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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

Jack Frost Loop

by XvXBrAnDoNXvX
Trip Report

Entry Date: July 24, 2009
Entry Point: Baker Lake
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 2

Trip Introduction:
This trip is a trip that I will never forget. My first trip to the Boundary Waters. My Friends 2nd. We wanted to conquer the Jack Frost Loop. Boy were we in for it. It turned out to be a lot more than we expected...

Day 1 of 5

Friday, July 24, 2009

After getting everything ready in the morning and making the drive to Entry point 39 (Baker Lake) from the cities. Which seemed like forever I was so excited. We were finally there! The wait was over. After checking the truck for anything we may have forgotten it was time to head out on the adventure we seeked. So we make our way across Baker, Peterson, and Kelly Lakes. Taking our time. Taking in all the beauty. Portages were not bad at all. At this point the mosquito's were starting to get really bad. Once into Jack Lake we had gone the wrong way and ended up in mosquito hell! It was at this point that we had realized that we had forgot the mosquito spray in the truck! Nothing like them blood suckers getting a hold of you every second that they get. After smacking, itching, scratching and pretty much going insane! We made it to Weird Lake. Our goal for the day so we would be rested for the 240 rod portage into South Temperance Lake in the morning. Little while after we arrived at our campsite we spotted a moose across the lake. We paddled over and took a picture which didn't turn good at all. We were very disappointed. But it made up for the mosquitoes being so bad and not having any bug spray. After that the morning came quick as we pretty much made some food and went to sleep. Mosquito's were unbearable!!!

(EP)Baker Lake, Peterson Lake, Kelly Lake, Jack Lake, Weird Lake


Day 2 of 5

Saturday, July 25, 2009

After it had rained all night we came outta the tent hoping that the mosquito's weren't that bad out. But are hopes were shut down very shortly after that. But had to deal with to pack up camp and set out on our 2nd day. We did a 80 rod portage into a small part of the Temperance River. Now the Dreaded 240 rod portage from the Temperance River into South Temperance Lake. With everything being wet from the rain including our gear. Once again the Mosquito's were attacking in full force! It was getting to the point where I literally was going crazy!. I have never experienced mosquitoes that bad in my entire life and probably never will again. After getting that portage done as quickly as possible.. I was so glad it was over with. We rested up for a bit and ate a snack. As were getting in the canoe to head off across South Temperance Lake my buddy Josh fell in the water and got both of his shoes wet. Not being prepared neither of us brought spares. Once we got across the lake to the next portage into North Temperance Lake. I fell in the water and got my shoes wet. As we were doing that same portage I found a a pair of sandals! Saved me. Then when we got the end there was another pair. It was like someone was looking out for! Thanks to whoever dropped them. Truly saved our feet on this trip! As we paddled across North Temperance Lake we figured we would try to find a site there. Rain was coming in so we didnt wanna get stuck out on the lakes in a down poor. We found a spot. Did some fishing for a bit. Then it started raining pretty hard so it was an early night!

Temperance River Lake, North Temperance Lake, South Temperance Lake


Day 3 of 5

Sunday, July 26, 2009

After waking up in the morning. Nicer day out. We decided that we didnt wanna continue on the route we had chosen. With the rain and bugs and pretty much not being prepared as we thought. We decided to go across Brule Lake to some other side lakes to go around the 240 rod portage from South Temperance Lake to a small part of the Temperance River. Once we got to Brule Lake. It started to get pretty windy out as we paddled out of the cove that the portage was in. We tried to stay as close to shore as possible as the wind was making for some pretty rough paddling. Not to mention the white caps and rollers. We got threw Brule after paddling what seemed like forever fighting the wind. We portaged into Juno Lake. We came across some others paddling and asked them if it was possible to get up the Vern River into Weird Lake to bypass the 240 rod portage. They said the river might be to low and filled with beaver dams so we just decided to turn around. Which was tough cause we paddled all the way across Brule and now had to go back. Was till pretty windy. But atleast we were going with the wind this time. Found a site on the east side of Brule. Nice campsite. Fished off shore and in the canoe for a bit. Made dinner. Hung around the fire and called it a night. Exhausted...

North Temperance Lake, South Temperance Lake, Brule Lake, Juno Lake


Day 4 of 5

Monday, July 27, 2009

Another night of rain. Were we ever gonna get some nice weather. We packed up camp and head out to the portage back into South Temperance Lake. Once there we took our time paddling tot he 240 rod portage. Doing some fishing and taking in the sites as neither of us wanted to do that portage again and deal with the mosquitoes from hell. But we gotta do what we gotta do. This time around seemed rougher that the first. Everything was wet from the rain and mosquitoes seemed like the multiplied by the millions. I got half way threw the portage. I couldnt take it anymore I ripped all my gear off and screamed at the top of my lungs "#@$!". The mosquitoes drove me over the edge. After breathing for a minute I relaxed and continued on getting that portage done at record speed. We portaged back into Weird Lake thinking about trying to make it all the way back to the entry point. But we decided to stay at the same site we stayed on day 1. Mosquitoes were so bad we spent the night in the tent.

Brule Lake, South Temperance Lake, Weird Lake


Day 5 of 5

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

We woke up and packed camp quickly as leaving today was the goal. Mosquitoes still driving us insane. we portaged all the way back the the entry point. Baker Lake. We were so glad to be Mosquito free. We had checked the truck to see where we had left the bug spray. It was behind the topper in the bed of my truck! "How could we have missed that??? We check it 2 or 3 times". We had rain everyday except the day we left. Mosquitoes were insane. But with that said. All in all it made out for a trip that I will never forget. I will always tell this story to people. I still look back and wish that we would have continued on and finished the Jack Frost Loop. I will one day. Later that week after being back I was reading up in my Robert Bymer book about the route we choose. It stated that it was the most rugged according to difficulty. Hmm maybe I am glad we didn't continue on...


Weird Lake, Jack Lake, Kelly Lake, Peterson Lake, Baker Lake, Brule Lake, North Temperance Lake, South Temperance Lake, Temperance River Lake, Juno Lake


Lakes Traveled:   Weird Lake, Jack Lake, Kelly Lake, Peterson Lake, Baker Lake, Brule Lake, North Temperance Lake, South Temperance Lake, Temperance River Lake, Juno Lake,

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