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Kawishiwi Triangle
by straighthairedcurly

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 05/28/2022
Entry & Exit Point: South Kawishiwi River (EP 32)
Number of Days: 3
Group Size: 3
Trip Introduction:
This trip acted as a break-in trip for us to test out new and used gear before our longer trips planned for the summer and was also a chance to shake off our winter inactivity and get our tripping muscles into action. Joey was prepping for his 45 day Arctic trip, Stew for a 2-week trip with me, and I was prepping for 3 various upcoming trips.
Part 1 of 4
Friday, May 27, 2022

The plan was to drive north today and camp near the put-in. Now that Virginia, MN has a DC fast charger, it is much easier to drive our EV. While the car charged, we hiked along the Mesabi Trail and checked out some overlooks of the mine.

Once we arrived in Ely, I hopped out at Piragis to pick up the rental canoe and get our permit, while the boys plugged in the car at the library's level 2 charger. They walked down to sign their waivers and receive the warnings about the cold, high water conditions. After portaging the canoe back to the car, we strolled to the Boathouse restaurant for a delicious supper.

We drove to the Birch Lake campsite for the night. Joey helped Stew learn how to put up our spare 4-person tent that we weren't taking on trail. Apparently, Joey walked away from the lesson at a critical point that we only discovered the next morning...stay tuned.