BWCA Portage 522 (Panhandle to Pan)

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Approximate Length:
280m (56 rods)


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On 7/6/2021 8:51:58 PM, Gamma1214 said:
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The bushwhack portage is still traveled enough that it appears to be the portage from the Panhandle side. Still lots of brush & a wet foot stream crossing. Both it and the actual portage come out at the same landing on Pan now so, if going from Pan, simply take the trail on the left. From Panhandle, I would say to find the portage as shown on the map and then paddle North about 1 beaver dam to be certain you're on the actual trail.
On 4/23/2017 11:03:08 PM, MontanaPaddler said:
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Ended up on the false portage by accident. Don't make our mistake. Worst 56 rods of the trip.
On 8/11/2016 11:25:13 PM, nlong said:
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Location of portage on map is incorrect. It is further north than indicated on both the Pan Lake and Panhandle Lake side. If you go to far south, you will run into the old portage route which hasn't been used in years and is full of dead falls and has a creek crossing. Don't take this route! The real portage is nice and wide but the entrance is obscured by trees when coming from the Panhandle Lake side. Just follow the shoreline on the west side of Panhandle Lake and you will find it.
On 9/19/2014 4:39:56 PM, Bradford said:
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Should be a straight forward but muddy portage. BEWARE the false/bushwhack portages along this entire string of portages!! Someone once missed finding the real trail and so made a new, very bad portage trail that is nearly impossible. If it seems ridiculously brushy, unmaintained and full of dead falls YOU ARE NOT ON THE RIGHT PORTAGE!! Go back and look a bit further down the shore or back up a ways - you passed it or it is further down but not far. There are also beavers active along this route. We had to wade thru long stretches of deep beaver ponds and cross a deep creek. Be wary and on your game here.
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WRONG Portage into Panhandle Lake. TURN BACK
WRONG Portage into Panhandle Lake. TURN BACK by 01richwood
Portage by Mike Monahan