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Gunflint Trail Memorial Day Trip
by Mad_Angler

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 05/27/2010
Entry & Exit Point: Saganaga Lake (EP 55)
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
Last year, I took my dad for his first BW trip. We base camped on Red Rock Lake. This year, we added another few days and went one lake further to Alpine Lake.
Day 1 of 5
Thursday, May 27, 2010:

On Wednesday, I drove from my house in southern Wisconsin to my dad's house in northern Wisconsin.

Our plan for Thursday was to drive to Grand Marais, hang out, and catch a tow on Friday morning. Our plans changed...

We left about 8am and made good time. Using the GPS, we realized that we would get to Seagull Outfitters around 3pm. It was a very pretty day. So we figured that we would try to go in a day early. I called Deb and she agreed that it was a good idea. Deb had Katelyn reserve us a new permit and we were all set.

We bought fishing licenses at Bucks and we bought a few other things around GM but otherwise just kept making good time.

We arrived at Seagull outfitters around 2:20. Deb's staff quickly processed us, got us some leeches, and put us on the tow boat.

The tow was nice. Our driver was Danielle, Seagull's first female tow boat drive. She was fast, efficient, and friendly. At 4:00, we were dropped off at Red Rock and we were officially in the BW...

We paddled through Red Rock. I was surpised that nearly all the camp sites were full. We wanted a fairly popular site on Alpine. I didn't hold much hope that the site would be empty...

We made fairly quick work of our one portage (from Red Rock to Alpine). It wa a short portage and I tried to carry nearly all the gear. I think I triple portaged it. But I had actually worked out a bit this spring. So, the portage seemed especially easy.

Once on Alpine, we were very pleasantly surprised to find the site we wanted open. So we took it and set up camp.

We relaxed, had steaks and crashed about 10pm. Sea Gull Lake, Saganaga Lake, Red Rock Lake, Alpine Lake