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Lee W  
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06/27/2011 12:01PM
 
06/27/2011 11:57AM

I ve been kicking around ideas on what to do for a BWCA trip. We are going July 11-July 15. We will be getting towed out of moose lake and are planning on going through Ensign, Vera, then we are debating of going through Knife lake or taking Missionary, skoota, dix, pickle, and then into Kekekabic lake. Is it feasible to get to Kekekabic in a day by that route?
After Kekekabic we are planning on going down through the portages (wisini, ahmkpose etc)into Fraser, Thomas, Ima, and then back into Ensign. Then get towed back once we hit Moose Lake. I would like to camp and fish Fraser for eyes and maybe hit saugs lake.
We will be doing a lot of fishing on this trip so that may slow us up. Any advice on spots to hit for scenery or great campsites would be greatly appreciated. Or general advice would be greatly appreciated.


Lee
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mcsweem  
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06/27/2011 01:42PM
 
If your only going in for only 4 days and planning alot of fishing, I think if you do the route your planning you'll be doing more paddling then fishing if you stick to your plans. As far as fishing goes I've fished most of the lakes your going to. I was at fraser about 3 weeks ago, camp at the northeastern most site before the portage to sagus, it's a good walleye lake so is sagus. You can't go wrong on knife either great fishing, vera is a walleye lake, lakers in kek, and missionary. Shoot me an e-mail and I can give you more info on campsites and such
fenwick4life  
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06/27/2011 02:18PM
 
I was also thinking of just going into Fraser from Ima, Thomas and the other lakes. Then if we felt like it we could even paddle into Kek for a laker day.
How long does the trip into Fraser take? Maybe we will think about just hitting Fraser and surrounding lakes.
I guess we are focused on getting into some nice eyes and having a good time. I ve heard reports that Vera can be really hit and miss. But a few portages away there is a bwca gem that offers a species that is tough to find up there. So that was one reason why I wanted to go up there.
Basspro69  
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06/27/2011 03:10PM
 
quote Lee W: "06/27/2011 11:57AM

I ve been kicking around ideas on what to do for a BWCA trip. We are going July 11-July 15. We will be getting towed out of moose lake and are planning on going through Ensign, Vera, then we are debating of going through Knife lake or taking Missionary, skoota, dix, pickle, and then into Kekekabic lake. Is it feasible to get to Kekekabic in a day by that route?
After Kekekabic we are planning on going down through the portages (wisini, ahmkpose etc)into Fraser, Thomas, Ima, and then back into Ensign. Then get towed back once we hit Moose Lake. I would like to camp and fish Fraser for eyes and maybe hit saugs lake.
We will be doing a lot of fishing on this trip so that may slow us up. Any advice on spots to hit for scenery or great campsites would be greatly appreciated. Or general advice would be greatly appreciated.



Lee "
You would need fourteen days for this schedule, you will get to fish for 5 minutes other than trolling .


" I want to know Gods thoughts , The rest are details " Albert Einstein.
fenwick4life  
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06/27/2011 04:37PM
 
Would you have any info on getting into and staying at Fraser lake? We plan on getting towed out of moose to ensign and then taking the lakes and portages through Ima and Thomas etc.? I saw it took one group 8.5 hrs to go from Ensign to Fraser? I heard the place to camp at Fraser from everyone here is in the far NE corner however it is a popular spot.





Lee
mcsweem  
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06/27/2011 05:02PM
 
That's about exactly how long it took us from ensign to fraser that was double portaging none of the portages are tough. There are just alot of them 10 or 11 I think.
Chilly  
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06/27/2011 05:29PM
 
I just did this rout except came out on Snowbank this spring. I agree with Basspro, you will need much more then 5 days for this loop to be any fun. Paddling on many of these lakes is only doable with low winds. If the wind picks up your stuck and each trip should have at least 1 wind day planned into it.


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fenwick4life  
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06/28/2011 10:44AM
 
So for our July 11-15th trip we have narrowed it down a bit. After some deliberation we will be starting at Moose lake with a tow to Ensign and then making our way to Fraser and the surrounding lakes for a few days. Looks like we will try and bust our the paddling/portaging to Fraser in a day.The goal then is to fish the surrounding lakes and hopefully boat some eyes and catch some scenery. A few lakers would never hurt either. If anybody has a few tips/pointers on Fraser or the surrounding lakes it would be much appreciated.


Lee
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