This is the one that put PMAs in the news. The Backpacker magazine article introduced many people (including me) to the whole idea of PMAs.
Looks like EPs 54 & 55 are the best way in by heading up the Gunflint Trail. You could get a tow out to American Point if you wanted to make quick work of the big water and spend more time bushwhacking.
It appears as though there are some old portages that will get you through much of the PMA if you enter from Hanson into Link.
Closest ranger station is Grand Marais.
Here are the usual pictures:
This one has quite a few lakes and the fishing is good according to the Backpacker article.
You are never lost, late, or lagging behind if you are on an adventure.
We daytripped back to Nawakwa Lake a few years back. Much of the area was burned in the Cavity Lake fire. Entering from Hanson, it's pretty easy travel by PMA standards. The portages are short and in good shape. Didn't bring a fishing pole, but the lakes looked pikey - shallow and fertile.
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after" ~ Henry David Thoreau
Old sites marked on Bullfrog, Gift, 2 on Fish, another on Nawakwa. Portages connecting all. Another scouting mission in the area would be to look for the old portage running from the east end of Ogish, west to Holt and supposedly on to Nabek and South Arm.
I was going to do Holt solo, and then bushwhack up into Pitfall and beyond, but not this year. I am going into pitfall with my 6 year old from a Hanson basecamp. Gonna hit it in late July/early August.
Cancel that, just took a new job, going to Sundial solo instead before I start the new gig.
Who I am precedes what I do, not the other way around.