June 26, 2007

Lake One Day Paddle

Well, Kim is back from the cruise and we are up at Steve's beautiful cabin in Ely again. The sunrise at his dock on Miner's Lake are a treat! Golden color streaked with wisps of fog, and glass-stll water each & every morning, makes that cup of coffee taste fantastic!

We decided one more Boundry Waters paddle was a must, so a day trip to Lake One was recommended by our friend Mark Olson of Canoe Country Outfitters. http://www.canoecountryoutfitters.com/

The Waters has so many choices, that it would take one years of paddling to see it all.

The trip started with a paddle up the Kawishawi River, including three portages around rapids.

We had picked a perfect day, reaching sun-sparkling Lake One about 10am with a slight breeze and 70 degrees.

As we paddled around the Lake, the most obvious feature was the many small islands. Although the Lake is very popular with paddles & campers, the islands make for privacy and you paddle in and out of the many cuts & coves.
One highlight of the trip was a two mile journey up Pagami Creek, looking past the high rock the Creek drifted off into an endless shallow marsh that reminded us of Louisiana.

It was interesting to find that many of the flowers and views were so much like what we see on the bayous at home.

We had lunch at one of the six campsites on the Lake, made a swing to the East and followed the lakeshore back around to the Kawishawi. Along the way I managed to get a few cast in and caught several nice fish.
Kim led the way back to the launch, through the many interesting turns and cuts on the River.

All in all, a great relaxing way to spend the day!

A short drive back to Ely, topped off by a Cranberry's Bar & Grill hamburger found us back at Steve's just in time to enjoy a sparkling sunset on Miner's Lake. What a way to end a great paddle!