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First timers - Lady Lakes Chain
by kac7700

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 07/19/2009
Entry Point: Kawishiwi Lake (EP 37)
Exit Point: Sawbill Lake (EP 38)  
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
My husband and I always planned to visit the BWCA but with the pressures of work and family we just never made the time. This year my boss told me I had to take one full week off work without logging in, so we figured this would be the perfect time. We choose this route for the walleye fishing, as my husband is an avid angler, but as you will see, we are obviously inexperienced at this! We're not inexperienced when it comes to "wilderness" camping as we have backpacked many trails, and have all the gear and know how to travel light, but with canoe packs we were lulled into a false sense of ability to carry a heavier load!
Day 1 of 4
Sunday, July 19, 2009 We left our home at 9 a.m. excited and ready for our adventure. We arrived at the Sawbill Outfitters and campground around 2:30 after stopping at the ranger station in Tofte to watch the video and pick up our permit. We camped overnight at Sawbill Lake campground and enjoyed a dinner of steaks and corn, walked around and enjoyed the scenery and picked up a bait and a few essentials at the store. I always carry a spare tank of fuel for my stove and happened to forget it this trip, and the outfitters did not have the type of fuel that I needed, so I started to panic a little bit, even though I have never run out of fuel on a three day trip. The weather was warm and perfect, we changed into shorts, made a fire, and had a few cold ones excited for our adventure.