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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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Mad_Angler
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06/08/2009 06:13PM
 
New Trip Report posted by Mad_Angler

Trip Name: An introductory trip for Dad.

Entry Point: 55

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Fish where the fish are...
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Mad_Angler
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06/08/2009 06:14PM
 
Summary:
It was a great introductory trip for my dad. I think he got to see much of the BW without having to do a lot of backbreaking work. The double tow really made the trip possible. We never really portaged all our gear. We just portaged when going on day trips.

The weather was perfect. Memorial Day is pretty early and you never know what to expect. We had sunny days with highs in the upper 60’s. Pretty nice for mid May. Also, we didn’t have hardly any bugs. We had about 10 minutes of mosquitoes and only found 3 ticks.

Seagull Outfitters did a nice job. Deb and her crew were very nice, professional, and helpful. Deb runs a tight ship…

The fishing was good. Looking back, we could have had more luck if we fished Alpine harder. We also would have done better for smallies if we had spent more time in warmer back bays.

The fire damage was interesting and I’m very glad that I saw it. The vast expanse of the damge and the degree to which things were burned was amazing. But I don’t know if I would want to camp in the heart of the burn area in the middle of the summer.


Fish where the fish are...
kanoes
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06/08/2009 06:21PM
 
nice report! it sounds like the trip was the same. did you and dad start planning #2 on the drive back?
Kiporby
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06/08/2009 09:14PM
 
Nice Report Mad Angler. Glad you and your Dad had a good time.

There is a light and it never goes out. Morrissey
alpine525
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06/09/2009 08:33AM
 
Really liked your trip report! We've used the tow across Sag to Red Rock many, many times and your report brings back fond memories. Spent a good amount of time camping and fishing on Red Rock and Alpine, with Alpine being our favorite. There used to be plenty of wildlife on these lakes - we've seen beaver, pine marten, snakes, turtles, eagles, and one year on Alpine we heard a pack of wolves howling right after sunset. Unfortunately after the Cavity Lake and Ham Lake fires - the area looks very different. It is interesting to see the impact of the fire and how the forest is starting its regrowth. Alpine used to be a popular place during the summer - not sure if that is still true.

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace. Dalai Lama
Boppa
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06/09/2009 11:48AM
 
Mad_Angler,
Enjoyed reading your report - it reminded me of some later trips with my Dad. Pleased you found some co-operative fish and thankful your camera dried out.
Thanks,
Boppa

"Yesterday is the past, Tomorrow is the future, Today is a GIFT, that is why it is called the present".
Toby
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06/09/2009 12:20PM
 
Awesome!!!! I started taking my dad 7 years ago and I wish I would've started the tradition a long time ago. Nothing beats sitting in a canoe fishing with your dad....

I don't want a large Farva... I want a GD liter-a-cola!
cowdoc
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06/09/2009 10:16PM
 
Glad you had a great time and made some memories.
The only bad part of the report was thinking about your driving times...and going back to work. I used to do that....not anymore.

"What could happen?"
bumabu
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06/13/2009 08:23PM
 
Too bad about Jasper being burned. I took my dad on his first trip there some years ago, before it was crispy, and we camped on the north end of Jasper. We had a great trip and it really was a beautiful lake.

Who I am precedes what I do, not the other way around.
SunCatcher
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06/13/2009 08:49PM
 
Great Trip report. My Son Daniel went about the same route last year. Really liked the area. We are going to Sawbill in August,
Both of my sons and myself. Thanks for the Nice Report!
SunCatcher


"WWJD"
izzy
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06/16/2009 05:34PM
 
Mad Angler - Nice report. Glad that you and your Dad had a good trip. I stayed at the same campsite on Red Rock right after the Cavity Lake Fire. And thanks for leaving a few fish in Alpine ! Izzy
gbusk
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06/18/2009 09:21PM
 
Nice report, I agree that topwater is a lot of fun and ya hardly ever snag up.
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