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Rustycards
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01/06/2018 09:04PM
Taking Dad again. He went 4 years ago and wants to go one more time. He will turn 82 this month. Looking at Sawbill entry and one portage into Alton. 4 years ago we did Lake one so don't want to go there again. Any other suggestions for a nice relaxing 4 hour paddle in? He is in excellent shape for an 82 year old but he is 82 so we don't want to go crazy.
 
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01/06/2018 09:17PM
Sounds perfect! Have a great time.
Bumstead
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01/06/2018 09:19PM
Don't have a recommendation, but I hope you have a great time planning and tripping with your dad. It makes me smile that he is still going after life experiences; able....and willing!
GraniteCliffs
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01/06/2018 09:27PM
My brother and I took my mom to Knife Lake when she was 85 or 86. She paddled, portaged and helped in the campsite. One of my all time favorite trips. Wrote a short article in the BWJ about it.
Savor your time wherever you go!
mjmkjun
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01/07/2018 06:56AM
such 'milestone' stuff. a short drive from Sawbill is Baker Lake entry: pack a lunch for a leisure paddle up Kelly, or even tackle 65 rods to Jack Lake, and back is a nice one in relatively shallow waters. mayhap, a moose sighting.
01/07/2018 07:10AM
We did Sawbill in 2009 for our first canoe trip after Spartan1's kidney transplant. We were looking for an easy trip, and we had a wonderful time.

The Celebration Trip


The Baker Lake suggestion is a good one, too.
WHendrix
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01/07/2018 09:12AM
If you don't mind the power boats the trip into Pipestone Bay from Fall Lake is very easy. And there is some good fishing there as well.
Grandma L
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01/07/2018 11:42AM
Any of the close-in lakes - Knife, Sea Gull, Lake One, Fall to Basswood, Moose to Birch. When we have a group where a couple of us are not as capable as the rest - we make sure there are designated "grandma" packs. I am usually the more decrepit member of the crew. They are the right size and weight for me - and those are mine to carry - the "kids" get any of the others.
bruleman
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01/07/2018 12:05PM
Rustycards: "Taking Dad again. He went 4 years ago and wants to go one more time. He will turn 82 this month. Looking at Sawbill entry and one portage into Alton. 4 years ago we did Lake one so don't want to go there again. Any other suggestions for a nice relaxing 4 hour paddle in? He is in excellent shape for an 82 year old but he is 82 so we don't want to go crazy."
I recall someone telling me about an 80+ year old guy had been offered a chance to go along on a northwoods trip, but was advised against it, due to his health. He said that he couldn't think of a better way to go, and went despite the advice. He was still around to treasure the memories of his trip.
SaganagaJoe
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01/07/2018 10:29PM
“Nice and relaxing” will depend on the weather and timing as anything else. I’ve paddled the often rough waters of Saganaga when it’s as calm as glass. The secret is to get up early and paddle before the breeze picks up.
jeepgirl
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01/08/2018 07:09AM
What about Poplar Lake to Horseshoe? Its 3 portages but easy portages. Horseshoe is a great lake for Moose. You could day trip to Vista or Caribou. Easy and fun and beautiful area.
01/08/2018 09:27AM
jeepgirl: "What about Poplar Lake to Horseshoe? Its 3 portages but easy portages. Horseshoe is a great lake for Moose. You could day trip to Vista or Caribou. Easy and fun and beautiful area."

I thought about this, too, but I think if he only wants a four-hour paddle in and one very short portage (like Sawbill to Alton), it might be more than they are bargaining for.

Another possibility would be East Bearskin to Alder, possible side trips into Pierz and Canoe. That is a nice area, and small lakes.
OldGoat
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01/09/2018 08:38AM
Sawbill is a good choice. 2 years ago a friend had torn up his knee in a skiing accident and couldn't portage. We base camped on Sawbill and had a great week. Paddle up Kelso and find the Dolemen. Do the Kelso/Alton/Sawbill loop. Paddle up to Handle lake. Lots to do, but not too athletic.

Be careful if you get on Alton -- it's big and the wind kicks it up pretty good.

Goat
unshavenman
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01/09/2018 09:52AM
I think Sawbill to Alton is a great choice. Have fun!
mjmkjun
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01/09/2018 02:34PM
WHendrix: "If you don't mind the power boats the trip into Pipestone Bay from Fall Lake is very easy. And there is some good fishing there as well. "
and, portage wheels are allowed up to Pipestone
ockycamper
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01/10/2018 05:18PM
Take him to Seagull Lake. There are lots of things to see including the Palisades. Paddle to the south end of the lake to base camp. We have had moose either walk through our camp, swim by our camp or walk near our camps every year on the south end of Seagull. I should say we also go in mid September which affect the movement of Moose.
 
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