"The Toll Takers"

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"When traversing Lake of the Woods, canoe brigades often used the (present named) Basil Channel, to avoid the rough waters generated by north and west winds blowing over larger expanses of the lake. The northern portion of Basil Channel narrows in the vicinity of a prominent ridge of pink granite, a distinctive landmark named by the voyageurs, Roche Rouge."

"Canoe brigades approaching Roche Rouge from the south could be seen at a great distance by the local Indians, who commonly intercepted the canoes loaded with trade goods and demanded toll, to permit passage through their territory."