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Entry Point 38 - Sawbill Lake

Sawbill Lake entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Tofte Ranger Station near the city of Tofte, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 25 miles. Access is a boat landing at Sawbill Lake. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 14
Elevation: 1802 feet
Latitude: 47.8699
Longitude: -90.8858
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tashit
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02/01/2019 02:45PM
 
New Trip Report posted by tashit

Trip Name: 3 Night Cherokee-Temperance Loop.

Entry Point: 38

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boonie
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02/01/2019 06:20PM
 
Thanks for the report. We're planning the same trip this year, opposite direction though. Good to hear some recent info on it.
tashit
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02/01/2019 09:58PM
 
It was from 2016 if you didn't see that part. ;-) I had mostly written it shortly after but finally got around to editing it and getting pictures together recently.


It was a fantastic trip though. Ideally we would have had 4 nights, although it wouldn't have been so bad if we didn't go to South Temperance and then back to North.


How many nights are you planning?
boonie
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02/01/2019 10:24PM
 
We'll have 6 nights, so plenty of time even though double portaging. We'll be going in Baker Lake entry. Yeah, I forgot it from 2016, but still good info.
mjmkjun
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02/03/2019 03:30AM
 
Enjoyed the report. I love Cherokee and have done the loop 3 times. Back then the Ada-Skoop portage was a paddle thru most of the way. I hope those beavers get industrious someday and make it easier again. Counterclockwise loop from Sawbill was the best routing, I agree. The Brunt-Kelly portage is the one that weaned me from overpacking ever again as I worked up quite a thirst after double portages. Fond memories.

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Sir Isaac Newton
boonie
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02/03/2019 07:37AM
 
Thanks for the warning on Burnt-Kelly. I've lightened up considerably over the years as I have tended to pay more attention to where I wanted to go than the portages, but I'm not as young as I used to be.
mjmkjun
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02/03/2019 01:09PM
 
boonie: "Thanks for the warning on Burnt-Kelly. I've lightened up considerably over the years as I have tended to pay more attention to where I wanted to go than the portages, but I'm not as young as I used to be. "
Boonie, don't know how far you'll travel on 1st day out of Baker EP but if you end up at site 904 on North Temperance Lake you'll want a piece of tarp (tyvek?) to hang in front of the bivy. It's in plain sight of the firegrate area (no undergrowth). A few small trees at bivy strong enough to secure a tarp. Have a memorable trip.

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Sir Isaac Newton
boonie
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02/03/2019 06:11PM
 
Thanks for the info. I'm not sure where we'll end up since w should have plenty of time. We'll probably try to lay over for at least a day on Cherokee.
Driftless
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02/05/2019 10:42AM
 
Great trip, thanks for sharing!
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