My buddies and I are heading up to the BWCA for our 8th year in a row this July. We would like to enter into a new EP/new area of the BWCA that we have never been to before. If you could please offer up some suggestions on an EP or area and maybe even some possible routes, it would be greatly appreciated! Below I've listed a few thins we look for in a trip and the places we've already been. Hopefully this can help narrow things down a bit, after all, anywhere in the BWCA is great!
Things we looks for in a trip: 1. Solitude 2. Scenery 3. Fishing/other activities
Usually, we set up a basecamp a few lakes in from the EP. Also, we tend to travel at more of a leisurely pace, so a shorter distance would be better, but it's not a deal breaker....we plan on going for 5 days this year...
Places we've been: 1. EP 28 Snowbank 2. EP 14 LIS (did the LLC loop and came out #16) 3. EP 16 Moose River (went straight in and camped on SE area of LLC...did this 3 years in row! Guess we like the area haha!!) 4. EP 23 Mudro (went as far as Boot and camped there) 5. EP 62 Clearwater Lake (went as far as Rose and camped there)
Thanks in advance for the advice, I can't wait to hear what everyone has to say!
Every entry point can deliver what your 3 items are. Leave early and travel past two PM and look for end of bay camps if still on "busy" throughways. My next choice would be Duncan to Rose with a left turn after the stair step portage.
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Couple routes to consider. EP 54 - Seagull through Alpine, Jasper Basecamp Ogishkemuncie Have had good luck fishing Ogish and Alpine is an excellent fishery. Alpine and Jasper are still burned. I prefer to camp elsewhere and go into fish Alpine. There are some nice cascades on the Portage to Alpine/Jasper. Can day trip to eddy falls from Ogish. Plenty of other lakes to explore from Ogish.
EP 55 - Sag Tow to American Point. Through Ottertrack for basecamp in Ester/Hanson. Excellent and beautiful lakes. Day trip to Cherry for the palisades. Good fishing in the South Arm of Knife. Can also see Eddy Falls from direction as well. Large mouth fishing in Ashdick. Ottertrack reportedly has some good walleye in it. Might be able to do a day trip to thunder point as well.
Haha I haven't been to any of the entry points you have but i also have been on 8 trips total. My favorite trip so far was ep 54 Seagull Lake. We went all the way into South Arm Knife Lake and base camped there. We did a week long trip though too. Had great sucess fishing and there was some awesome scenery and lots of solitude. The only down side to our trip was we didn't really fish any lakes besides South Arm and Alpine. If you want you can check out our trip report: "Voyage of the Sasquatch" I wrote it but it was on my brother smalltown profile
quote slickwick21: "I haven't. Heard there's a lot of portaging in that area haha..."
Not really, although the first portage is long, but not difficult otherwise. The trail is smooth and the landings at either end are easy. Overall, it's easier than the series of three portages from Mudro to Fourtown, although longer. After that the portages are short and easy.