In the Middle at Boulder Lake

Crooked Site

Crooked Lake Site

Tom and I decided a modestly short trip was in order this year. This usually means going into the ever popular eastern half of the BWCA. Aside from the trip itself, our destination was to be Boulder Lake which is just about as far from the borders of the eastern half of the BWCA as you can get -- in other words it is about halfway between Snowbank Lake and Seagull Lake. We entered through Missing Link and set up camp the first night on Crooked Lake

Frost River into Little Sag

Frost River into Little Sag

The next day we passed through Mora Lake on the way to Little Sag and enjoyed the emptying of the Frost River into Little Saganaga. From there we passed west into the chain of small lakes that cuts across toward Fraser Lake.

Ledge Lake

Ledge Lake

Ledge Lake

Ledge Lake

portage into Boulder

portage into Boulder

The next day we stopped for lunch at Ledge Lake before tackling the big portage into Boulder. You do get the sense of being up high on Ledge Lake -- the scenery at the horizon seems to drop away from you. At this point you can portage straight west on to Roe Lake or take the south fork in the portage and end up at Boulder Lake. There is a definite downward slope to the portage once you turn south. There is a small stream at the bottom where we scared up a moose. It's a good spot to take a break and explore up and down the stream a bit. Getting all the way to Boulder Lake takes a bit but it is well worth it.

Boulder site

Boulder Site

double rainbow

double rainbow

rainbow

rainbow

clearing up

clearing up

There is a very nice site on an island in the middle of Boulder Lake. We set up camp there and deployed the rainfly since it looked like there might be some rain. There was a brief shower that resulted in a pretty spectacular double rainbow (the pictures of course do it no justice) after which it cleared up nicely.

Kekekabic Trail

Kekekabic Trail

We left the next morning going south to Alice (but not before having to stop and go back for Tom's hat which he accidentally left at the Boulder site). We eventually found a site at Insula on the east side of the lake. Over the next couple days we traveled up to Kekekabic Lake and east to Ogishkemuncie and Gabimichigami. The five portages at the end of Kek reminded us of our travails there as part of the ill-fated Gumby Trip. Between Ogishkemuncie and Agamok you cross the Kekekabic Trail which is notable at this point for its fine but very underwildernessy bridge across the river.

Last Update on March 16, 2005

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