Alder Lake Base-Camping Trip
Difficulty Levels: Easy-Moderate
Route Times: 3-5 Days
Lakes: East Bearskin, Alder, Canoe
Entry Points: #64 East Bearskin Lake
Route Highlights: Excellent year round fishing for walleye, northern pike and trout, Access to Johnson Falls, great campsites
Base-camping on either Alder or Canoe Lakes will offer you plenty of fishing and hiking opportunities throughout your trip. Though the paddle is a little bit longer than some of the other base-camp trips and there is one short portage into Alder Lake it will give paddlers more of a feeling of accomplishment and more “secluded” feel. Another short portage can be used to access Canoe Lake if need be. The camp site options on Alder and Canoe Lakes are better than average and while the fishing on Canoe is nothing to write home about, Alders lake trout, walleye, northern pike and smallmouth bass opportunities more than make up for it. A trip to this area is not complete without a visit and swim in Johnson Falls. The portage from Canoe and Pine Lakes can be used to access Johnson Falls, and without canoes or gear makes for a pleasant hike. Crystal and Pierz Lakes offer even more fishing opportunities with decent lake trout numbers, especially in the spring. Alder can sometimes feel “crowded” in the heat of the summer and if you are looking for a more secluded experience a portage into either Crystal or Pierz is the best option.