of Days: 8
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
Planning for this trip in 2021 was crazy! This EP was closed early in the season due to fires just north of Lac La Coix. Then we moved west to Knife Lake. Then the entire BWCA was closed so I moved it to Voyageurs. Then everything opened again so it was back to our original trip. Our original plan was 4 guys but we were down to 2. After all the adjustments I was just happy to be going back.
Day 1 of 8
Friday, September 17, 2021

Day 0 ‘No Fire Ban’– Arrived in Ely midday and found out that the fire ban had been lifted while we were driving! I thought there was no way they would lift it so of course… I left my Sven Saw and hatchet at home! The cost to rent a saw was more than half the cost of the ‘Pocket Boy’ saw by Silky so I scooped one up. I am really happy with it after its first trip. The only other items we needed to pick up were the canoe and a ‘spot x’ satellite texting device. We grabbed a couple of beers and some dinner at Boathouse Brewpub and headed for our bunkhouse at Fenske Lake Resort.