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wsmac
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Post Number: 7
Registered: 08-2010
Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 10:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Question for the experieneced trippers out there. How many days is it to go from McConnell Bay beach sites to Kettle Falls?
And how arduous are portages?
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brian
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Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 9:07 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

If you are singling across the portages, one day. None of the portages are arduous. Maybe the hardest is Button to Dougherty.
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wsmac
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Post Number: 8
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Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 12:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

We have done that portage in the fall. Some of that one is arduous :-). We had a perfect fall weekend last year and the colours were at their height making portaging
so much more enjoyable.
We always double carry our gear, not because we have so much or are the weak, just allows a contrast from paddling and an opportunity to take in the gorgeous scenery!
So still one day eh? Hmmm sounds like that is our next area of discovery...
Thanks for your input Brian.
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brian
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Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016 - 9:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Not sure if it would still be a day for you then.
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fireman
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Post Number: 219
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Posted on Monday, October 31, 2016 - 11:47 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

I would think that first you must choose your route. If you go the backdoor route, it is a bit of work, but still achievable in a good day of effort. the other way, over the Stouffer portage and upstream is much more straightforward, I suppose. but I have always found those portages a bit "thorny". probably just getting in and out of the boat so many times.
and again. Kettle Falls upstream, or Kettle Falls downstream? that one goat path alone can take your breath away...in a bad way. good luck.
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grncnu
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Posted on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 11:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

True about up or downsteam on the Sturgeon- the closet campsites are up that portage!
We only did the backdoor once and it was a few years back, but it was hard to follow- hopefully it's much better now.
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brian
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Post Number: 1796
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Posted on Friday, November 4, 2016 - 9:12 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

It is in great shape. I was impressed by how much traffic has been through there making the treadway obvious.
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wsmac
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Posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 7:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

As far as route is concerned I guess we only considered the backdrop route opting to stay away from current.
And we were thinking like 2 days there stay overnight and 2 back.
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fireman
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Post Number: 220
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Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 8:03 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

You would not find camping along the Back Door route that easy. But hanging out at Kettle Falls for an extra night is great if you fish or just want to chill out. It is a very beautiful place. the portage trail upstream is a steep climb, but if you are not bringing your boat over, it is a great walk. enjoy.

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