Trout Lake – Entry Point 1

BWCAW Driving Directions

There are two common launches to access the Trout Lake entry point. Both require paddling across Lake Vermilion (outside BWCAW) to access the portage to Trout Lake and start of the BWCAW. If you don’t mind driving further, the Mocassin Point option cuts your time paddling on Lake Vermilion in half (from 7 miles to 3.5 miles).

1. Access via Mocassin Point.
Driving distance: 38 miles (51 minutes)
Notes: Paddle across Lake Vermilion (outside BWCAW) to access portage to Trout Lake and start of the BWCAW.

Start at Ely Outfitting Company.
Drive west on Hwy 169 for 26 miles. You will drive through the town of Tower.
Turn right onto Hwy 77.
Go 10 miles.
Turn left onto Moccasin Point Rd.
Go 2 miles
Arrive at Mocassin Point State Water Access and parking lot.
3.5 mile paddle to portage to Trout Lake and start of BWCAW.

2. Access via Mud Creek Road
Driving distance: 20 miles (34 minutes)
Notes: Paddle across Lake Vermilion (outside BWCAW) to access portage to Trout Lake and start of the BWCAW.

Start at Ely Outfitting Company.
Drive west on Hwy 169 for 12.2 miles. .
Turn right onto Mud Creek Road.
Go 7.8 miles.
Parking lot and public boat launch is on your left.
7 mile paddle to portage to Trout Lake and start of BWCAW.

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