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Kawishiwi - Little Sag - Sawbill Loop
by BeerNut

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 07/29/2011
Entry Point: Kawishiwi Lake (EP 37)
Exit Point: Sawbill Lake (EP 38)  
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 2
Trip Introduction:
Anniversary week vacation trip - 5 days in the BWCA followed by some resort and cabin time
Day 1 of 5
Friday, July 29, 2011 - Kawishiwi to Malberg

We camped at Sawbill on Thursday night for an early shuttle to Kawishiwi in the morning. When getting organized, I realized that I had grabbed the wrong blue bag and had a goodwill bag and not our day 1 clothing bag. This left us digging into our "rest of vacation" bags for some running shorts and t-shirts to wear. I also had to buy a knife and a headlamp at Sawbill... Oops!We had an uneventful night and had a couple of beers at the campsite and went to bed.

In the morning, we had breakfast and got the supplies we needed. Then Luke shuttled us to the entry and we were on the water about 8:30. We headed out under sunny skies and warm temps. We made good time on the water and single portaged, with me taking the Bell and the granite gear pack, and Beth taking the old school canvas Duluth Pack. Rods were bdb'd and Beth carried the paddles. The flies were relentless all day on the water and the portages.

We did not see very many people on this Friday morning. A few on the water, but the portages were clear. We ran into one group of 20 something guys taking a break in the rapids pool just off the portage into Koma. We moved past them and headed to camp. We grabbed the site on the west narrows and set up camp.

Once camp was set, Beth went to find a place to "read"...

... and I rigged up for fishing. I had really good smallmouth action right from camp, and added a few northerns, too. We kept one bass for dinner and threw the rest back. This was the nicest one:

We crawled into a really warm tent at dark, as the skeeters came out in force. It was an uneventful night.