BWCA Portage 264 (Swamp to Ashdick)

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Approximate Length:
820m (163 rods)


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On 1/21/2019 11:12:38 AM, dbagooner said:
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As others have said this is a fun, long, and challenging portage. My 12 y/o's first trip to BWCA and she struggled a bit. Some real tense moments while balancing the canoe single portaging. Wet, muddy, slippery, ascending or descending always.
On 3/17/2018 2:23:20 AM, runningrealtor said:
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This is a fun one...based on the reviews, I planned this one to show my friends a tough portage and it did not dissapoint :) It is climbing or knee deep mud seemingly the whole way from Ashdick. Travis did this one with a pack and a MN II and came out with clean feet, I swear it on the BWCA. If you ever try this one, just think about that. Big props Travis!
On 9/11/2017 10:57:30 AM, AmateurHour said:
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This portage seems only for the gamblers who want to stay on Ashdick. If, and I mean IF, site 333 is open after slogging through, then making the effort will have saved two portages at the expense of a nasty, muddy haul. This trail runs almost an entire half-mile through a literal swamp, and if 333 is taken it'll mean having to camp in the grassy tickhole of 334 or portaging into Ester.
On 7/29/2015 11:04:26 PM, KY Paddler said:
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To say it nicely, this portage sucks! I believe that it's approximately a half mile hike, where almost every step is in knee deep mud, even in a dry season. There are some boards in a few areas, but other than that, it is extremely difficult to traverse this narrow, muddy, path. Also, not to mention the large amount of mosquitoes that eat you the entire way. But with all of that said, we slayed some small and largemouth bass over in Ashdick Lake. As much as I hate to say it, we'll probably do this portage again next year.
On 5/10/2014 7:27:12 PM, bwbrian said:
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This is not an easy portage! It climbs steeply above the northern shore of Ashdick Lake then levels out for a considerable distance before descending to to a shallow bay just around the corner from Monument portage at the western end of Swamp lake. The portage wouldn't be too bad without the added obstacles along the way (deadfalls, mud pits, narrow and mosquito-infested pathway). I don't believe this path sees very many travelers.
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Ashdick end 1
Ashdick end 1 by AmateurHour
Carnage and Tippy Canoe
Carnage and Tippy Canoe by AmateurHour
This portage is a literal swamp
This portage is a literal swamp by AmateurHour
End of the road for us
End of the road for us by AmateurHour
Someone's casualty
Someone's casualty by AmateurHour
Ashdick end 2
Ashdick end 2 by AmateurHour
Swamp Landing
Swamp Landing by AmateurHour
Swamp Landing 2
Swamp Landing 2 by AmateurHour