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Michigan - Minnesota - Ontario Tri-point

Coordinates (NAD27) N0000'0.0" W0000'0.0"
UTM Coordinates (NAD27) 16U 314805 5320608
UTM Coordinates (WGS84)
Elevation 0 feet (0.0 meters)

Description

This point is about one kilometer offshore in Lake Superior from the tip of Pigeon Point in Minnesota (the eastermost point in Minnesota). We used an inflatable kayak for this point. Winds were from the east, which is unusual and fortunate. The normal northwest wind would have made it difficult to return.

We put in the kayak at a boat ramp about a quarter mile southeast of the US Port of Entry on Minnesota Highway 61 near Grand Portage. This is the mouth of the Pigeon River and is well sheltered from wind and waves for about a mile, until it opens into Pigeon Bay. Here the waves were one to two feet. We continued east along the massive rock cliffs along the southern edge of the bay. Near the end of Pigeon Bay we were exposed to the lake and waves were running about 2 feet until the wind picked up. we had originally intended to visit Pigeon Point first and then attempt the tri-point but we decided to reverse the order in case the weather deteriorated further, which it did. As we approached the tri-point, the wind increased quite a bit, producing 3-4 foot waves and some whitecaps. Our rudder took this opportunity to lose a fastening screw and partially detach from the boat. We reached the "zero point" according to the GPS, took a few photos, and then limped to Pigeon Point (see Minnesota - East). We were able to temporarily repair the rudder. The return trip (about 5-6 miles) was much faster because we could surf some of the waves and we discovered a strong current running along the cliffs. Total trip time was about four hours.


Photos (click to enlarge)

If you could read this GPS you would see that we are a few feet from the tri-point.
Photo by Brian J. Butler
Gregg in the front of the kayak at or near the tri-point.
Photo by Brian J. Butler
Pigeon Point, Minnesota viewed from the tri-point.
Photo by Brian J. Butler
Ontario viewed from the tri-point.
Photo by Brian J. Butler
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