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CedarPaddle  
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03/05/2012 09:20PM
 
I'm planning a trip for a group of ladies again and just wondered if there are any waterfalls in the BWCA, or other things of interest that I might be able to plan in our route.
Entry point has not been chosen yet, so nothing is set in stone. But probably drive up to Ely.

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fitgers1  
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03/05/2012 09:56PM
 
Yes there are. Stand by, I'm sure you'll get lots of info on this one. I have seen a couple but can't think of the lake names they were at.
Welcome to the board.

Thannks to Tuscarora below - Cattyman was the last falls I was at a couple years ago. The other one was a long time ago and don't recall which it was.


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Jackfish  
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03/05/2012 10:01PM
 
Welcome to the board, CedarPaddle. :)

The answers will come flocking in shortly, but one waterfall that is absolutely worth the price of admission to see is Curtain Falls on the border with Quetico. It's located at the far western end of Crooked Lake.



It's only a spot on the map... until you go there.
Unas10  
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03/06/2012 04:15AM
 
How much water has to fall how far before the falling water is considered a waterfall?


Devil's Cascade on the Little Indian Sioux, EP 14.
TuscaroraBorealis  
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03/06/2012 06:43AM
 
Mueller falls


Cattyman falls


Eddy falls








Elm portage


Alpine ~ Jasper portage


Mora ~ Lil' Sag portage







Lower Basswood falls


Rattle lake


Sioux falls











Stairway portage


Mug falls


Winchell lake















Johnson Falls


Johson Falls, upper tier


Vernon lake


Plus, I left out some of the main ones. Curtain Falls, Devils Cascade, Basswood falls.....
canoe212  
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03/06/2012 06:53AM
 
Johnson Falls on the far east end. Near Pine Lake.

Upper Basswood, Wheelbarrow, and Lower Basswood. All 3 are where the Basswood River flows from Basswood Lake into Crooked.


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Corsair  
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03/06/2012 08:15AM
 
Rebecca falls


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Jackfish  
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03/06/2012 09:15AM
 
Nice job, TB. Well done.


It's only a spot on the map... until you go there.
jwartman59  
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03/06/2012 10:06AM
 
curtain falls are a special treat, they remind you of being on a big northern canadian river. i rarely encounter other groups here. the fishing in the rapids is first class.

Curtain Falls

Curtain Falls

Curtain Falls







Curtain Falls

I can't remember which falls these are, on the Basswood many years ago.

Johnson Falls







Rose Falls
jwartman59  
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03/06/2012 10:24AM
 
arg!! hello TBorealis, (nice photos by the way) how do you get your text to line up with your photos? i don't have a clue.
TuscaroraBorealis  
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03/06/2012 10:34AM
 
After each photo I type in the text then hit enter so there is a blank line before entering the next photo. After 3 photos you'll need to hit enter 7 times (7 blank lines) so the next 3 will line up. Rinse & repeat. :)
jwartman59  
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03/06/2012 10:46AM
 
thanks, i wouldn't have guessed that in a million years. now to give it a try.
Mustangt125  
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03/06/2012 10:58AM
 
Those are some great pictures. Where are the Curtain Falls located?
jwartman59  
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03/06/2012 11:05AM
 
curtain falls is on the border route between iron lake and crooked lake. it is possible to make it to iron lake in one day, the campsite on the northeast corner of the lake, #1841, gives quick access to the falls. be very careful as you approach the minnesota side portage from iron lake, there is a tricky bit of current that has swamped many a canoe.
boonie  
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03/06/2012 11:10AM
 
There are also a lot of nice waterfalls outside the BW along the North Shore on the way to Gunflint if you go that way and have time.
TuscaroraBorealis  
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03/06/2012 11:12AM
 
quote Mustangt125: "Those are some great pictures. Where are the Curtain Falls located?"
Along the Canadian border between Iron & Crooked lakes.

Curtain Falls
CedarPaddle  
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03/06/2012 11:20AM
 
Thanks guys this really helps
I'll have to get back to this tonight after work and take notes :)
fitgers1  
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03/06/2012 03:36PM
 
Great photos guys. I hope you don't mind if I steal them for my screen saver show.


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schweady  
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03/06/2012 04:24PM
 
There is a "falls" marked on this site's map, on the creek between Horse and Fourtown, closer to Horse. Anyone have a photo or comment on it? There is a 31 ft difference between lake levels...



"You can observe a lot by watching." -- Yogi Berra
billconner  
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03/06/2012 05:20PM
 
You didn't say Quetico - though Rebecca is in the Q - but hard to beat Louisa Falls and a dip in the Devil's Bathtub.



CedarPaddle  
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03/06/2012 10:41PM
 
Just the BW. Isn't quetico a lot more expensive? I mean I would like to go someday?
Jackfish  
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03/06/2012 10:59PM
 
quote CedarPaddle: "Isn't quetico a lot more expensive?"
Yes it is. More expensive. No fish. Hassle of crossing the border. It's a good place to stay away from. ;-)

(tongue firmly in cheek)


It's only a spot on the map... until you go there.
maxxbhp  
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03/08/2012 02:41PM
 
quote Jackfish: "quote CedarPaddle: "Isn't quetico a lot more expensive?"
Yes it is. More expensive. No fish. Hassle of crossing the border. It's a good place to stay away from. ;-)

(tongue firmly in cheek)"

Fish, you forgot all the terrorists camped up there figuring out a way to sneak into the US.


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Rapid Runner  
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03/12/2012 12:45PM
 
I think TB and the others summed that one up pretty well! nice photos!
Goldenbadger  
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06/15/2012 06:09AM
 
Many moons ago I visited Johnson Falls. Here is a watercolor painting I did of it when I got back. Sorry about the glare on the glass.







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Ingvald  
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06/15/2012 08:11AM
 
quote Unas10: "How much water has to fall how far before the falling water is considered a waterfall?



Devil's Cascade on the Little Indian Sioux, EP 14."

That's the $64,000 question right there. Considering that many lakes are connected by rivers or streams and there is an elevation change between most lakes, one could find a waterfall between almost any bodies of water.


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Mike5914  
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06/15/2012 08:44AM
 
Now is a neat time to see these waterfalls too - water levels up so high the water going over the falls is very very power. Its cool to watch.
MeatHunter  
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06/15/2012 12:08PM
 
WOW. Some awesome pics. Never knew that many falls existed up there. Will take in our first this year, Johnson falls.


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oldgentleman  
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06/15/2012 12:44PM
 
quote Goldenbadger: "Many moons ago I visited Johnson Falls. Here is a watercolor painting I did of it when I got back. Sorry about the glare on the glass.





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I like it. I love water colors and dabble in them a bit myself from time to time.
mcsweem  
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06/15/2012 02:09PM
 
mcsweem  
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06/15/2012 02:12PM
 
Check out the difference in the 2 cattyman falls pics
shock  
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06/15/2012 03:10PM
 
thanks to everyone for the awesome pics. GREAT JOB !!
IBFLY  
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06/15/2012 10:35PM
 
quote TuscaroraBorealis: "After each photo I type in the text then hit enter so there is a blank line before entering the next photo. After 3 photos you'll need to hit enter 7 times (7 blank lines) so the next 3 will line up. Rinse & repeat. :) "
TB - you are one crazy dude. Thank you brother.
TuscaroraBorealis  
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06/16/2012 08:44PM
 
quote IBFLY: "quote TuscaroraBorealis: "After each photo I type in the text then hit enter so there is a blank line before entering the next photo. After 3 photos you'll need to hit enter 7 times (7 blank lines) so the next 3 will line up. Rinse & repeat. :) "
TB - you are one crazy dude. Thank you brother.
"



I do what I can. ;-)


High water thread

similar thread.
jwartman59  
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11/16/2012 03:09PM
 
not a great falls but pretty cool canyon, devils cascade on the little indian sioux.



Bonvicken  
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11/16/2012 09:24PM
 
Yet another Curtain Falls photo...





I have this photo as my wallpaper on my computer at work. It's been helping me to keep my sanity of late. (only 8 more months...)
dmpaul  
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05/09/2013 01:51PM
 
Where are the Lousia Falls & the Devil's bath tub located?
jwartman59  
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05/09/2013 02:24PM
 
my photo just above is devil's cascade. i didn't see any devils though.
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05/09/2013 07:14PM
 

Wow, a picture speaks a thousand words! Truly some beautiful pictorials of Quetico-Superior waterfalls here. Especially those by jwartman59 and Tuscarora Borealis.


Thanks for sharing.


Hans Solo


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ktoivola  
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05/10/2013 01:36PM
 
Curtain falls with very high water spring 08 Curtain falls clip
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