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Knife Lake
by Jjmonk

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/07/2007
Entry & Exit Point: Moose Lake (EP 25)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 8
Trip Introduction:
This was a trip at least one year in the planning. Of course it seemed to last just hours in my mind. Four adult men, three sons and a nephew. The boys are ages 9, 9, 10 and 14. We had originally planned to go into Ensign and base camp, but hearing from this site where a little more portaging would bring us, we decided that going into Knife would be a better trip with better fishing and less traffic. We started out at LaTourells, and I must say, Bob could not have been a better host and outfitter. Our group was completely outfitted by them and everything from equipment to food to tow boat was great. Our group was pretty inexperienced with the exception of a couple of us adults making three or four trips as young adults. I can honestly say that it will not be nearly as long until we go again.
Day 1 of 5
Thursday, June 07, 2007 We started out driving up to Ely around noon from the Twin Cities. Uneventful, except for wildlife. We saw more wildlife on our drive up than actually in the BW. As we neared Ely, we witnessed a wolf cross Highway 169. Many dead deer, porcupine, and raccoon later, we arrived at LaTourell's. There was some weather coming in so we watched the video and then waited as the resort staff "battened down the hatches". We went into Ely and a great dinner at the Ely Steakhouse, made our last calls home to mom and headed back out to the bunkhouse.