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The Cedar Tree

There are a number of natural wonders that enhance any trip in canoe country: waterfalls, wildlife and the aurora borealis to name a few.  On Basswood Lake, near Prairie Portage, stands a natural wonder many people pass by, never knowing it exists.  At the end of a shallow bay, near the water’s edge, stands a cedar tree that sprouted more than a millennium ago.  Estimated to be around 1,100 years old this Eastern White Cedar (also known as Northern White Cedar or swamp-cedar) is definitely worth a visit, perhaps on the way home from your next Basswood fishing trip. Speaking of...our guides report great bass fishing and lots of walleye when the wind provides that “walleye chop.”

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