canoe flotilla

Canoe Flotilla to Lac La Croix Pow Wow

Join us for our second visit!  Friday August 23 to Sunday August 25 2019 from Little Indian Sioux trailhead to Lac La Croix Village and return.
Dust off your dancing moccasins! Our 2016 visit was a big hit! Now the Lac La Croix First Nation has invited us back for their 2019 celebration. Years ago, when a few of us canoed from Ely to their Pow Wow, the Ojibway elders reminisced about the “good old days” when flotillas of canoes would arrive each summer from Ely for the festivities. Join us as we resurrect that tradition! Enjoy drum dancing, native ceremonies, games and fine food (including a walleye feast!)

Here’s the plan:

  • At 7 am Friday, August 23, we’ll meet at Ely Chamber of Commerce (East end of town) to carpool to Little Indian Sioux trailhead.
  • We’ll paddle Pawness Lakes and portage the scenic Devil’s Cascade to reach Loon Lake and the historic Beatty railway portage (in about 5 hours).
  • From there we’ll be shuttled 10 miles by Zup’s Resort motor launch to a camping island near Ontario’s Campbell’s Resort.
  • On Saturday morning, we’ll continue our 1-hour paddle to reach the Lac La Croix Ojibwe village. The nearby Pow Wow grounds has tent sites, bathrooms, campfire cooking & a sand beach invites a refreshing swim.
  • Pow Wow fun ramps up all day Saturday. It culminates with afternoon games, an evening feast, and competitive drum dancing into the night.
  • Sunday morning includes a breakfast buffet in the village school and native ceremonies in the round house.
  • On midday Sunday, Zup’s Resort will provide a motorboat shuttle back to Loon Lake (discounted fee $20/person each way) so we can paddle back to Little Indian Sioux trailhead by late Sunday afternoon.

What’s needed: Your own canoe, camp gear and trail food (concession food is sold at the Pow Wow). RABC permits are required for Canada entry by canoe (call Paul for info 365-6022). Crown land camp permits will be provided by Zup’s.

The Pow Wow has no cost but we suggest a $50 contribution to Ely Folk School for organizing the event. We will give half of that to the village for hosting our visit and group meals.

NOTE: The paddle route avoids big water but includes an island-hopping crossing of the Lac La Croix  narrows at “41 Island.” If windy, we’ll group up for safety.

Interested? Call Paul, 218-365-6022. Participants are responsible for their own outfitting and wilderness travel logistics and will be asked to sign a risk acknowledgement and liability waiver. Ely Folk School cannot be held responsible for any health and safety considerations. If you prefer driving to Lac La Croix Village, it’s about five hours from Ely and we may have a carpool.

NOTE: The start of this canoe trip was changed from Thursday to Friday so folks can attend the 6 pm Thur Aug 22 performance of the renowned “Nature Play” in Ely. Get Nature play tickets here.

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