Long Lake in Iron County was the terminus of the famed 42-mile-long Flambeau Trail, a portage that began from the outlet of the Montreal River at Lake Superior. Native Americans and French fur traders made this portage, then paddled from Long Lake though Long Lake Creek and into Echo Lake. They then did a very short portage into Grand Portage Lake, now called Tank Lake by many, and into Mercer Lake, where they then portaged into the Manitowish River.
We’ll paddle from the outlet of Long lake at Long Lake Creek and eventually pull-out at the Echo Lake boat landing. We’ll be led by local historian Jim Bokern who arguably knows more about the regional Native American and Fur Trade routes than anyone.
Come with a lunch, your own boat/paddle/pfd, rain gear and bug dope prepared for a slow, lengthy, and beautiful paddle steeped in centuries of history.
Please wear a mask at the boat landing until everyone is on the creek, and then we’ll use masks every time we gather as a group at a spot to listen to Jim’s take on the history of this route.
Directions: Meet at the boat landing on Cty. G at the southern end of Long Lake. We will immediately and quickly shuttle vehicles, so we can be on the water as soon as possible. This trip is limited to 8 canoes or kayaks, so sign up ASAP via the Iron County Silent Sports Meetup page.
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