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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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Portage99
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06/07/2020 03:11AM
 
New Trip Report posted by Portage99

Trip Name: Sawbill Loop Solo Adventure.

Entry Point: 38

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PatrickE
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06/07/2020 07:52AM
 
Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed reading the great report. I'd imagine the sense of accomplishment with your first solo behind you is a solid feeling. Hopefully one of many more.
jillpine
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06/07/2020 08:26AM
 
What a great trip and great accomplishment. Thanks for sharing it! I hope you are able to do more. When I read that you were tired but going to press to Cherokee, I thought, "uh -oh... Sitka..." :) Ada Creek can be rough going as well -- muck, rock, balance and tug!
Thank you for the photos too. Really enjoyed your report.



goatroti
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06/07/2020 08:43AM
 
Great report. Great photos.
Jaywalker
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06/07/2020 10:28AM
 
Congratulations on your first solo! Well done! Thanks for writing it up and sharing what you were going through. A fun read and great photos. I stayed on that campsite on Jack a few years ago and had a moose walk into camp (and abruptly leave) as well as a grouse that just sat and watched me eat oatmeal. And you’ll find more than a few members hear who are less than fond of that portage into Cherokee.


straighthairedcurly
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06/07/2020 11:32AM
 
Awesome!!! I had so much fun reading your trip report. I loved that you were so open about the challenges both physical and mental. It helped me feel like I know a little more about what I might experience on my first solo...3 weeks and counting.
Thank you!
Portage99
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06/07/2020 11:49AM
 
straighthairedcurly: "Awesome!!! I had so much fun reading your trip report. I loved that you were so open about the challenges both physical and mental. It helped me feel like I know a little more about what I might experience on my first solo...3 weeks and counting.
Thank you!"



I really appreciate your comment! That is why I decided to show the warts and all. “ Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to overcome it.” Or something like that. Enjoy!! I look forward to hearing your report.


Portage99
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06/07/2020 11:55AM
 
jillpine: "What a great trip and great accomplishment. Thanks for sharing it! I hope you are able to do more. When I read that you were tired but going to press to Cherokee, I thought, "uh -oh... Sitka..." :) Ada Creek can be rough going as well -- muck, rock, balance and tug!
Thank you for the photos too. Really enjoyed your report.
"



SITKA.... A name that will live in infamy. : )


Portage99
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06/07/2020 11:57AM
 
Jaywalker: "Congratulations on your first solo! Well done! Thanks for writing it up and sharing what you were going through. A fun read and great photos. I stayed on that campsite on Jack a few years ago and had a moose walk into camp (and abruptly leave) as well as a grouse that just sat and watched me eat oatmeal. And you’ll find more than a few members hear who are less than fond of that portage into Cherokee.



"



I never considered a moose, because I had heard they’re so shy. Such a cool story about the moose coming in the camp. I love snakes, and they usually take off so fast. This one stuck around for a while and actually circled me. What is it about that site? Ha ha


boonie
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06/07/2020 01:02PM
 
Enjoyed reading your report. There's anxiety and trepidation with a solo, but you gain a lot of confidence from the first when it's finished and you have a lot less worry the next time. As you become free from those worries, you'll have more "moments with the universe" when you solo. The freedom from distraction is hard to explain to others sometime. Now you are free to go when, where, how you please.


Oh, and congratulations on your "baptism by mud". It may happen again. :)
Northwoodsman
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06/07/2020 01:09PM
 
Great report. I love that area. That portage into Cherokee is brutal. I'm encouraged by your strength and stamina to just keep going... Good job!
rtallent
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06/07/2020 01:46PM
 
Nice going and great report! Who among us has not taken a mud dip? And fortunate that you had qualified medical personnel along on your solo to help with the foot issue!
Yakfish
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06/07/2020 05:23PM
 
I’ll be taking that same loop For the first time the end of August with my 16 year old son I sure do love solo trips though
Portage99
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06/07/2020 06:45PM
 
boonie: "Enjoyed reading your report. There's anxiety and trepidation with a solo, but you gain a lot of confidence from the first when it's finished and you have a lot less worry the next time. As you become free from those worries, you'll have more "moments with the universe" when you solo. The freedom from distraction is hard to explain to others sometime. Now you are free to go when, where, how you please.



Oh, and congratulations on your "baptism by mud". It may happen again. :)"



Yes, I think the first time you do anything is always the most nerve-racking. I’m looking forward to many more solos. I’ve always love to be alone in the woods. So, it’s just getting more comfortable just relying on myself. Thanks so much for your help!


fishonfishoff
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06/07/2020 07:16PM
 
Wow, good for you! After we met on the portage, I wondered if you made it to Cherokee Lake. You are one strong willed person which I could tell from our short conversation. Hopefully you decide to do another solo trip and I get to meet up with you again. Congratulations!
FISHONFISHOFF

"What's the worse that could happen?"
Portage99
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06/07/2020 08:58PM
 
fishonfishoff: "Wow, good for you! After we met on the portage, I wondered if you made it to Cherokee Lake. You are one strong willed person which I could tell from our short conversation. Hopefully you decide to do another solo trip and I get to meet up with you again. Congratulations!
FISHONFISHOFF"



Hey!! I was wondering about your progress as well. You’ll have to write a trip report or give an update. It’s interesting we were out there the same time going opposite directions. And how cool and strange to meet on the portage Trail. Good to meet you.


Blatz
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06/07/2020 10:00PM
 
Thanks for the report. That portage to Cherokee dose suck. I stayed at the same campsite on Cherokee
ducks
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06/07/2020 10:00PM
 
Huge success! Way to go!
I’m glad to hear that you had a great trip. My 1st solo was just to see if I could do it and I ended up loving to solo.
When I stayed on Jack with big duckling a few years ago there were moose all over the place. A bull and 2 different cows with calves were hanging out. One of the sets was on the little island in front of our site each morning and wandering around back by the latrine each night.
I’m so glad your trip was a success and can’t wait to read your trip report on the next next one


Great trip report and photos. Thank you for sharing

Ride EZ
CityFisher74
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06/07/2020 11:18PM
 
This was awesome thanks for writing it up. Congrats on the solo - super jealous. Always curious to read about loneliness because I know that’l be the toughest part for me. Hope the toe is better.

"The idea of wilderness needs no defense, it only needs defenders."
MHS67
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06/07/2020 11:33PM
 
That trip report was a pleasure to read! And your first solo to boot. Sounds like you had a great trip. You had weather, animals, hard portages and even an injury to deal with. How does if feel to be self sufficient? Sounds like you have confidence in your ability to get the job done. A great trait to have. Hey, no fires to deal with!!! I envy you guys that live so close to canoe country. My plan was to do my 10 solo trip this summer. Doesn't look like that will happen, at least this summer!
CoachBigD
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06/08/2020 05:01AM
 
Great report and thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed hearing what you were experiencing. With my children getting close to graduating college and beginning careers, I will either need to stop tripping or go solo. Candidly, I have some trepidation about soloing. Your story, "warts and all", with your courage, helps.

Illegitimi non carborundum
OldTripper
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06/09/2020 08:24PM
 
I also enjoyed your trip report. Sounds like a good trip too.
Thanks for sharing.
Portage99
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06/10/2020 08:01AM
 
Thank you for all the comments. I created a video with some more photos if anyone cares to check it out.


Trip Video


movington
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06/10/2020 08:34AM
 
I enjoyed reading your report. My first and, so far, only solo was this exact route, only in reverse. I also stayed at site #928 on Jack Lake. I wrote a trip report about that trip, if you're interested. Great route. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good route.
boonie
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06/10/2020 12:01PM
 
Enjoyed the slideshow.
Portage99
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06/10/2020 06:11PM
 
movington: "I enjoyed reading your report. My first and, so far, only solo was this exact route, only in reverse. I also stayed at site #928 on Jack Lake. I wrote a trip report about that trip, if you're interested. Great route. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good route. "


Great trip report. I really enjoyed reading it and playing over in my mind the same route. Sounds like you had some baptism by mud as well. It is a challenging and beautiful route. I’d like to do it again and add a Northern lake or two. Thanks for sharing!


tommygun
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07/05/2020 03:04PM
 
I really enjoyed your trip report. I regularly visit the bwca with fishonfishoff and he recommended that i check out your report. I admire your courage in doing your first solo, which i haven't attempted yet. My wife won't be very pleased with me when i go, but hope to do a solo sometime. Great story and loved the pics. Well done!
Portage99
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07/05/2020 08:45PM
 
tommygun: "I really enjoyed your trip report. I regularly visit the bwca with fishonfishoff and he recommended that i check out your report. I admire your courage in doing your first solo, which i haven't attempted yet. My wife won't be very pleased with me when i go, but hope to do a solo sometime. Great story and loved the pics. Well done!"


Thanks for reading and commenting. Nice to “meet” you. I’m really glad I did it. It seems like once you get the first one out-of-the-way, they seem easier. It was a strange feeling to just rely on me. But, I started to feel more comfortable.


Plus the confidence transfers to other areas of life. It was a great experience. I hope you are able to do one soon!

PS-This week, I finally lost both my big toenails and one little one. The new ones were already growing underneath. Fresh toenails! They look as good as can be expected. I thought I had salvaged one, but no luck.Ha ha


deerfoot
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08/01/2020 01:06PM
 
Just read your report, don’t know how I missed it earlier. Anyway what a great report with such good photos. Your comments on loneliness reminded me of the first few solo trips. While loneliness on solo trips doesn’t concern me, I am leery of meeting other travelers especially when approached at portages or campsites. Since I am so severely hard of hearing (deaf in R ear with only about 60% in L ear) and I have to travel w/o wearing my hearing devices. So I can’t wear them on the water (very expensive to replace) and often don’t use them on land since I am alone. But I find it quite startling when I suddenly realize someone is nearby. Can’t hear their approach and if I don’t notice them all of the sudden there they are.
straighthairedcurly
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08/08/2020 10:20PM
 
So I came back and read this trip report a 2nd time now that I had completed my 1st solo and I appreciated this even more. The irrational fears that can crop up when you are alone, especially when alone AND nursing an injury are powerful as I also discovered. Your description of your stubbornness to just find the portage cadence and just get it done is what I like to term "beast" mode. You feel like nothing can stop you when you get in that zone.
Thank you again.
30Smoke
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11/13/2020 02:41PM
 
Thanks for posting your report. I am just catching up on reading reports and yours made me go back and look at my report of my first solo from Snowbank lake. When you mentioned getting camp set up and feeling cold, I had the same feelings on my trip. Only difference is your trip went well, and my trip almost ruined the BWCA for me. However, I have had more trips and thanks to other members of this community helping me out, I believe I am finally able to enjoy the trip by myself, but I still yearn for companionship out there, someone to share the experience with. I have also learned, that I can enjoy solo as long as I am free for the time there. Hard to enjoy if worried about all the stuff to do at home, etc. So it has taken about three tries, but I believe I am set up for enjoying solo trips on my terms. I am happy that you were able to have the success on the first trip and the sense of being able to "do it"! Thanks for a report that brings back so many memories of my own.
Portage99
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11/13/2020 02:55PM
 
You're very welcome. Thanks for the comment. I did feel ready for this trip. However, I can't wait to keep going and learning more things about tripping and about myself.


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