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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: 15
Elevation: 1184 feet
Latitude: 48.1716
Longitude: -90.8868
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ferris51
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06/26/2022 05:16PM
 
New Trip Report posted by ferris51

Trip Name: One to remember.

Entry Point: 55

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lundojam
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06/26/2022 05:43PM
 
hatchet trouble and car trouble both. Not cool.

"Life is not a beauty contest. It is a fishing contest." --me
straighthairedcurly
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06/26/2022 09:40PM
 
Oh what a bummer of a trip but a good PSA for blade safety! Never have axes or hatchets on my trips, but I did have a client on an adult trip slice their digital artery with a knife. Glad your friend gets to keep his finger. Be careful out there folks.
Freeleo1
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06/29/2022 11:31AM
 
Ow, hurts to think about. There was a pretty extensive thread about the merits and problems with hatchets in the wilderness. This sounds like a vote for against. I have gotten to debarbing hooks even in the BWCA for this reason after reading reports of people getting a barbed hook deep in their hand or finger. Too much goes into planning a trip to take the chance of having to evacuate due to a medical emergency so I can remove one more potential hazard.

"Geography is just physics slowed down, with a couple of trees stuck in it." Terry Pratchett
BnD
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07/06/2022 12:26PM
 
Sorry about your shortened trip. Lesson learned I hope.
Pinetree
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07/09/2022 07:34PM
 
Freeleo1: "Ow, hurts to think about. There was a pretty extensive thread about the merits and problems with hatchets in the wilderness. This sounds like a vote for against. I have gotten to debarbing hooks even in the BWCA for this reason after reading reports of people getting a barbed hook deep in their hand or finger. Too much goes into planning a trip to take the chance of having to evacuate due to a medical emergency so I can remove one more potential hazard."


debarbing is a good idea. One from Ferne Lake north of Isabella Lake my nephew got hooked by his eyebrow. We attempted to remove it, but he passed out. We cut all the extra hooks out. Paddled out went to the ELY hospital got the hooks removed and paddled back in again.
Many doctors keep collections on their wall of all the hooks they have removed. quite common.


In the summer I just don't see why you need a hatchet, winter camping is different.
Pinetree
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07/09/2022 07:41PM
 
How did the finger turn out? Another reason to bring a first aid and pain pills.
GeneH
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07/11/2022 10:35AM
 
Really (really!) sorry to hear about you trip partner's injury. Secondly, bummer having your trip cut short. (no pun intended. sorry 'bout that.)


Thank you for the trip report; it's actually a good PSA.


Your friend's injury reinforces my decision on the few excursions to leave the hatchet at home. No swinging sharp things. I use a saw, thick knife, and leather gloves now. Fishing hook barbs are on the list for the upcoming trip. If I lose fish because of that, no biggie. I release all but what I want for dinner anyway, even here at home. Also have to remember a bit of antibiotic because even a small puncture from Pike teeth is prone to infection pretty fast.

Time in the woods leaves no time for carving and drawing. Carving and drawing leaves no time for getting lost in the woods. I really need to retire.
Pinetree
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07/11/2022 11:12AM
 
GeneH: "Really (really!) sorry to hear about you trip partner's injury. Secondly, bummer having your trip cut short. (no pun intended. sorry 'bout that.)



Thank you for the trip report; it's actually a good PSA.



Your friend's injury reinforces my decision on the few excursions to leave the hatchet at home. No swinging sharp things. I use a saw, thick knife, and leather gloves now. Fishing hook barbs are on the list for the upcoming trip. If I lose fish because of that, no biggie. I release all but what I want for dinner anyway, even here at home. Also have to remember a bit of antibiotic because even a small puncture from Pike teeth is prone to infection pretty fast."



After I went barbless I lost very few fish, just have to keep the line tight.
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