Boundary Waters

Day 3 – Kawishiwi River to Boulder Lake (7 miles)

With only a half day of canoing ahead of us, we thought our weary muscles could rest. The first couple hours agreed with this assumption.  It wasn’t long before we were on Lake Adams, only one lake away from our stopping point. Casually paddling along the river gave us multiple opportunities to enjoy the pristine islands and trees. Suddenly, the lake narrowed into a swampy marsh that we refered to as “the bogg” or “the mucky muck”. Whatever the name, it brought all paddling to a halt as we tried to pry the canoe through the shallow mud. Why not just walk the canoe through it? If you could only smell the stench coming from the much, then you would understand our reluctance to leave the canoe.

The “easy” section of the bogg

Obviously, the discussion centered on navigational inaccuracies. Luckily, our GPS cleared any potential disagreements, and we trudged along. Eventually, we found the portage and crossed over to Boulder Lake. What a sight, especially after the previous “lake”. It wasn’t but 30 minutes before we reached our island to setup camp for the next 48 hours. Yes, we really did have our very own island for 3 days and 2 nights.

Island living is the life for me

That night we took to the waters again in search of dinner. Armed with a bright lure, a nice walleye bite the line on Nathan’s first cast. Sadly, just as we were about to land it, the fish had other ideas and got off the line, taking our prized lure with it. Not to be discouraged, we threw out another line with a new lure. After 4 casts, we had another strong bite. This time we had a huge smallmouth bass one the line! As Nathan brought the fish to the boat, the weight of the fish ripped the lure out of it’s mouth. Lesson: Bring a net if you want to fish!!