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September 25 2017

Entry Point 55 - Saganaga Lake

Saganaga Lake entry point allows overnight paddle or motor (25 HP max). This entry point is supported by Gunflint Ranger Station near the city of Grand Marais, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 55 miles. No motors (use or possession) west of American Point. Access to Canada (the Crown land and Quetico Park). Large lake with many campsites and easy access. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 17
Elevation: 1184 feet
Latitude: 48.1716
Longitude: -90.8868
Saganaga Lake - 55

March 29, 2010

Route - Hanson or Cherry lake base camp

We took a tow out to American point to avoid about 8 miles of paddling in a large open motorized body of water. From American point we continued along the Canadian border into Swamp - ottertrack - Ester and paddle into Hansen. The only difficult portage is from ottertrack to ester. You can continue on to Cherry but the portage is very difficult. This makes a nice daytrip from Hansen to view the cliffs on cherry. Other daytrip ideas into Gift - link and fish lakes for some northern fishing, into the south arm of Knife which will take you past Hanson falls, into Clam and Canoe lakes if you like to explore small lakes off the beaten path.

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