Cacabic to Thomas

Boundary Waters portage
Posted by: CG96
Season/Year: Summer 02
Water Level: low
Length: 210 rods
Rating: average
Additional Perspectives:
Woods Walker

Portage Description:
It really depends upon your perception. I expect to find trails where there is a significane amount of mud. There have been times where I have looked forward to the mud. This trail exits Thomas from a sandy beach, and then turns into a walk in the woods. The swamp part adds to the fun for me. After all, this is all about adventure. The other poster exaggerated the difficulty of this trail. Perhaps the other poster expected to stay immaculate and pristine on his journey through the BWCA. I actually looked forward to the swamp, as walking through the water gave me a respite from the heat of the day, and helped to cool me off. It was even more fun watching other members of my group try to avoid the mud, only to go in past their waists ! Here's a hint: Stay in the middle of the trail. Don't deviate from the middle of the trail, not even a little bit. I wouldn't give that moist, muddy area the dignity of calling it a swamp. It's not that much of a challenge. Don't worry about it. It's an opportunity to look at the plant life, and a break from long days of paddling.

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

Clear, in many different parts. Lots of canoe traffic in the season, as it's part of the "Bear Loop."

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