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BWCA Portage 271 (Lower Pauness to Upper Pauness)

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Approximate Length:
81m (16 rods)


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On 8/29/2022 9:07:09 PM, tharasix said:
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This portage has only grown worse. During our visit, the wild rice patty has grown huge on the Upper Pauness side, and there's a beaver dam a little way into the Lower Pauness side. I didn't mind the portage itself too much, but the difficulties even getting to it on either side make the longer portage a no brainer. At this point, we all might as well let this portage rewild.
On 9/27/2018 10:22:00 AM, eagle98mn said:
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This portage is indeed steep and short, but in dry weather I wouldn't hesitate to take this portage. That said, we did the other one on the way out, and we found this way adds a quarter mile to your paddling. Basically, I would make the choice based upon weather, especially rain and the direction of the wind.
On 6/6/2018 5:50:34 PM, Bradford said:
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short and a bit steep. lotsa rocks. most outfitters advise taking the longer portage.
On 5/23/2018 4:43:58 PM, motley said:
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Very steep on the Lower Paunes side. I recommend the 40 rod portage instead if you're heading to Loon Lake.
On 9/6/2016 11:49:39 AM, BobberRob said:
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Note: The portage is on the RIGHT when going from Upper to Lower. The campsite is on the elevated ground to the left, you should see the canoe landing with some rock steps to the fire pit. The portage is extremely short, but steeper than the northern portage, and footing is a bit trickier. 1/5
On 5/10/2014 7:06:29 PM, bwbrian said:
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The portage is on the right side of the rapids. Don't do what some friends did and portage into the campsite on the left side then bushwhack down to the water. They told me this portage was terrible! It's actually a short but steep up over on some rocks. The pool below the landing looks like a good place to wet a line- but we didn't take the time.
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