Cacabic to Thomas

Boundary Waters portage
Posted by: Bourgeois
Season/Year: Fall 03
Water Level: average
Length: 240 rods
Rating: difficult
Additional Perspectives:
Woods Walker

Portage Description:
Ah! No joy without work!

This is indeed a difficult one. The largest of the three low, wet spots, at the Cacabic end, can be skirted by picking ones way through the woods to the east. This works only with a pack: canoes have to go through the swamp, wherein lies, knee deep, a log ladder. Beware, however, missing rungs. Feel ahead carefully, or end up waist-deep in muck like my wife with a 60 pound pack on your back. Pause, think, and experiment. If the water is high enough, paddling might work. You will get muddy, but perhaps not entirely.

When you reach Thomas Lake, after much effort and cursing, the beautiful beach and the beautiful lake will wash your mouth out and cleanse you of the pain of the portage. Do not fear it! Live!

Lake after portage: Thomas
Known campsites: 8+
Lake Description:

A satisfying lake, with several good lunch spots on the islands in its middle...good places to rest after the portage. The island campsite just opposite the portage landing is a good one, with an open vista and yet relatively protected from Westerlies.

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