how do i find portage-only areas?
Posted by: potzer on Jun-16-14 1:30 PM (EST) Category: Destinations
It is my experience that, at least in my neck of the woods (WI), if you can only get there by portaging, almost no one has been there in years, which is really appealing. Is there a resource on the internet for finding such places? My state DNR website has a listing of places that HAVE boat landings... I guess i am looking for the opposite.
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- how do i find portage-only areas? - potzer - Jun-16-14 1:30 PM
Maps and Air Photos|
Posted by: Guideboatguy on Jun-17-14 11:24 AM (EST)
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I'm addicted to maps and online air photos. I even loved maps when I was a kid. I don't know what region of the state you are checking, but your choices will vary a lot depending where you go.
Between your listing of public access points and your perusal of maps and air photos, you can probably figure out which lakes have no public access. However, except on National Forest or State Forest land, you now have to figure out how to get permission to walk in. That's probably easier said than done, and actually finding landowners who will give you permission might be even harder.
On much of the National Forest land, as you already know if you've been doing any walking or investigating there, getting from Point A to Point B can be no easy matter without trails or roads, because so much of the north woods is full of bogs and swampy creeks. In fact, many of the isolated lakes ARE bog lakes. Chances are you can find some nice lakes here and there that can be walked to, but keep in mind that a lot of the little lakes with boat landings on National Forest land get very little use, and these might be a nice compromise between the kinds of places you ideally want to find and the kinds of places you really want to avoid.
Actually, there's another category of land to consider, other than state and national forests - public hunting land. I know of one, perhaps two lakes on public hunting land near my home, one of which I have portaged to before.
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Posted by: potzer on Jun-17-14 1:15 PM (EST)
excellent, thank you!
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