teamjk 12/07/2017 | Posted in Accessories, Fishing, Orion
Superior National Forest is one of those beautiful gems that never disappoints! Having the right gear will make your trip a lot more enjoyable and could be a life saving safety decision.
First of all you will need the proper permits to enter the BWCA. You can enter the lottery on www.recreation.gov (usually starts November and ends mid December) you will also have to choose the location to pick up your permits. The earliest you can get the permit is 24 hours before your entry day.
My Fiancee Heather and I had the pleasure of visiting the BWCA the week of June 17 thru 22nd, 2017. We entered through Fall Lake (Entry Point 24) there is a nice boat ramp and a safe place to park your vehicle at the campsite lot. Fall Lake also has a ton of outfitters if you need a bunk house the first night. We stayed at Packsack canoe in Ely, MN on Fall Lake (Very nice folks).
After we got loaded and underway our Kayak journey started on Fall Lake. We trekked North entering Newton Lake after portaging Newton Falls. Then we paddled up past Pipestone Falls after the portage there as well. Beautiful rapids, the White Water Team would love! That night we camped on Pipestone Bay near Wegens point. We stayed there 3 days and would take day trips out to see the falls, find Bald Eagles and go Fishing!
Very good Smallmouth fishing on Pipestone and Basswood Lake near the Islands and off rocky points. The Smallmouth were up on beds and would hit bright colored crankbaits hard. I also had luck with Swim and jerkbaits on Northerns. Top water frogs would work up near some wild rice patties. Walleye were a little slow. Some of the locals were having luck with leeches and would wind troll spoons across 15-20 foot rock walls.
Overall it was an amazing trip! I highly recommend trying it with a Kayak! Very different experience than a canoe. Much more FUN!!!
The Orion 25 cooler was great. It kept our Ice for the 4 days we were on the water no problem, we even brought 12 eggs and Ribeye steaks and no issues with bears or other critters.
For portaging the Railblaza CTUG’s worked great!!!! we had no issues with the rocky path.
I also listed some items below that are essential.
Group Items –
Map or Maps – Waterproof preferred
Tents (Stakes, Poles) – Shared
Bear kit – food pack suspension system.
Extra Paddles – One Per Canoe
Food bag or drum
Lightweight campstove or burners ( I use a Jetboil and its awesome)
Fuel for campstove/burners/lantern
Pots and pans for cooking
Coffee press, coffee pot, or instant coffee
Sponge with scrub pad
Camp saw/ Ax
Water filter / Iodine tabs
Repair gear – duct tape, super glue, leatherman, thread, needle
First Aid Kit
Plastic Cutting Surface/Board
Lantern with fuel and mantels
Bow and Stern Lines
Below are some personal items needed as well.
Necessary Personal Items
PFD – Life Jacket
Glasses or contact lenses
Duluth Pack, Dry Bags, and/or backpacks
Compression or Stuff Sack for Cloth and Sleeping bag.
Thermarest or other mattress
Flashlight or Headlamp
Extra clothing, sock, long underwear
Jacket/Fleece for layering
Winter Hat and gloves
Water bottle / Nalgene
Trash bags and zip locks (keep things dry and seperated)
Hat (with brim)
Biodegradable soap (Must wash dishes/self 150 feet from water)
Any necessary medicines
Drivers/fishing license (Minnesota) $50 for Husband/Wife MN permit
Have a great time in the beautiful North Woods!