South Kawishiwi River
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Nearest Entry Point: South Kawishiwi River #32 Fishing: Northern Pike, Walleye
Maps: Fisher F-4; McKenzie #18 River Depth: Over 50 feet (just west of Bruin Lake), but less than 60 feet
Fire History:
River Length: The section in the BWCA is just over 8 miles long. It is about 6 more miles to the mouth of the river at Birch Lake. The river extending north from Birch Lake to White Iron Lake is usually called the Birch River, not the South Kawishiwi River so that section is not included in length measurements.
Campsites: 20 Wildlife Seen on Visit: None
Last Visited: August 5, 2016 River Elevation: At its upstream terminus at the Kawishiwi River, the elevation is about 1440 feet. Where the river exits the BWCA, the elevation is about 1400 feet.
Water Clarity: N/A Routes from South Kawishiwi River:
To Astray Lake: Bushwhack of about 60 rods
To Bruin Lake: Walk the 15 rod portage
To BWCA Entry Point 32: Walk the 147 rod portage
To Clear Lake: Walk the 70 rod portage
To Eskwagama Lake: Walk the 85 rod portage
To Kawishiwi River: Walk the 15 rod portage
To Little Gabbro Lake: Walk the 122 rod portage

South Kawishiwi River

Kawishiwi Ranger District

The "river full of beavers' houses" as it is known in Objibwe splits into two main channels just about a mile due south of Triangle Lake and about 3/4 mile downstream of BWCA Entry Point 29 - North Kawishiwi River.

This web page will cover the portion of the Kawishiwi River, known as the South Kawishiwi River, from the point where it splits just downstream of BWCA Entry Point 29 to BWCA Entry Point 32 - South Kawishiwi River. A few hundred feet downstream of BWCA Entry Point 32 the river enters some rapids and this is also where the South Kawishiwi River leaves the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The length of this entire section is a bit over 8 miles in length.

There are also two short portages along the stretch of the South Kawishiwi River that is within the BWCA.

Paddling the South Kawishiwi River

South Kawishiwi River in the BWCA
The South Kawishiwi River from the BWCA Entry Point 32 portage. From here would would head to your right. Heading left (downstream) soon takes you to some rapids and also out of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

South Kawishiwi River in the BWCA
View from the 122 rod portage that leads to Little Gabbro Lake. This location puts you in about the middle of the section of the South Kawishiwi River that is within the BWCA. Heading left will take you over to the other channel where Dam Number Two is on the northwest arm of Little Gabbro Lake. Heading straight ahead into the far distance takes you up to the main part of the river. The portage landing here is really in sort of a back bay of the river.

View of the South Kawishiwi River from the portage landing.

Route Connections for South Kawishiwi River

From the South Kawishiwi River, you can portage into Bruin Lake, Clear Lake, Eskwagama Lake, Little Gabbro Lake and even into the Kawishiwi River. You can also bushwhack out to Astray Lake. Finally, you can leave the BWCA by portaging to BWCA Entry Point 32.

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