North Kawishiwi River Loop

Ely, Minnesota

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Paddle across Ojibway Lake to find a unique eighteenth-century device that will allow the canoe to be rolled to Triangle Lake. The next portage will access the Kawishiwi River flowage. The rivers, and almost every mentioned lake, will offer good northern pike and walleye fishing. Scenic rapids and waterfalls abound. This route is usually not crowded. If time permits, at the start or end of the trip, lake trout and smallmouth bass fishing can be quite good in Ojibway Lake. The portage into the entry point on the Kawishiwi River is 190 rods, one of the most lengthy portages on the trip. The Kawishiwi rivers have been called “flowages” and compared to long, narrow lakes, since they are mostly calm, extended pools, except where waterfalls and rapids signify a quick drop in elevation.
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)

Paddle across Ojibway Lake to find a unique eighteenth-century device that will allow the canoe to be rolled to Triangle Lake. The next portage will access the Kawishiwi River flowage. The rivers, and almost every mentioned lake, will offer good northern pike and walleye fishing. Scenic rapids and waterfalls abound. This route is usually not crowded.

If time permits, at the start or end of the trip, lake trout and smallmouth bass fishing can be quite good in Ojibway Lake. The portage into the entry point on the Kawishiwi River is 190 rods, one of the most lengthy portages on the trip. The Kawishiwi rivers have been called “flowages” and compared to long, narrow lakes, since they are mostly calm, extended pools, except where waterfalls and rapids signify a quick drop in elevation.

©  James Churchill/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Ely
Distance: 24
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 days, with fishing and sightseeing
Class: Class II-IV
Season: May through September, depending on weather
Local Contacts: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Kawishiwi Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Ojibway Lake, Gabbro Lake, Farm Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to North Kawishiwi River Loop

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