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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: 11
Elevation: 1802 feet
Latitude: 47.8699
Longitude: -90.8858
Sawbill Lake - 38

back in the saddle

by kanoes
Trip Report

Entry Date: October 22, 2008
Entry Point: Baker Lake
Number of Days: 3
Group Size: 1

Trip Introduction:
i felt the need to get back up there yet this season. the only goal i had set was to feel comfortable again. journal format...

Day 1 of 3

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

left the house at 5 am.

nice drive, no traffic...but alot of deer both dead and alive. three were grazing in the 61 expressway median.

on the water at about 10:45. one other car parked at the access.

immediately see an otter on baker.

cow moose seen on kelly. eastern shore was hit hard by the blowdown. first time ive seen remnants of it.[paragraph break]

jack lake...i think mckenzie needs to update. i couldnt locate the northern most campsite.

weird lake. walked the short portage to see if i can eyeball the one campsite. i can, but i see something odd. binocs reveal a green campchair...damnit! i was planning on camping there. decide to carry the canoe and a paddle over to check it out anyway. it just ends up being someones forgotten gear, tied to a tree, the site is open. nice campsite. 2-3 pad areas. some dead trees around though.[paragraph break]

not sure what time it is (forgot my watch) but its chilly! east winds blows. just put on stocking cap and hooded sweatshirt.

all the leaves are gone...reminds my of my may trip.

saw a pine martin on the kelly to jack portage.

its a south facing campsite. thats a good thing this time of year.

someone left a decent pile of wood for me, no need to search today.

pulled out the little thermometer. no wonder im cold, its 42.

talked to a tandem paddling by. they told me i was the first person they had seen in 3 days. i apologized to them for ruining their wilderness experience. we all chuckled. they were on their way out, via sawbill tomorrow.

i feel back to normal so far.

5 moose jawbones laying around this site.

dont feel like cooking. cheese/sausage/crackers it is.

a new use for BDB's?[paragraph break]

having a nice fire but still breezy. early rack tonight.


Day 2 of 3

Thursday, October 23, 2008

cold but gorgeous morning. zero clouds. zero wind.[paragraph break]

downing some wonderful instant coffee this morning.

collected firewood. took a nice chunk of knuckle out in the process.

not much life up here this time of year. grouse on the latrine trail (typical).one immature bald eagle. ravens. some squirrels chattering from time to time. still hoping for a bull sighting.

putz around on the lake for awhile. mostly swampy shoreline. paddled back into a marsh behind the campsite. it has a small channel with water flowing into weird. the lake itself is very shallow.

with this few people around im happy to stay close to the EP. ill be camping here again tonight.

the sun feels great today.

a red dragonfly seems to like my knee...hes landed on it four times now.[paragraph break] [paragraph break]

have seen no one today.

why is it im never hungry on solos? la your heart out.

once again, im king of the non self-motivators!

ill be burning all the wood tonight as ill probably be the last one here this canoeing season.[paragraph break]

did some whittling today. i cut towards myself just to make it more exciting. haha

looking at the fire grate...ill have to find out where the smith foundry is located, just for the heck of it.

some garbage around here. instant heat pack wrapper. v tent peg. broken thermometer. the campchair.

it hit on the temperance river system. the temperance is my favorite north shore river to walk back on.

really cooling off now.

the internal clock is really messed up this time of year. 6pm sunset is easier to handle at home.

now im thinking about next mays group solo. i function and motivate much better with human interaction. im really looking forward to tripping with others again. its been over a year since the last multi trip.

sun below the tree tops now. wool mitts on now also.[paragraph break]

chilly but gorgeous. starting the fire now. the warmth is much needed.[paragraph break]


Day 3 of 3

Friday, October 24, 2008

wake up to a very cold rain. totally calm winds though.

decide to paddle out today.

just start paddling on jack and look to my left. finally! a bull moose! hes just staring at me. i think of paddling closer but then realize its very shallow and if i happen to breach his personal space he could just walk out to kick my ass. i paddle on and he just stares, motionless...kinda eerie!

flock of bills takes off about 300 yards infront of me. ducks are jumpy up here.

nice paddling...calm lakes.

car loaded and hit the road at noon.

nice trip. im glad i did it.


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