Seagull to Grandpa

Boundary Waters portage
Posted by: David Jeremy
Season/Year: Summer 04
Water Level: average
Length: 243 rods
Rating: difficult
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Portage Description:
One of the least pleasant portages I've done in over 30 years in the BWCA. Path is fairly clear of obstructions, but very uneven, rocky, with many stretching upward or downward steps from large rocks required. Worst of all are two sections of slough in the center: one shorter one about 1/3 of the way across from Seagull to Grandpa, the other at about the 2/3 mark. Logs have been tossed into the mud, running parallel with the path, but if you miss your footing you'll fall knee or thigh deep into rich black swamp. I was carrying an 18.5 foot aluminum canoe, backpack, two paddles, and life vests when I fell. I threw it all off, pulled my foot out of the mud (losing my sandal in the process), dug out the sandal, then panted my way through the rest of the portage wearing sandals that fell off every third step because the mud had so thoroughly clogged the Velcro. BE CAREFUL on this portage. It's not the longest, swampiest, most uneven, or obstructed I've ever done, but it qualifies as my least favorite experience in many years in the BWCA.

Lake after portage: Grandpa
Known campsites: 2
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