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U-P-Tripper
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01/20/2022 11:54AM  
We're planning our first trip to the BWCAW, the first week of August. We're headed out of Seagull for our planned route. I know August is busy, but which day of the week is best to start a five day trip?.
 
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straighthairedcurly
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01/20/2022 12:31PM  
Basecamp or traveling daily? Generally, the most permits are pulled for Thursday and Friday. People make 3-4 day weekends. So Mondays and Tuesdays tend to be the quieter days in my experience.
U-P-Tripper
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01/20/2022 12:34PM  
Traveling. Chose Seagull to make a big lake loop (Seagull up to Sag, down to Alpine, and back to Seagull) because we want to take our 75 lb wood canvas canoes. They are beauties, but weight is an issue.
schweady
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01/20/2022 02:49PM  
Most popular to least popular:
Friday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, Monday, Tuesday
U-P-Tripper
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01/20/2022 03:02PM  
Good info! That's what we were thinking. Thanks!
straighthairedcurly
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01/20/2022 06:52PM  
U-P-Tripper: "Traveling. Chose Seagull to make a big lake loop (Seagull up to Sag, down to Alpine, and back to Seagull) because we want to take our 75 lb wood canvas canoes. They are beauties, but weight is an issue. "

That's a great loop for the wood/canvas. We did that loop with our Old Town Tripper as our 2nd canoe and despite our age, it the portages were very manageable with the heavy boat.
sedges
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01/20/2022 07:21PM  
Suggest a Saganaga Lake permit and put in at the landing by Trails End campground. You will actually put in on Gull Lake and following the Seagull River downstream to Saganaga. The trip would end at the Seagull Lake landing at Trails End. There is a big parking area between Gull Lake and Seagull Lake and you can drive up to both landings.

This way you eliminate the portage on the Seagull River. The portage is in Trails End Campground and right through the back yard of several campsites as I recall.

If water levels are real low there is an area you have to wade/walk your canoes through to get the Seagull Lake landing at Trails End.

Oh, the real question. I have always started trip on a Monday and found thinner crowds and easier to find campsites on entry lakes.
U-P-Tripper
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01/20/2022 08:36PM  
Thanks for the alternative EP suggestion. I'll have the group check it out.
 
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