Frost to Afton

Boundary Waters portage
Posted by: michael noble
Season/Year: Summer 03
Water Level: average
Length: 25 rods
Rating: difficult
Additional Perspectives:

Portage Description:
From Frost to Afton is an all day event, no doubt. Only the first portage seems like the real deal, ending with a long flat terrain of ankle breakers. After that, it's in and out of the boat endlessly. We gave up counting, and watching the map, unheard of for me. Get an early start, say 7:30 AM so you have time for a leisurely lunch. If you skip the campsite on Baloney (we did), you have to say a prayer that the one on Afton is open. I have been packing and portaging for 30 years, and this was a fun but exhausting day. I had my spouse and two teenagers along, and had the distinct feeling that I am getting old. Quite remote. One portage, that I called Hilarious Portage has a spot near the beginning with two trees wide enough for your canoe, but its best if you keep your fingers on the inside. At the end (maybe 50 rods, maybe only 25) there is a 40 inch shelf that drops so sharply, you really can only sit on your butt and slide off. Then you are greeted by the hugest boulder field imaginable, with a put-in that's just huge fractured granite boulders. Not hard, just hilarious.

Lake after portage: Afton
Known campsites: 1
Lake Description:

Afton Lake is welcome, and the only campsite is perched high above the water, like an eagle. Not the nicest site really, but a well deserved rest.

Portage from Afton into:
Cleffe (or Clefte)

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