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rayljr1
07/04/2020 09:08AM
 
Not there yet. Heading out August 12th.
I saw a few pictures of that sign, but they were post dated 2017. So I didn't know if maybe it has changed or been removed.
 
lindylair
07/04/2020 09:29AM
 
ray, noticed you say you have a permit 66 for East Bearskin - 66 is not an East Bearskin permit, that is the permit for entering and camping on Crocodile Lake only. E Bearskin permit is #64.


I found the photo of the sign at the entry point and it is quite clear that you cannot "visit or camp on" Crocodile with a 64 permit. This is a fairly recent development so i doubt anything has changed. It doesn't specify day use permit or overnight paddle permit. I will say that on my visits there I am fairly certain there have been folks in for the day fishing who have left by the end of the day.



 
rayljr1
07/04/2020 10:20AM
 
Thank you. I edited my original post with the correct EP#.


The pictures I saw posted for that sign were from 2017. It appeared that it created quite a bit of stir and there were responses all over the place.


I was just curious if there was any new information. Maybe the sign isn't there anymore? Maybe they changed it.


A lot of people were indicating that they were told day trips were OK.


Regardless. Thanks for the feedback.
 
ducks
07/04/2020 01:03PM
 
Good Afternoon,
The sign is still there...... or at least it was on June 1, 2020.


For those that have not seen the sign..... here it is... it is a Forest Service sign at the East Bearskin landing.



People with an EP 64 overnight permit may not visit on a daytrip or camp on Crocodile.
But people that are not camping with a 64 permit...ie.... are staying at the Campground, resort, cabin on East Bearskin etc or just taking a daytrip from the boat landing can use a day permit to go to Crocodile. That is why you will still see some daytrippers coming and going if you are camped on Crocodile.


In order to get to Crocodile from Alder or Canoe or other lakes while camped in the BWCA you must leave the BWCA to get to Crocodile and then you need to leave the BWCA again to get from Crocodile back to Alder etc. which essentially ends your BWCA stay and voids your overnight permit.
 
ducks
07/04/2020 01:20PM
 
rayljr1: "



A lot of people were indicating that they were told day trips were OK.



Regardless. Thanks for the feedback."




If I remember correctly from the previous threads....... those that were told that daytrips to Crocodile with an EP 64 permit were told that before the Forest Service put up the sign.


My daughter and I went to Crocodile with an EP 66 permit at the end of July in 2016 and you could tell the sign had just been put in recently. There had been several back and forth threads on the topic before our trip so that was why I had taken a photo of the sign and posted it.
 
rayljr1
07/04/2020 05:54PM
 
Thank you for the updated info.
That's what I was looking for !
So I know that the sign was still there just a few weeks ago.


BUMMER!


I really wanted to fish in and explore Crocodile on one of our days.
 
lindylair
07/04/2020 06:05AM
 
ducks has a photo of the sign at the entry point with the applicable language...are you out there?
 
rayljr1
07/03/2020 09:46PM
 
Looking for some updated info after reading some post on this from a few years ago.

We have our permit for EP64 (East Bearskin), and hope to find a site on Alder or Canoe.

But we wanted to visit Crocodile for a day. Does anyone know if this is technically allowed or not? I saw some other post with pictures of a sign on East Bearskin that said EP64 cannot visit Crocodile.

Thanks for any update info!
 
Bdubr
07/03/2020 09:55PM
 
You should be able to day trip there without restrictions, but not camp overnight. That's what I've heard posted in the past, so sorry if it's not as concrete as you'd like. Nice little lake for eater waldos....
 
cyclones30
07/03/2020 10:00PM
 
Bdubr: "You should be able to day trip there without restrictions, but not camp overnight. That's what I've heard posted in the past, so sorry if it's not as concrete as you'd like. Nice little lake for eater waldos...."


I've never been but that's how I thought it worked. You can day trip just about anywhere in the park you want. Camping is when the few restrictions come into play. (Seagull ONLY, Saganaga ONLY, EP 22 Restricted, Crocodile, etc) Even PMA's fall into that category. You could day trip to a PMA, but you need the right permit to camp there. Same goes for these restricted entries.
 
lindylair
07/05/2020 05:53AM
 
ray, just a thought. Cut your BWCA trip short by one day and setup camp for your last night at the east Bearskin campground. Take that extra day to daytrip to Crocodile (sounds like that is legit). It is only about a 30 minute paddle from the campground to the portage to crocodile. It's a cool lake with very good walleye fishing but not sure if it would be worth all that hassle. There's always next time:)