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Entry Point 47 - Lizz & Swamp Lakes

Lizz and Swamp Lakes entry point allows overnight paddle only. 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 34 miles. Access from Poplar Lake by 51-rod portage to Lizz Lake and 100-rod portage into Swamp Lake only. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 3
Elevation: 1864 feet
Latitude: 48.0420
Longitude: -90.4998
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TreeBear
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05/17/2023 10:44AM
 
New Trip Report posted by TreeBear

Trip Name: Making the Most of No Available Permits.

Entry Point: 49

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MikeinMpls
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05/17/2023 11:23AM
 
This is a fantastic trip report, Treebear. I am very impressed by both the amount ground you covered AND the way you took it all in and appreciated the beauty of the area. It was a treat to read.


Thanks!


Mike

I did indeed rock down to Electric Avenue, but I did not take it higher. I regret that.
sedges
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05/17/2023 01:18PM
 
I love the long day trip challenge


I have often considered a solstice run from Cross Bay Access through to Sawbill on a day permit. With a reserved site at Sawbill you could spend the night and travel back the next day and avoid an expensive shuttle. You could rent a tent and bag from the outfitter if you didn't want to carry one.
andym
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05/17/2023 05:13PM
 
What a great day. One of our favorite days in the BW was a long day trip from camp (so not quite the same). But it is amazing how much enjoyment can be gotten in a single day.
TuscaroraBorealis
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05/17/2023 09:42PM
 
Now that was a DAY trip!!! :)


Per usual, great writeup & I thought the sunset/stars picture was really cool. Thanks for taking the time to put this together and share.
YetiJedi
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05/17/2023 10:14PM
 
Impressive trip! Thank you for an excellent write-up. I also appreciated the starry sky photo.
jsmithxc
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06/13/2023 11:29AM
 
Some of my favorite days in the BWCA have been long day trips. The nearest EPs are about 4 hours from my home. I drive up the night before and take a day permit and go light and the single trips portages go fast. Great way to spend the day. So many possibilities. One of my favorites is Sawbill to Cherokee back through the Temperances, Kelly and back to Sawbill. I always bring an emergency bivy sack, mostly for bug protection if I need to spend the night out in an emergency if necessary. Never have used it. Have paddled at night to get out in non-emergency situations. I have always wondered if I paddle all night and never camp how long does my day permit work?
TreeBear
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06/13/2023 03:40PM
 
jsmithxc: "Some of my favorite days in the BWCA have been long day trips. The nearest EPs are about 4 hours from my home. I drive up the night before and take a day permit and go light and the single trips portages go fast. Great way to spend the day. So many possibilities. One of my favorites is Sawbill to Cherokee back through the Temperances, Kelly and back to Sawbill. I always bring an emergency bivy sack, mostly for bug protection if I need to spend the night out in an emergency if necessary. Never have used it. Have paddled at night to get out in non-emergency situations. I have always wondered if I paddle all night and never camp how long does my day permit work?"


Very cool! And I have wondered the same on some of those permit technicalities. Is a self-issued permit the last day of April technically still good till you exit? Is a day permit good for a set time like 24 hours or until midnight or is it good so long as you don't camp? And then there's the "only" permits. Is a LLC only permit good for instance so long as you don't stop to camp? Just funny stuff to think on.
straighthairedcurly
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09/29/2023 10:33PM
 
jsmithxc: "Some of my favorite days in the BWCA have been long day trips. The nearest EPs are about 4 hours from my home. I drive up the night before and take a day permit and go light and the single trips portages go fast. Great way to spend the day. So many possibilities. One of my favorites is Sawbill to Cherokee back through the Temperances, Kelly and back to Sawbill. I always bring an emergency bivy sack, mostly for bug protection if I need to spend the night out in an emergency if necessary. Never have used it. Have paddled at night to get out in non-emergency situations. I have always wondered if I paddle all night and never camp how long does my day permit work?"
Day permits are valid until the end of the day which is considered midnight, at which point you need to have exited the BWCA. This includes leaving before you then enter on an overnight permit.


Great trip report! Quite a day you had!
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