Boundary Waters, Trip Reports, BWCA, Stories

A Wildlife adventure
by thecanoeman

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/22/2007
Entry & Exit Point: Moose/Portage River (north) (EP 16)
Number of Days: 8
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
Day 1 of 8
Friday, June 22, 2007

A Wildlife filled Adventure

10 month’s ago on the way to the BWCA me and thecanoewoman had a car accident that nearly killed her. Hard to believe that today we both make the trek into the bwca. It’s a beautiful day the kind of day you love to travel on, 80 degree’s and sunny. We made our way down from ep 16 to the Moose River. The Moose River is a slow meandering river, black and purple damsel flies line the shoreline, and we see many people making their way out. When we cross Nina moose lake and reach the 1 st portage there are a group of people (4 canoes and 8 people) they were still portaging their gear over so we tried to hurry and get our stuff off to the side of the portage, when I grabbed the canoe I just grab the gunnels and try to move it off the boulders on the shore and get it out of the way, when I slipped and fell in the boulder field, I get back up and act like nothing was wrong when one of the men come and give me a hand, he also helped us bring some gear over the portage. They tell us they were on Iron Lake (our destination) and camp bound pretty much the whole time due to the wind. When we reach the next portage my knee feels a little strange and I’m unusually tired as we reach the end, when we run into 2 kayakers they were in a hurry they tell us they’ve been going constantly because they left Wood lake and some how thought they left their car at Moose lake but actually it was moose river (now that’s a big mistake). We see 2 eagles and 3 deer along this stretch of the river. Making our way over Lake Agnes I realize we need to stop and find a camp to assess my knee we decide on the far north site on the Westside near the Boulder River. Not a very nice site, I rate it a 2 star and that’s only because it’s near the portage. Luckily TCW has a bag full of meds I consume lots of Motrin and try to cool my knee in the lake. It doesn’t appear swollen but it’s sore and stiff, so I figure I sprained it. We hit the tent early, all through the night I hear splashing in the lake.