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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: 8
Elevation: 1205 feet
Latitude: 48.1469
Longitude: -90.8693
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BananaHammock
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12/13/2012 04:43PM
 
New Trip Report posted by BananaHammock

Trip Name: Granite River to Big Sag.

Entry Point: 57

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mocha
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12/13/2012 05:47PM
 
sounds like a great trip, happy to hear the fishing was that good in mid-august heat and calm.
TuscaroraBorealis
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12/13/2012 06:14PM
 
Great report!





Your photos looked very familiar to some I have from a recent trip through there. It's quickly becomes apparent why it's called the "Granite" river. It's really a fun area & it sounds like you had plenty. Thanks for taking the time to share your story & photos. Well done.
boonie
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12/13/2012 07:55PM
 
Thanks for the report. That's an area I have looked at but haven't visited yet. It sounds like you had a good first trip.
alpine525
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12/14/2012 09:47AM
 
I enjoyed your trip report. We did the Granite quite a few years ago, before the Ham Lake fire. It was a beautiful area and we had a lot of fun. Thanks for writing the report and posting your photos!

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Mort
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12/14/2012 01:09PM
 
BH, thanks for a great report of a great trip. It would have been a bonus if you had shared some about hanging (I'm just getting into hammock camping, so my interest is peaked).
BananaHammock
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12/14/2012 01:33PM
 
I appreciate the feedback, and hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing and reminising on the countless memories. Mort I would recomend posting in the general discusion to get some input on hanging your hammock. Buying hammocks for our trip was one of the best decisions we made before this trip. My friend Sean had some great tricks he learned hanging his hammock before I bought mine last summer. He said he watched alot of videos on youtube about hanging hammocks and tieing knots. Best tips i can give you without making a video and demonstrating them is to buy straps for hanging your hammock, it protects the trees and saves time(less knots). Buy 4 heavy duty steel rings, about 2" in diameter and two heavy duty carabiners. Put the two rings in the carabiner and clip the carabiner to the two ends of the strap that is around the tree. Then, take your main rope that runs thru your hammock and loop once around the steel rings putting the rope thru from the bottom of the rings(if feed the rope down, the rings wont bind on the rope properly and when you get in your hammock the ropes will slide thru the rings, rather than bind), then loop the rope around just one ring and tie the end of the rope back to the main line with a quick release style knot. Repeat the same on the otherside and you can tighten your hammock very tight using this method that requires zero knots. It took a little practice, but after a week in the BW we had mastered hanging our hammocks. I have a hennesey expedition asym and I am extremely pleased with it, I sleep better in the hammock than I do in my own bed. When it warms up, maybe sean and I will post a tutorial on how we hang our hammocks when we go camping this spring. I will make sure to post on here when we do.
BananaHammock
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12/14/2012 01:57PM
 
Youtube video of the method i was describing CLICK HERE
nctry
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12/14/2012 08:16PM
 
The day you left (19th) up the Granite is the day I rolled into Gunflint Lodge to prepare for my last trip of the year. See trip report: 40 days in the BW. The couple I met went up the Granite the next day and we met back at the lodge the next Sunday. Then I headed up the granite myself. Loved that area a lot. Congrats on the big northern, sounded like a beauty and you got er back in the water right away... good job! Nice report and look forward to reading more from you in the years to come.

Nctry
TomP
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12/15/2012 03:03PM
 
BH, Nice report! I enjoyed it.
Mort
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12/15/2012 04:34PM
 
BH, thanks for the hammock talk. Just to let you know, I've joined hammocksforums.co, spent a lot of time gleaning articles and videos, ordered polyester tree straps, and even made my own toggles and whoopie slings! Yesterday I took the big plunge and ordered a new warbonnet black bird single in 1.7 to replace my old Cabella hammock. I'm really looking forward to using it on my early July solo this coming summer. Hopefully I can write up a trip report on the experience.
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