Kawishiwi Lake Loop

Ely, Minnesota

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This trip offers a very unique opportunity to cross twenty-five lakes and four rivers in a week of paddling. Wild, remote territory is breached, fishing opportunities are endless. You’ll cross the Lake/Cook county lines and the Laurentian Divide. Moose, beaver, and waterfowl are common and wolves are about. Abort the trip at Sawbill Lake and shuttle back to Kawishiwi Lake to save two days of paddling, if you’re worn out. The trip proceeds north from Kawishiwi Lake through six lakes to Malberg Lake, where it turns east and reaches through eight lakes to Mesaba Lake before heading south through six lakes. At Alton Lake you’ll head west through five lakes back to Lake Polly before turning south and returning to Kawishiwi Lake. Kawishiwi Lake covers 400 acres and has a maximum depth of 12 feet. Fishing success for walleye, pike, and northern pike is above average. On the first day you’ll cross from Kawishiwi Lake into Square Lake, Kawasachong Lake, Townline Lake, Lake Polly, Koma Lake, and Malberg Lake, where you’ll camp.
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 offers a very unique opportunity to cross twenty-five lakes and four rivers in a week of paddling. Wild, remote territory is breached, fishing opportunities are endless. You’ll cross the Lake/Cook county lines and the Laurentian Divide. Moose, beaver, and waterfowl are common and wolves are about. Abort the trip at Sawbill Lake and shuttle back to Kawishiwi Lake to save two days of paddling, if you’re worn out.

The trip proceeds north from Kawishiwi Lake through six lakes to Malberg Lake, where it turns east and reaches through eight lakes to Mesaba Lake before heading south through six lakes. At Alton Lake you’ll head west through five lakes back to Lake
Polly before turning south and returning to Kawishiwi Lake.
Kawishiwi Lake covers 400 acres and has a maximum depth of 12 feet. Fishing success for walleye, pike, and northern pike is above average. On the first day you’ll cross from Kawishiwi Lake into Square Lake, Kawasachong Lake, Townline Lake, Lake Polly, Koma Lake, and Malberg Lake, where you’ll camp.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Ely
Distance: 48
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 6 to 7 days or longer. The trip has been done in 4 days.
Class: Class I
Season: May through September, depending on weather
Local Contacts: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Kawishiwi Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Kawishiwi Lake, Lake Polly, Kelso Mountain, Beth Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Kawishiwi Lake Loop

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Apr 2018