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Hoist/Wind Bay area on Labor Day

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Question for you Basswood regulars. A group of friends are heading out of wood lake entry point on the friday before labor day. Most of them are wanting to stay at some of the smaller lakes to the south of basswood and i am wanting to push further. My big concern is that hoist bay/wind bay will be busy with boats due to the truck portage to the east. Is there need for concern (obviously we are using canoes). There are a couple of smaller lakes to the south east of basswood that i will day trip to, but if there is a chance for some peace and quiet and a campsite in this area(and some excellent fishing) on the big water, i am game for that. any information on this area this time of year is greatly appreciated.

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OK, i meant to say the truck portage to the west. I am not looking for hot spots, just looking for anybody with experience on how bad the "traffic" usually is on this end of the lake. Will be traveling by canoe.....any input is appreciated..


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Longcaster - You won't have any problems with the motor boats or traffic on this side (east) of Basswood. It's some big water and the few boats that you will see will give you your distance. It always blows me away how a person can't get a motor permit over there because they are filled up, but yet anytime I'm there (twice a year for 5 days at a time) I hardly ever see any other boats. Go for it, but watch the weather. Winds over there can make canoe travel difficult at best.

Good luck and have a safe trip.

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Leaky, thanks.....i'm guessing they call it "wind bay" for a reason. It is unreal how quick the weather can change up there....not my first time on basswood, but first time to that area..will post how we do

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