BWCA Entry Point 86 - Powwow Trail
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Entry Point: Powwow Trail #86 Last Visited: July 10, 2016
Maps: Fisher F-4; McKenzie #19 Daily Quota: No limit
Fire History: 2011
Nearest Ranger Station: Tofte Ranger Station, Tofte, MN along Hwy. 61 on the North Shore
Portage Length from Parking Lot: N/A Restroom at Entry Point: Yes.

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BWCA Entry Point 86 - Powwow Trail

Tofte Ranger District

The Powwow Trail sustained severe damage from the 2011 Pagami Creek Fire. It is no where near recovered (as of 2016). In fact, even from the entry point, it is hard to find the start of the trail.

This entry point is found just under a mile past the Island River entry point. You will know you are close when you cross the old wooden bridge. The Powwow Trail entry point parking lot is also shared by BWCA Entry Point 35 - Isabella Lake.

Access to the entry point for the Powwow Trail is usually from the town of Isabella, Minnesota. Take Minnesota Highway 1 and head to the town of Isabella if coming from the North Shore (Lake Superior). Once in Isabella, just head out of town on Forest Road 912. There are many signs along these gravel forest roads that show the mileage and direction to the many BWCA entry points in the area. The signs are posted at almost every intersection. You will want to follow the signs leading to Isabella Lake, as the Powwow Trail is not mentioned on the signs.

Before you reach the Island River bridge crossing, you will enter the 2011 Pagami Fire burn area. It stretches for many miles. The Powwow Trail entry point wasn't spared by the fire either.


Exploring the Entry Point

Powwow Trail in the BWCA
Signage indicates this parking lot is used for both BWCA Entry Point 35 - Isabella Lake and BWCA Entry Point 86 - Powwow Trail. Parking lot is mostly empty nowadays though, as the fire charred landscape keeps many folks away.


Powwow Trail in the BWCA
The is the slightly toasted bulletin board for the Powwow Trail hikers.


Powwow Trail in the BWCA
The sign explains the historical significance of this area. The town has been gone for about half a century. To the left of the sign is the Isabella Lake entry point and the start of the 70 rod portage that leads down to the lake shore.


Powwow Trail in the BWCA
A wider view of the parking lot. This is obviously the privy. The bulletin board for the Powwow Trail is in the distance. The main part of the parking lot is right behind you. The Powwow Trail "probably" starts just to the right of that bulletin board, but hard to see it.


Powwow Trail in the BWCA
This seems to be the start of the Powwow Trail. You had better have some serious wilderness navigation skills if you intend to try hiking this trail.

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