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Lac La Croix - The Big Lake
by 30Smoke

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/14/2023
Entry Point: Little Indian Sioux River (north) (EP 14)
Exit Point: Moose/Portage River (north) (EP 16)  
Number of Days: 10
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
Peter's first year as a retiree, and I an escapee from work for two weeks! Also, we love the boundary waters and Peter likes to catch big fish! We had planned this area in 2019, but our plans did not work out that year and instead I did a solo, and only got to Devil's Cascade. I can go alone, but I can go farther with help!
Day 1 of 10
Wednesday, June 14, 2023 I spent the previous weekend setting up all my gear to ensure it was in working order, then after work on Wednesday I drove to Ely to pick up our permit for Little Indian Sioux North, EP #14. Peter made it to the city park in Ely shortly after 6pm. With lots of room at the park, we did our presort of gear for the trip in order to get an early start in the morning. We left the park and drove to Jeanette Lake campground by 7:15pm. On the Echo Trail, Peter had a puncture in his tire, but fortunately a repair kit – but he did not have an air pump. I pulled one out of my backseat to his surprise! After finding the leak and putting a quick plug in his tire, we finished the last few miles to the campground, campsite #7, and set up for a good night’s sleep.