Just returned from EP 47. I have to say that Winchell Lake was the best tasting lake I have drank from in my 18 years of tripping. Then again, I did just buy a Katadyn Hiker Pro pump filter.....I'm curious, what do you think are the best tasting lakes?
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quote Beaverjack: "Depends on how thirsty I am. Honestly, the best water is in deep mountain lakes above treeline, and I've drank from dozens of those. Nothing in the BW compares. Too many bugs, I 'spect."
Beaverjack, for once I agree with you. Drinking from a mountain spring...nothing compares.
However, I do keep a Nalgene full of water from the last site we camped at for at home. There I bottle it and whenever I am having a scotch on an evening, will blend in a bit of water from where ever I have been. As of right now, I have bottles of water from Wine, Mesaba, Topper, and Ram from the BWCA. I also have a bottle of water from an unnamed mountain creek in Colorado. Besides the Colorado water, I would have to say Cherokee Lake really sticks in my mind as being good tasting.
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Not a lake, but I always stop at the Spire Valley trout hatchery on Hwy 6 north of Outing, MN. They have a pipe with always-flowing spring water that is some of the best water I have ever drank. I usually have a bourbon and water from whatever BWCA lake I was on when I get home like MNsotian.
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I was very pleasantly surprised by the clarity of the water in Horse Lake this past month. I had a 1/2 bottle of filtered water left over from there after getting home. Compared quite favorably to water from the kitchen tap.
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Man, I don't think I could pick a best tasting lake. I will say the water we got from the artesian well at Temperance River State Park was the best water I could have hoped to taste. Will have to pay more attention I guess. Funny, my early years I would mix a powder orange drink with the water and the last 3 or 4 I prefer to drink it "straight".
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quote kanoes: "quote RainGearRight: "Alton's gin clear water is the best I've tasted so far. Filtering water won't change the taste. " purifying will though." so does adding tea or coffee or gatorade or crystal light, etc.
I only purify when absolutely necessary. I've not had a problem.
I like Winchell too, and Fishdance & Mallberg for BWCA.
The best wilderness water I've had is bar none from Navajo Basin in Colorado. It's at 12,000 feet in a basin between a couple 14ers. The creek feeding the lake was snowmelt just minutes before, there is very little in the way of vegetation and wildlife, and the water is freezing cold and delicious. This is also my favorite non-BWCA campsite in all the places I've been to.
Best city tap water: Estes Park, Colorado.
Worst city tap water: Midland, TX (it's slippery, and tastes like petroleum and fish.)
I've not thought about this question but I have friends who are always on the lookout for creeks and streams that might be spring fed running into bwca lakes and fill their jugs from them and drink without purification.
quote tobiedog: "I've not thought about this question but I have friends who are always on the lookout for creeks and streams that might be spring fed running into bwca lakes and fill their jugs from them and drink without purification. "
A spring fed stream does not mean clean water. Sounds like a giardi potential. That said it is nice to get that cold water.
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