Paddling, Portaging, and Fishing in the BWCA
My best bud Matt Walsh and I wanted to spend a few days in the beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota. So we planned out a trip to do just that! Our focus was fishing and taking some sweet pictures in the process. We also were searching for Johnson Falls :)
Day 1: My Kind of Day
The night prior we drove up to Duluth to see our buddy Rob for some dinner and a pint. Spent the night at his place and hit the road right way in the morning. Had to stop off to get our backcountry permit, few last supplies, and hit the Gunflint Trail. Drove all the way to East Bearskin Lake launch point, blew up the boards, loaded up the gear, and setoff to find a campsite. Everything here is first come first serve so we didn't have a clue if we could get the site we wanted. No biggy because we were open to sleep anywhere. Plus we figured we would fish the whole way and drink out of every lake we paddled, which ate up some time too.
Found a campsite that was open on Caribou Lake. Not in the spot we originally wanted buuut this place was awesome! Matt instantly threw a line into the water to see what we were working with lol We then setup camp, gathered fire wood, got dinner going, and back to fishing. Fished into the night as the countless stars and Milky Way put on a show for us :)
Day 2: Searching for Waterfalls and Catching Fish
Woke up feeling ready to take on the day. Matt got the coffee going right away as we fished from the shores of our campsite some more. Talked about the plan for the day. We knew we wanted to see Johnson Falls and had a long portage ahead of us. This was going to be a physical day but we will still get plenty of time to kickback and fish.
Now to find this dang waterfall! I have seen a few pictures but we both wanted to see it in real life!
After a fantastic time playing around and relaxing by the falls we hit the water again. Just a super quick paddle to the big portage. 232 rods (each rod is like 16 feet). This was going to be a task with our gear. We both started to dial in our carrying systems, but we need to improve on them for sure. This was a bitch of a portage, but I hammered it out and ran back to help a buddy out.