Bald Eagle to Entry #84
(via Snake River)

Boundary Waters portage
Posted by: Beavers
Season/Year: Spring 05
Water Level: high
Length: 15 rods
Rating: easy
Additional Perspectives:

Portage Description:
McKenzie and Fisher show three portages on the Snake River, a 30 rod, 20 rod and a 198 rod all shown to be on the right (west) bank. In reality there are four portages. The first three are all on the left (east) bank of the river.

1. 15 rods -- easy -- As you come to a sharp left turn in the river you will see the longer portage (as shown on the maps) to your right. Don't take this one. Go around the bend to the base of the little riffle and you will see the shorter portage on your left. The landing is slightly rocky and brushy but is easy to find. The trail is flat but rocky. The put in is a nice big grassy area that would be very easy to spot when coming downstream.

2. 30 rods -- easy

This portage is not marked on the maps but is easy to find. It is about half way between the two marked portages. In high water there were no rapids just a lot of rocks blocking the way. The landing is also on the east bank and is easy to spot but starts out muddy. The rest of the trail is rocky and ends at another nice grassy landing. After this portage the river becomes very tight with a lot of switchbacks and over hanging brush.

3. 20 rods -- easy

There was no sign of a portage on the west bank as the maps show. This portage was not around rapids just more rocks. The landings on the east bank are both easy to spot with good landings.

4. 198 rods (McKenzie and Fisher) 270 rods (Beymer) -- average

I would have to agree with Beymer on the length it is much closer to 270 than 198. This is the only portage marked correctly. The muddy landing is on the west bank of the river. The rocky trail then climbs 25 rods to an open clearing before turning east and dropping back down to the river. Where you then cross over the rapids on a bridge. From there the portage starts a gentle climb on a good path until you hit a 15 rod section of mud as the trail passes through a bog. Don't worry about the mud though it's not the boot sucking type. After the bog the trail levels out on a good wide path until it drops to cross a small creek with another bridge followed by a short climb to the EP parking lot.

Lake after portage: Entry #84
Known campsites: None at all
Lake Description:

Portage from Entry #84 into:
Bald Eagle* *by way of Snake River

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