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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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rtallent
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10/19/2012 11:46AM
 
New Trip Report posted by rtallent

Trip Name: Two guys and a dog to Sprig Lake.

Entry Point: 38

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Bushwacker
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10/19/2012 03:50PM
 
Nice effort to get off the beaten track. Did you only troll when fishing? I always consoul myself when the fishing is bad that all was good without it but I know I'm fooling myself.

"...not all those who wander are lost..." JRR Tolkien.
rtallent
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10/20/2012 09:12AM
 
Yes, mainly trolling with shad raps and the like. Good point: some shore casting or finding and focus-fishing reefs/ dropoffs may well have yielded different results. Did not carry a depth finder, as do many dedicated fishers.
Widespreadpanic
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10/20/2012 10:07AM
 
You mentioned Eastern Iowa airport, are you from CR or Iowa city?
Enjoyed the report very much. I've been in some of that area but not all.
rtallent
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10/20/2012 12:07PM
 
Smaller town of Marengo, west of Iowa City. EI Airport and E. Moline are both handy airports to us (though I seldom fly; I think I've been on more floatplanes than jets).
mcsweem
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10/20/2012 09:03PM
 
Nice report. I've been to raven a few times caught lots of lakers. Nice to hear from a fellow Iowan I live in center point.
Rob Johnson
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10/21/2012 08:33PM
 
I am soooo jealous. We were hoping to take that route a couple of years ago. We tried coming in from the north through Travois and ended up leaving our canoe on the trail in. Yours was our second choice route and it sounds like it should have been our first choice. Great job...that is tough country. Thanks for sharing. (Dang...now we are going to have to go back there...)

I always wondered why somebody didn't do something about that. Then I realized I am somebody. Lily Tomlin
TomT
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10/22/2012 06:20AM
 
I really enjoyed this. Very impressed by the difficulty of the route and you guys handled it well. Something tells me you are very experienced at this sort of thing. I went into Raven and stayed on the rock there. But going to Van and the like just seems too daunting. You guys ain't no spring chickens and you just went and did it. Kudos to that.


I enjoyed the pics too. How's Tom's camera? Are there some he can post on here? I have a canon slr too. Last but not least is your dog. What a great adventure for her/him to be on. I can't wait to take mine.


Too bad about the fishing in the PMA. You'd think it would be the opposite. Well, thanks for posting and hope you guys do another one!




"Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." --- George Bernard Shaw
boonie
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10/22/2012 09:03PM
 
Thanks, nice report on an interesting trip route.
OneMatch
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10/25/2012 06:07AM
 
Great report, thanks. It reminds me that there are routes off the beaten path even in the BW. Love the pics with Galli.

We all have to believe in something. I believe I'll go paddle.
Beemer01
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10/25/2012 06:33PM
 
Wonderful report..and I'm a sucker for elderly dog stories!


Thanks for sharing!!

"You're not serious about wearing sandals on this portage.... are you?"
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