Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

Trip with Friends BWCA 2022
by Hueyav8r

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 08/22/2022
Entry Point: Moose/Portage River (north) (EP 16)
Exit Point: Little Indian Sioux River (north) (EP 14)  
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 4
Trip Introduction:
This trip came together in late 2021 when I was asked to co-lead a group from the Central Indiana Wilderness Club. We normally plan for eight people but this year I wanted to keep it to six. I was concerned about finding campsites large enough for eight tents, especially after my challenges in the summer of 2021 finding open camp sites. Our group ended up being only four of us. All had some experience in the BWCA. I wanted to try a new area/route then I’ve taken in the past. I worked with the staff at Voyageur North in Ely for some suggestions. They sent me a couple links from Paddle Planner of some route ideas. There were a couple options with going in at Little Indiana Sioux and coming out at Moose River. One was a longer trip on some big water but shorter portages and the other was a shorter trip but longer portages. I chose the shorter trip thinking portages, No Problem ??. That was my first mistake. This was one of my harder trips for four older and in my case out of shape paddlers. The entry point we received was Moose River EP 16. We could do my route in reverse. ? Our drive from central Indiana was uneventful. I’ve driven straight through in the past, not any more. First night we stayed in Eau Claire WI and made it to Ely midday on Sunday. Two of our group have new solo canoes and wanted to utilize them on the trip. I drive a Honda Ridgeline with a large Yakima roof rack that can fit both canoes. My Ridgeline was prefect for this trip. Two canoes on the roof and all the gear in the back. Canoe tripping is the reason why I chose a Ridgeline when I replaced my last car.
Part 1 of 6
Monday morning we started early. There was some concern about the time since it was about a 30 minute drive from Ely to EP 16 Moose. We were there when our outfitter opened at 6:00 AM. On the water about 7:00AM. Moose River was slow going with a couple beaver damns. But we were lucky, the week prior the Ely area had rain most of the week. We could paddle through but slow going. We were able to get to Lake Agnes around 3:00 that day and found a good camp site.
~Nina Moose Lake, Agnes, Lake