Will be making my first trip to the BWCA in mid-July. Entering at PT.#58 South Lake via Gunflint Lake. I plan to follow the border lakes to North Fowl Lake and return thru John Lake - East Pike - West Pike and Clearwater Lake. I’ll have 8 full paddling days. I like long paddling days with great scenery. I selected my route from reading Robert Beymer’s book. Can anyone familiar with this area help with the following question or just offer general advise?
- What is the water level and current typical like on the Royal river in mid-July?
- Are East Pike and West Pike more scenic than Pine Lake? I like high cliffs and rock formations.
- Any great campsites or interesting side trips recommended?
- Where is a good place to stay the night before the trip? Near Gunflint Lake.