The Final Route
We've officially finalized our route. After a little reconnaissance, some good advice, and a bit of math we've decided to start at Trail's End and end at the Birch Lake Campground outside of Ely, MN. You can see the new route, divided by day, swim miles and paddle miles here. This new route requires us to exit the BWCA at Fall Lake and Re-enter the same day at Farm Lake. This new maneuver adds both mileage and time to the total trip, but allows us to avoid portaging around the Kawishiwi River rapids, and lets us finish the trip flowing with the current of the Kawishiwi River rather than fighting it. The additional mileage and time also allows us to hit our swim mileage goal with more flexibility throughout the rest of the trip.