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January 29 2022

Entry Point 55 - Saganaga Lake

Saganaga Lake entry point allows overnight paddle or motor (25 HP 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 55 miles. No motors (use or possession) west of American Point. Access to Canada (the Crown land and Quetico Park). Large lake with many campsites and easy access. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 15
Elevation: 1184 feet
Latitude: 48.1716
Longitude: -90.8868
Saganaga Lake - 55

Granite river

by Schacich
Trip Report

Entry Date: September 01, 2016
Entry Point: Magnetic Lake
Number of Days: 3
Group Size: 4

Trip Introduction:
We were attempting a 3 1/2 day trip from Gunflint lake to Saganaga. Grandpa has 56 years of BWCA canoeing experience. We found the portages difficult to find. A tree was covering pine portage. We camped on Clove Lake. We portaged over what appeared to be a dry river bed where there should normally be a Rapids. Then we were looking for swamp portage. The water level seemed very low and we couldn't find a credible portage. Not knowing the route well, we were concerned about going further, so decided to go back out the way we came. It was a hard decision for Grandpa who has never in 56 years failed to finish a trip. However given the age and strength of the group it was the right decision. Working our way back across the same portages and up the rapids was a bit of a challenge and strong winds from the south on Magnetic & Gunflint lake was a tough finish. Grandpa did a great job with his 80 pound granddaughter! We are still wondering where we went wrong or if a fast drop in the water level made this highly touted trip more difficult. Any thoughts?

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Thursday, September 01, 2016

 


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