BWCA Portage 480 (Basswood to Wind)

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Approximate Length:
945m (188 rods)


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On 9/26/2021 12:29:58 PM, corymoto said:
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This portage is passable, but you wont be able to get to the original location. A walk through the bog/grass is necessary with the low water situation. There is a path, so no bushwhacking required.
On 8/7/2021 8:55:12 AM, kriss357 said:
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Due to extreme low water levels in 2021, we had to start this portage before the beaver house and traverse the bog area. We walked past the 2 landings deeper into the stream, but they would have required walking in some very deep looking mud. As a result of the low water, this portage was about 70 rods longer than marked.
On 2/24/2019 5:46:34 PM, Riley Smith said:
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I wish I had read bwbrian's entry. We took the entirety of the 188 rods by carrying. Tested the folks I was guiding a bit. Oh well, good experience and on to Basswood.
On 11/22/2014 7:05:54 AM, Joe Scott said:
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Portage was in good shape. I turned my ankle on a rock in the middle of the path so watch your step.
On 5/10/2014 7:22:40 PM, bwbrian said:
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You have your choice of three landings on this one. Don't stop at the first one! Paddle through the lily pads until you reach the beaver dam. At this point you can take the portage on the right or paddle through the break in the dam and about 15 rods downstream to the final takeout point. The portage is not difficult but there is a stream to negotiate about 40 rods from the Wind Bay end. In low water, wade right through, but when the water is high you may want to float across the three rods. After this, there is a little area of mud and rocks. When you get to Wind Bay, the landing is very shallow, so don't load your canoe right next to shore.
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Second Landing
Second Landing by Ben Strege