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BWCA Portage 845

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Approximate Length:
2180m (433 rods)


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On 7/10/2023 9:27:12 PM, abaxa said:
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The trail is in good shape and it is indeed an easy portage for its length. No downed trees or brush obscuring the trail. Lots of lovely spots to stop and rest along the way. Beavers seem to have dammed Swamp Creek to the point where it's worthwhile to float the loaded canoe across. The water is thigh-deep and full of slipper rocks and mud but passable. The landing on the river is grassy and a little muddy but that's what you can expect on the Stuart.
On 3/15/2023 7:06:42 PM, Riley Smith said:
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Interesting way to start a trip for sure, but it definitely felt way shorter than 400 rods. There's a wet spot in the middle to watch out for.
On 9/10/2019 11:41:54 AM, BobberRob said:
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Make no mistake, it is a long portage. As you can see from the elevation chart, it is mostly downhill to the river. It isn't a bad one to start out a trip, but as the last portage of the trip it is brutal. On our last visit the stream crossing about 50 rods from the river landing was flooded enough that we had to get creative to get our canoes and gear across. 4/5
On 3/8/2017 7:57:34 PM, MnJohn said:
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First portage with a 72# Grumman. 3 friends and I made our first 'adult free' BWCA trip, day after freshman year in high school. Nice path - had the old 'canoe rests'. I remember my shoulders burning from portaging the canoe. The portage was pretty level, from what I recall.
On 11/6/2016 7:57:26 PM, gymcoachdon said:
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I must say that I was a bit nervous to make this long portage, as it was the first one on my first canoe trip ever...and I was solo. A lot of worrying over nothing, the length is the only challenge. It rolled a little, and had a few rocky sections, and a small creek to cross. Mostly just a nice walk through the woods, ok, a nice LONG walk through the woods! It does add a lot of time though, I think it took me about 1 1/2 hours to double portage.
On 6/24/2014 8:28:36 PM, bwbrian said:
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Considering this portage is a mile-and-a-half long, it's really not too bad. Footing is good for the most part, there are no major climbs, and the trail was not overly muddy even though there had been abundant rains and the water was high. There are two creek crossings along the way; neither one is a problem as long as you pay attention to your footing on the slippery rocks.
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