Entry Point 77 - South Hegman Lake
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Entry Point: South Hegman Lake #77 Last Visited: April 29, 2016
Maps: Fisher F-9; McKenzie #11 Daily Quota: 1
Fire History:
Nearest Ranger Station: Kawishiwi Ranger Station in Ely
Portage Length from Parking Lot: 86 rods Restroom at Entry Point: Yes (outdoor biffy only)

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Entry Point 77 - South Hegman Lake

Kawishiwi Ranger District

This is the first BWCA entry point along the Echo Trail when you come from Ely. The sign for this entry point is not too long after the Echo Trail goes from a paved surface to a dirt road. The parking lot is rather small, but adequate since the quota is only one permit per day.

The most popular reason for using this entry point is to have a relatively easy paddle and portage trip out to the North Hegman Lake pictographs. The pictographs and the cliff that they are drawn on are both very interesting and beautiful, but both of the Hegman Lakes are also quite pretty in general. You can also take a relatively long portage over to Little Bass Lake. Hopkins Lake and Holy Lake may be accessible from Little Bass Lake, but will require some work to reach.

If you plan to use the South Hegman Lake entry point as a way to avoid the 716 rod Angleworm Lake portage/trail, you may want to rethink that strategy. If you haven't ever seen the North Hegman Lake pictographs and your party has an interest in doing so, then by all means enter here. However, if you are just planning to paddle through and on up to Angleworm Lake, the Angleworm Lake portage is an easier route. The Trease Lake to Angleworm Lake Trail portage is a 428 rod rugged, deadfall covered, swampy, rocky, buggy, hilly and overgrown path. After you finish the Trease Lake to Angleworm Lake Trail portage, you still have to complete the remainder of the Angleworm Lake portage. So you don't save much distance, have to do a lot of extra paddling and two other easy portages. Also, the Angleworm Lake entry point always seems to have permits available for last minute folks.

Exploring the Entry Point


The sign along the Echo Trail for Hegman Lake. This is the first entry point coming from Ely along the Echo Trail.



View of the parking lot. Bulletin board is in the distance. The portage of 86 rods down to South Hegman Lake (downhill) is just right of the bulletin board.



The ubiquitous bulletin board found at every BWCA entry point. The portage starts just to the right of this sign.



This is the way to the lake. It is 86 rods, but all downhill. Of course, it is uphill on the way out.



Taking a quick walk around the BWCA Entry Point 77 - South Hegman Lake parking lot area.



South Hegman Lake looking to the east/northeast. You would paddle left around that point in the center of your view if heading up toward North Hegman Lake.

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