BWCA Portage 576 (Skoop to Ada)

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Approximate Length:
533m (106 rods)

Lakes:

Climb/Descent Meters:
12.7

"Hilliness" Index
24

# of Comments:
9

On 7/3/2019 10:11:20 AM, Skol91 said:
Visit Date:
6/27/2019

We were able to avoid much of this portage by paddling the stream adjacent to the portage. You will run into a dead end if you attempt this, but the remaining ~10 rods that will remain is very manageable.
On 10/6/2018 9:06:27 PM, deepwoods said:
Visit Date:
9/30/2018

It's just ugly.... Much of the portage is strewn with rocks from softball size to wheelbarrow size. You need to pick your way slowly and carefully to avoid twisting an ankle or breaking a leg. The best thing that could happen would be for a beaver to plug the stream outlet at the Ada Lake end and remove the need for much of this portage.
On 8/28/2017 9:26:51 AM, carterswift said:
Visit Date:
8/24/2017

Killer portage with more rocks and mud than you could imagine
On 5/17/2017 3:49:39 PM, Northwoodsman said:
Visit Date:
9/12/2016

One of my least favorite portages. It a walk through a boulder field. It is flat so it looks easy on the chart. You will be glad once it's over. Very muddy in places. The Ada Lake landing is very muddy; the Skoop end isn't bad at all.
On 10/11/2016 9:14:04 AM, PaddleDan61 said:
Visit Date:
9/11/2016

Ada landing is fine, but from there it is muddy and rocky. Have to be careful not to bust your ankles. If coming from Skoop landing be aware that there is a false landing. The creek does not go through, take the trail to the right.
On 11/5/2015 3:55:48 PM, Kim Cropsey said:
Visit Date:
10/4/2015

It was disappointing to find one larger portage when our map had indicated two. That being said we were lucky to hit a drier period so no bogs for us. Not sure if the Forest Service made it in (since we had a fallen tree blockage later on the Cherokee River but that's another story) but the trail along the creek was not a bad portage. Easy to see how it could turn hellish if wetter though.
On 7/18/2015 8:12:08 PM, Brad said:
Visit Date:
7/12/2015

As stated in other comments this is a tough portage and you can't slide over the beaver dam and paddle part of it as I did in 2011. You have to portage from Adda Lake to Skoop Lake. This portage is muddy with a lot of large rocks. If you are not in mud you are stepping over large rocks. Some planks as you get close to Skoop Lake but beware as some are loose.
On 7/15/2015 8:02:53 PM, eagle98mn said:
Visit Date:
7/9/2015

As the previous person stated, this portage may show two small portages on your map, but it is now one long portage as seen on this website. The portage is a tough slog through a swampy marsh. I got stuck in knee deep mud with the canoe on at one point and the rest wasn't much better. Expect this portage to feel much longer than the stated distance. All that said, the folks at Sawbill Outfitters said they expect the forest service to work on this portage later this year to make it more passable now that the creek is too shallow to paddle. Hopefully others passing through the area will keep this site updated with comments, particularly if the forest service moves part of the portage farther from the marsh.
On 10/13/2014 9:51:19 AM, jeemon said:
Visit Date:
10/10/2014

This used to be two separate portages. This is now an 80 rod portage, combining the 13 and 1 rods through Ada creek following the collapse of a beaver dam. One of the most difficult portages between Sawbill and Cross Bay. Watch out for mucky bog holes that will suck boots up to waist high.
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