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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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paddelingruth
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09/10/2013 08:51PM
 
New Trip Report posted by paddelingruth

Trip Name: 40 years of dreaming of this trip: Mission: Sawbill to Cherokee Lake.

Entry Point: 38

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Cedarboy
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09/10/2013 11:40PM
 
Nice report, now you are hooked. Where is next years BWCAW trip planned? My guess is you talked about it on the way home?
CB
landoftheskytintedwater
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09/11/2013 09:52AM
 
Thanks for the report. We headed into Cherokee the day after you left, and we had lunch at your site while out and about one day. Love the view to the west from the site.
cowdoc
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09/11/2013 02:52PM
 
good job ruth! I've stayed at that site before with my sons.....big rock point sticking out into the lake. It's a beauty.

"What could happen?"
Spartan2
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09/11/2013 03:25PM
 
What a good report, Ruth! I hope you go on more BWCA trips, and perhaps venture out beyond staying in one campsite! We also bought our first canoe in 1973, (after loving our first canoe trip with a rented canoe in 1971), but we took it right to the Minnesota canoe country then and have been going ever since!


Nice of you to call it "my" rock, by the way, but I know a lot of other people love it, too. :-)


I enjoyed going on your trip with you. My favorite part of the BWCA.
paddelingruth
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09/11/2013 10:12PM
 
Thanks (Linda)Spartan2 for the note, we feel honored to have you read our report, reading and following your story on the BWCA is what made us choose this trip, for our first trip. I am sure we will venture to other lakes and campsites someday, but it was nice for the first trip to have this be our home for 5 days. It was beautiful.
mcspin50
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09/11/2013 10:38PM
 
Very nice report, Ruth. Sounds like you had a great time.
It only took me 20 years to go back to the Boundary Waters. Gosh where does the time go? It feels good to fulfill a lifelong dream, doesn't it.
Take care and happy paddling on your next BW trip.


Lil M.

Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it. - Lao Tzu
alpine525
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09/12/2013 12:26PM
 
Nice trip report - I enjoyed your story and your photos - especially the one of your dog in the chair! We also entered the BW on August 26th (Moose Lake) and know how hot it was Monday through Wednesday of that week. Once it rained on Thursday, things cooled down a lot. Thanks for sharing your story.

Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace. Dalai Lama
okinaw55
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09/15/2013 04:41PM
 
Great report. I loved when you said "Mission Accomplished"! Did you see bigfoot? The 2nd to last picture looks like you captured him on film LOL. I'm kidding.

We-no-nah Minnesota II Kevlar
paddelingruth
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09/17/2013 08:07PM
 
Thanks for the note. HA! Yeah my husband was taking down the food bag and every time I tried to get his picture he moved so I thought he looked like big foot.
paddelingruth
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09/17/2013 08:09PM
 
Nice picture!
PuffinGin
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09/18/2013 06:11AM
 
I enjoyed your trip report, Ruth. Congratulations on your inaugural trip to God's country, aka BWCA. Sounds like Sam enjoyed herself too.
waterdog
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10/01/2013 09:37PM
 
Sweet report. Thanks for posting.
Wishing you many more...

"That'll do, Pig." Farmer Hoggett
Thwarted
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10/04/2013 07:44PM
 
Yeah Ruth . My wife no longer can go with me so I appreciate your brave exploits and sportsmanship. Rock on Ruthie!
TheGreenMallard
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10/07/2013 10:09AM
 
Great report and pics! My wife and I are going on our first BWCA trip next summer, both at the age of 43. It's been a dream of mine since I was in my 20's. Your report/story really inspired me to make sure our trip happens next summer.

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." -Albert Einstein
paddelingruth
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10/10/2013 06:59PM
 
TheGreenMallard:
I hope you make your trip next summer. What lakes or routes are you thinking of doing? We read alot of trip reports and looked alot of pictures getting ready for our trip, it really helps. I was glad that my husband Dan had the dream and included me. Will be watching next year for your trip report.
Ruth
paddelingruth
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10/10/2013 07:02PM
 
Thwarted,
Thanks for the vote of courage to keep going on those BWCA trips.
It was fun and alot of work, but worth it.
paddelingruth
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10/10/2013 07:05PM
 
PuffinGin
thanks for the nice note and I looked at your pic's you have the cutest springer also. Sam was so good and just waited for us each day to see where we were headed, she loves the canoe. She also likes to go tubing with me when we are at the lake in our boat.
Ruth
AndySG
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10/11/2013 09:20AM
 
Nice report Ruth. It's always fun to read reports by first timers and experience their excitement. BTW, I was in Nebraska last spring when SunCatcher invited me to canoe the upper Snake River in the Sand Hills.



Due to those who lack personal responsibility, the rest of us forfeit our personal freedoms.
TheGreenMallard
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10/12/2013 05:58PM
 
quote paddelingruth: "TheGreenMallard:
I hope you make your trip next summer. What lakes or routes are you thinking of doing? We read alot of trip reports and looked alot of pictures getting ready for our trip, it really helps. I was glad that my husband Dan had the dream and included me. Will be watching next year for your trip report.
Ruth "




Ruth,


We'll be going in through Poplar, Lizz, Caribou and Horseshoe. Probably stay on either Vista, Gaskin or Winchell. Haven't decided yet.

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." -Albert Einstein
SunCatcher
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10/18/2013 06:01PM
 
Ruth,
SunCatcher here from Norfolk, Nebraska.
(Also known as Paul)
Very nice report, I have been on that trail to cherokee.
Very glad to read something. From another cornhusker fan!


SunCatcher

"WWJD"
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