Boulder to Cap

Boundary Waters portage
Posted by: Tom Kendall
Season/Year: Summer 01
Water Level: low
Length: ~300 rods
Rating: difficult
Additional Perspectives:
Woods Walker

Portage Description:
Easy to find out of Boulder lake. Difficulty (other than length) starts with marshy spot in the middle (shown as a creek/narrow lake on Fischer maps). Veer left along creek until you can walk no further and a steep eroded bank appears on right side. Must cross over here. Deep muck requires using canoes to bridge across, even though narrow. The eroded bank is the continuation of the portage TRAIL. What lies beyond is unknown to me. Reputed to be an excellent moose overlook early in the morning.

DON'T DO WHAT WE DID: older maps show a short portage a little ways "down stream". The stream is a beaver creek, and ends with an extremely soft dam well before the old (now abandoned) short portage trail. If you insist on persisting, and don't sink up to your neck in the muck, make your way down the left (south) bank along a moose track until you get to the next old dam (~30 rods). Cross at the dam (don't try it anywhere else or you'll be lost forever in the bottomless mud) and work your way back up the north bank until you can find the trail heading over the moraine to the north (by a downed pine). The trail is getting pretty hard to spot and is rapidly being overgrown now that the canopy is gone. It should be gone within a couple of years.

Lake after portage: Cap
Known campsites: None at all
Lake Description:

Cap lake, while small, is clear and clean. This is truly remote and isolated with long portages from all sides.

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