Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

by chadwick

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/06/2007
Entry & Exit Point: Moose/Portage River (north) (EP 16)
Number of Days: 7
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
This was my first bwca trip with out a parent. I had a blast.
Day 1 of 7
Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Today we got up bright and early. We spent the night sleeping in the car in The parking lot of The Great Outdoors in order to get bait and be on the road as soon as possible. It got unbelievably cold last night. After buying our 1 1/2 lbs of leeches we were on our way to the entry point. After the drive, on which we saw numerous deer and grouse we made it to the Entry point. The first thing that happened was we bumped into CatfishKeith, for the first of several times on the trip. A very nice guy, He came to fish bass mostly. The route down the river was uneventful, a nice easy paddle. The one thing that stuck out was we noticed that the mayflies were begining to hatch- Bad news for us walleye guys. We saw lots and lots of deer along the river, a pattern we would continue to see for the rest of the trip.

We bumped into our first and only rangers after paddling all the way up the oyster river. The lady checked our permit and told us of the oncoming storm and pointed out the one site that was ocupied- the one we wanted. It was right next to the deepest part of the lake and throwing smelt off the campsite for lakers. We found a site with a sandy beach and camped there. As soon as camp was set up it started to rain. I threw out a line with a smelt on it and got one bite. I made a dinner of rice and beans, Maybe I should say TRIED to make a dinner of rice and beans. It came out burnt and under done. We went to bed early and waited out a big thunderstorm.