Big Lake Loop

Ely, Minnesota

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This trip starts at Big Lake and follows a river north to another large lake. Then it picks up a second river and continues north to Lake Agnes. At Lake Agnes it locates a third river and follows it to a fourth river. The trip then proceeds south to Stuart Lake where it transfers to the Stuart River and follows that river south to a long portage back to Big Lake. Five rivers and three lakes are visited. This is a difficult trip, if completed. However, it can be shortened by putting in and taking out on the Echo Trail. The Stuart River is impassable in dry weather. Independence Day storm–affected area.
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 trip starts at Big Lake and follows a river north to another large lake. Then it picks up a second river and continues north to Lake Agnes. At Lake Agnes it locates a third river and follows it to a fourth river. The trip then proceeds south to Stuart Lake where it transfers to the Stuart River and follows that river south to a long portage back to Big Lake.

Five rivers and three lakes are visited. This is a difficult trip, if completed. However, it can be shortened by putting in and taking out on the Echo Trail. The Stuart River is impassable in dry weather. Independence Day storm–affected area.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Ely
Distance: 39
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5 to 7 days
Class: Class I
Season: May through September, depending on weather
Local Contacts: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Kawishiwi Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Angleworm Lake, Lapond Lake, Iron Lake, Lake Agnes
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Lake Loop

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