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I've never been from Fall to Basswood lake. Can anyone tell me what the long portage to Hoist Bay is now?

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The portage from Fall Lake to Hoist Bay on Basswood is called the Four Mile Portage, but it is no longer legal to use. I don't know if it is passable anymore due to the beaver. You will have to portage from Fall Lake to Newton (about 90 rods)then Newton into Pipestone Bay on Basswood. Go down BW Lake until just before Lewis Narrows, hang a right, then portage into Back Bay and continue into Hoist Bay. Other option, Moose, Newfound, Sucker Lakes, over Prarie Portage, then motor down to Hoist Bay. Hope this helps.

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RatherB, the portage from Fall to Basswood (Four Mile Portage) is still there & is certainly legal to use. However, the Forest Service no longer maintains the portage. Most of it is wide & smooth & easy, but there is a beaver that has decided to incorporate about 100 yards of the portage into his pond. The water doesn't get more than knee deep, & the old portage-bed is solid, no sinking in the muck. The beavers have also decided to build a second, small dam right across the path which you'll get muddy getting across.

You can use portage wheels on Four Mile. We stopped at Ella Hall lake, so I have no idea what kind of shape the portage is in the last couple of miles up to Hoist Bay.

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