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Entry Point 54 - Seagull Lake

Seagull Lake entry point allows overnight paddle or motor (10 HP (except where paddle only) 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 50 miles. No motors (use or possession) west of Three Mile Island. Large lake with several campsites. landing at Seagull Lake. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 11
Elevation: 1205 feet
Latitude: 48.1469
Longitude: -90.8693
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Amok
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09/23/2010 11:10AM
 
New Trip Report posted by Amok

Trip Name: I'm Alive!.

Entry Point: 54

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Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
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ShakestheClown
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09/23/2010 11:20AM
 
Nice report! I'm not sure if those are pictographs either, but you are to be commended on your orienteering skills in the retrieval of your lifejacket.

The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, "You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done."
Amok
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09/23/2010 11:51AM
 
Ty! It's pretty easy to go almost due south or north :) Paddling around three mile island was a bit of a challenge, there was a spot before Wolf Point that sure LOOKED like it wasn't still the same island. There are quite a few small islands in that lake that made navigation interesting. And there is one campsite that I never did find .... I should have been able to see it just west of my site.

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
SevenofNine
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09/23/2010 02:05PM
 
Thanks for sharing a nice story. You are to be commended for striking out alone. Always a tough thing to do but I have found once you get going and once you are out there things improve.




The best part of this journey here is further knowing yourself - Alan Kay
alpine525
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09/23/2010 03:37PM
 
Very nice trip report - and photos. Great job retrieving (bushwhacking) your PFD - wouldn't want to be on Seagull without one. We camped on Three Mile Island a few years back (east side) on a great spot with a nice sandy beach - and caught walleye off the rocks there. It's a great spot! Best wishes for good health - and many more paddling trips to come!

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace. Dalai Lama
Gunflinter
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09/23/2010 04:12PM
 
Amok,
What an uplifting trip report on many levels. Congrats on your adventure and your improved health. I found the following verse in Ecclesiastes, it looks like the wind has been around a long time.

Ecclesiastes 1
6 The wind blows to the south
and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.

I also have an Old Towne Kaynoe that I took on a solo this year. It did well in the wind for me and was easy to fish from.

God made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure. Eric Liddell
Amok
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09/23/2010 06:04PM
 
7of9, you are right, it did get easier. I didn't want to leave! Once I was there, I knew EXACTLY why I went :)

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
Amok
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09/23/2010 06:05PM
 
Hey Alpine, I'm wondering if that's the place I left my PFD? It's got a neat area just west of the 'beach' that is all rock, kindof a point even, that one could get up onto and fish from. And yeah, Seagull would not be a good idea without one, that's why I went back for it on land.

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
Amok
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09/23/2010 06:07PM
 
Gunflinter, glad you enjoyed it! Thanks :) There are lots of gems in Ecclesiastes.

It's also nice to know that somebody else uses a short, fat canoe up there. It handled well, no, even better in the wind than it does when it's calm. (better tracking, ha)

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
lars54
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09/23/2010 06:58PM
 
thanks for the trip report and nice pictures. glad to hear that
things are going better for you, hope you have many more trips
in your future
Amok
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09/23/2010 08:13PM
 
Ty lars. I thought I'd taken enough pics, but discovered that I was wishing I had even more. Imagine that. I have no excuse, these were all digital (no film involved!)

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
Koda
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09/23/2010 09:47PM
 
My hat's off to you, Amok. You've beaten cancer, had a successful solo trip, and lived to tell about it all. You have good reason to be happy. Maybe you'll want to take a 10-day trip in the spring?
arctic
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09/23/2010 10:26PM
 
I enjoyed your report, Amok. I hope you have many, many more canoe trips in store. BTW, Seagull is one of my favorite areas south of the border.

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” -Edward Abbey
Amok
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09/23/2010 10:31PM
 
Hey Koda, life is good :) I am planning a 7-10 day trip in the spring, but not a solo. Even though it may end up being one .... (we've got canoe issues)

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
Amok
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09/23/2010 10:33PM
 
Thanks Arctic. I've been up to Trail's End quite a few times, and that area will remain one of my favorites I think.

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
sloughman
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09/23/2010 10:46PM
 
Nice report. Sounds very relaxing and just what you needed. Thanks for sharing.

"You guys might not know this, but I consider myself a bit of a loner. I tend to think of myself as a one-man wolf pack." - Alan Garner, The Hangover.
Koda
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09/23/2010 11:40PM
 
quote Amok: "Hey Koda, life is good :) I am planning a 7-10 day trip in the spring, but not a solo. Even though it may end up being one .... (we've got canoe issues)"


My trip plan for next May is to go from Isabella Lake to the Kawishiwi Triangle and exit at EP32, traveling solo, for 10 days. That will probably entail 5 layover days. I can bring one solo boat, two solo boats, or a solo and a tandem. Right now I'm interested in sharing the idea in case anyone wants to play.
SevenofNine
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09/24/2010 07:59AM
 
quote Amok: "7of9, you are right, it did get easier. I didn't want to leave! Once I was there, I knew EXACTLY why I went :)"


One more thing, I hate bushwhacking so you da man for that adventure!

The best part of this journey here is further knowing yourself - Alan Kay
alpine525
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09/24/2010 08:21AM
 
Amok - The spot where you left your PFD - the large rock which you refer to - is the place where I caught my very first walleye!

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace. Dalai Lama
wawasee
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09/24/2010 08:25AM
 
Congrats on beating cancer! The trip was a bonus and it allowed you some time to reflect on what is really important in life. I hope you live a long life! God Bless you Amok
Amok
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09/24/2010 09:20AM
 
quote sloughman: "Nice report. Sounds very relaxing and just what you needed. Thanks for sharing."


It was exactly what I needed, except it could have been a little longer. But aren't all trips a little too short? haha

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
Amok
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09/24/2010 09:21AM
 
quote alpine525: "Amok - The spot where you left your PFD - the large rock which you refer to - is the place where I caught my very first walleye!"


COOL! I was in "sightseeing" mode at the time, so I didn't take any time to fish while touring the site.

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
Amok
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09/24/2010 09:22AM
 
quote Koda: "quote Amok: "Hey Koda, life is good :) I am planning a 7-10 day trip in the spring, but not a solo. Even though it may end up being one .... (we've got canoe issues)"



My trip plan for next May is to go from Isabella Lake to the Kawishiwi Triangle and exit at EP32, traveling solo, for 10 days. That will probably entail 5 layover days. I can bring one solo boat, two solo boats, or a solo and a tandem. Right now I'm interested in sharing the idea in case anyone wants to play."



That would be fun. Throw me some dates and I'll see if it's something I could do :) I've wanted to see that area. It's on my 'do to' list. (and the wife would feel way more comfortable in a 'group' solo setting!)

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
Amok
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09/24/2010 09:24AM
 
quote wawasee: "Congrats on beating cancer! The trip was a bonus and it allowed you some time to reflect on what is really important in life. I hope you live a long life! God Bless you Amok"


Thanks, Wawasee. The Lord has already blessed me :) I'm still here :D May you also live long (and prosper! haha)

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
Amok
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09/24/2010 09:28AM
 
quote SevenofNine: "quote Amok: "7of9, you are right, it did get easier. I didn't want to leave! Once I was there, I knew EXACTLY why I went :)"



One more thing, I hate bushwhacking so you da man for that adventure!"



I've decided I am not a big fan of it, either. I'm glad I found this out BEFORE planning some sort of bushwhacking trip! Tho it would be nice to get to Rangeline someday ...

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
pswith5
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09/25/2010 09:53PM
 
Nice and inspirational trip report!! I still haven't had the courage to take a solo trip. You give me hope that I can get out on one soon. May your Blessings continue!!

Without the bad times, the good times wouldn't seem so good.
Amok
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09/25/2010 11:03PM
 
quote pswith5: "Nice and inspirational trip report!! I still haven't had the courage to take a solo trip. You give me hope that I can get out on one soon. May your Blessings continue!! "


Thanks! You will definately take a solo sometime. Just remember that you can't plan too much and can never be 'too' careful. And you'll forget something :)

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
ducks
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09/26/2010 08:37AM
 
Amok. Great report and thanks for sharing.

Ride EZ
Amok
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09/26/2010 06:15PM
 
Thank you, Ducks :)

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
BWPaddler
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09/27/2010 02:31PM
 
Good for you Amok!! Love how you made the trip your own and took notes on all the camp sites. That means you're going back you know!! Congrats on joining the Survivor Club - the one we didn't ask to join, but are da*n glad to belong to now!!

Wherever there is a channel for water, there is a road for the canoe. -Thoreau
Amok
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09/27/2010 04:15PM
 
You betcha I'm glad to be a part of the club :) Too bad membership is such a B*TCH!

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
Arkansas Man
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10/02/2010 09:25AM
 
Amok,
Congrats on defeating the big "C"!! A trip like that was just what you needed! I know what that feeling is like! In 2008 I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer the first week in June! I went on a BWCA trip with 3 newbies the last week in June, we did the Loop through Little Indian Souix, covered about 46 miles in 7 days. I got home on Sunday, rested Monday, and had Brachytherapy done on Tuesday. Took 10 months to get over the radiation, and over a year to get finished with some of the side effects...
Took a great trip with my wife this past summer! And life is good again!


Good Report!


Bruce

Good Paddling, Great Fishing, and God Bless All...
tremolo
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10/02/2010 02:22PM
 
thanks for sharing. Very inspiring. May you have many many more such trips.
kanoes
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10/02/2010 03:11PM
 
nice report amok, and glad youre "back". a wonderful way to celebrate "life II".
vickieh69
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10/02/2010 05:58PM
 
Nice report and very happy that you were/are able to continue with your passions. Hope you have many more to share.

"Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion." ~Democritus
Amok
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10/02/2010 10:14PM
 
quote Arkansas Man: "Amok,
Congrats on defeating the big "C"!! A trip like that was just what you needed! I know what that feeling is like! In 2008 I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer the first week in June! I went on a BWCA trip with 3 newbies the last week in June, we did the Loop through Little Indian Souix, covered about 46 miles in 7 days. I got home on Sunday, rested Monday, and had Brachytherapy done on Tuesday. Took 10 months to get over the radiation, and over a year to get finished with some of the side effects...
Took a great trip with my wife this past summer! And life is good again!



Good Report!



Bruce"



I'm still dealing with some of the side effects of chemo, but I'm getting better :) The next big challenge is finding a new job ... Glad you got back on your feet also!!!

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
Amok
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10/02/2010 10:15PM
 
quote tremolo: "thanks for sharing. Very inspiring. May you have many many more such trips."


Hey Tremolo, I hope to trip more too.

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
Amok
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10/02/2010 10:15PM
 
quote kanoes: "nice report amok, and glad youre "back". a wonderful way to celebrate "life II"."


Yup :) It was just what I needed. Now if only I could make this winter go by fast so I can get back up there again!

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
Amok
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10/02/2010 10:17PM
 
quote vickieh69: "Nice report and very happy that you were/are able to continue with your passions. Hope you have many more to share."


Hi Vickie, I am finding more enjoyment in a lot of the little things now :) And I am hoping to share future trips.

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
Zulu
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10/26/2010 10:35AM
 
Hi Amok - Great Trip report! Congratulations on winning the September contest. Mary Jo, my dog Freddie and myself daytripped on Sea Gull last Friday and Saturday Oct. 22 and 23.


You are right. Sea Gull is a very interesting lake. The campsites were very good. We took a break at the one you camped at. On Friday we went to the Palisades and continued west. Southwest wind 10-15. We found that campsite that should have been insight of yours. It was on the west side of that island in a little cove.


We explored the west side of Three Mile Island to the tip and then to the west on Saturday. East wind 10-15.


Hope to see you again at a Wing Night.


Zulu
Amok
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10/26/2010 02:49PM
 
Thanks, Zulu! I'm going to be going back there sometime. I never did see the pallisades :( I was also going to check out the portage to Jap Lake, but decided against it with the wind that day. Going around 3 mile island was enough for me! I also never went down the west side of the next island over. I checked the east side out at least 3x, tho. Silly maps :) I'm starting to wonder if the east wind is a constant on that lake ...


I didn't know I had won the Sep trip report contest. COOL! Not bad for a first report :D I'm thinking I'll take more pics the next time, there were a few times I wished I had pictures of certain things I wrote about.

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
bapabear
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11/09/2010 10:29PM
 
Good read! I love the first picture of your canoe tied up and the foggy morning. The story of the bushwhack to find your PFD was a good one. I'd say you made a good choice to do that.

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Amok
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11/10/2010 12:27AM
 
Thanks, Bapabear! I've always wondered if I could 'find' my way around like that. What better place to try it than on an island? I only wish that I had taken a pic of my PFD when I found it!

Trust, but verify. The Lord will provide !!!!
northallen
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08/09/2011 11:43AM
 
Amok wrote: " Fortunately, I get to live another day. The BW was what I needed before getting back to reality."

One more cast... 'Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience' R.W. Emerson
rlhedlund
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08/09/2011 12:36PM
 
Thank you Amok. RIP.

Life is Good, Living is Better. Everlasting Life is Best! Pray for Us Amok.
kanoes
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08/09/2011 07:30PM
 
love you.
ripple
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08/10/2011 08:08AM
 
I always had the problem of trying to see and do too much when I did my trips. After reading how Amok wished he had seen other areas, taken more pictures etc... think I will be worse.

Ripple in still water....
TomT
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08/11/2011 05:28PM
 
I am very sad after reading this. But on the other hand, I'm happy for him that he was able to do this trip. Sounds like he thoroughly enjoyed himself.

"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." --- George Bernard Shaw
Ozarker
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08/11/2011 09:42PM
 
Thanks for sharing Amok. I hope your family holds the BWCAW dear to their hearts as much as you did.

"Always leave the woodpile higher than when you found it."
nojobro
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08/12/2011 08:09AM
 
4125 forever. Sad. :(
Stormjack
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09/05/2011 04:44PM
 
I just read Phil's trip report for the first time. What a great trip! I'm so thankful he was able to do this.
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