Vermilion Lake to the Little Indian Sioux River

Ely, Minnesota

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This is a short, easy trip with few portages. It starts at a large, bustling lake and ends at a quiet river crossing on the Echo Trail. The most spectacular lakes in the western BWCAW are visited on this trip. You’ll see scenic waterfalls and possibly moose, deer, and beaver. The fishing can be excellent in spring, early summer, or fall. Motors are allowed on the first part of the trip. Study the map first, then launch the canoe at the public landing on Crane Lake. This busy lake covers 3,088 acres, is almost 4 miles long, 3 miles wide, and 80 feet deep. It holds walleye, sauger, northern pike, smallmouth bass, crappie, and yellow perch for fishermen. Canoe north to pass west of Baylis Island and just skirt the west edge of Indian Island. Enter the King Williams Narrows, paddle for another 2 miles to Sand Point Lake. Motorboat traffic is often heavy, so an early morning embarkation is advised. Sand Point Lake is a border lake and the west (American) shoreline is the boundary for Voyageurs National Park. This lake covers 8,869 acres and has walleyes, northern pike, and panfish for the catching. There are several campsites on Sand Point Lake.
Paddling the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park

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Paddling the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park

by James Churchill (Falcon Guides)

This is a short, easy trip with few portages. It starts at a large, bustling lake and ends at a quiet river crossing on the Echo Trail. The most spectacular lakes in the western BWCAW are visited on this trip. You’ll see scenic waterfalls and possibly moose, deer, and beaver. The fishing can be excellent in spring, early summer, or fall. Motors are allowed on the first part of the trip.

Study the map first, then launch the canoe at the public landing on Crane Lake. This busy lake covers 3,088 acres, is almost 4 miles long, 3 miles wide, and 80 feet deep. It holds walleye, sauger, northern pike, smallmouth bass, crappie, and yellow perch for fishermen. Canoe north to pass west of Baylis Island and just skirt the west edge of Indian Island. Enter the King Williams Narrows, paddle for another 2 miles to Sand Point Lake. Motorboat traffic is often heavy, so an early morning embarkation is advised. Sand Point Lake is a border lake and the west (American) shoreline is the boundary for Voyageurs National Park. This lake covers 8,869 acres and has walleyes, northern pike, and panfish for the catching. There are several campsites on Sand Point Lake.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Ely
Distance: 30
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 to 6 days, with fishing and sightseeing
Class: Class I
Season: May through September, depending on weather
Local Contacts: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, La Croix Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Crane Lake, Lake Jeanette, Shell Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Vermilion Lake to the Little Indian Sioux River

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