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BWCA Portage 679 (Island River)

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Approximate Length:
53m (11 rods)


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On 9/14/2023 6:13:28 PM, mschi772 said:
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The rapids definitely have the potential to be able to be paddled or lined, but if not, the portage is a cakewalk.
On 3/15/2023 12:39:08 AM, Riley Smith said:
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With the wild rice in peak ripeness, travel was challenging. I walked through this one.
On 5/10/2022 6:15:17 PM, TuscaroraBorealis said:
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These rapids are easily scouted from the water as you approach. Provided there are no strainers or other impediments, I would say they are always navigable. I ran them during full flood and would rate it as a class I rapids. Didn't even see either landing for the portage (maybe high water was covering?) Extremely low water may be an issue if you are particular about scratching your canoe. But, I think you could walk it down without too much trouble. Not having seen the landings or trail, heading upstream in full flood may require something of a bushwhack if needing to use the portage.
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