BWCA Entry Point 47: Minnesota’s Beautiful Finger Lakes

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The Boundary Waters Canoe Area holds a myriad of wilderness experiences for adventurous types. I’m always looking for adventure and for something new to try, so it’s usually a good fit. BWCA Entry Point 47, at Lizz and Swamp Lakes, was the site of my latest solo paddling adventure. 

My trip to Gillis Lake in 2020 burned me up—with both hotter-than-normal conditions and frequent portages. It laid waste to my body. That is what led me to go this year to what I think of as “Minnesota’s Finger Lakes.” 

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Tullibees on Big Sandy Lake

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To me, there might not be a more compelling fish to pursue through the ice than the tullibee (Coregonus artedi). That’s why I recently took two days to go to Big Sandy Lake, in Aitkin County. Word on the street was that things are good there lately. So, I expected a quick vacation of ice fishing for tullibees. What I got was more like work, with a little schooling thrown in. 

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