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Saganaga to Moose, or how to stay wet.
by Zath

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 06/18/2015
Entry Point: Saganaga Lake (EP 55)
Exit Point: Moose Lake (EP 25)  
Number of Days: 5
Group Size: 4
Trip Introduction:
3rd year of a 3 season long annual tradition of a BWCA trip. The group amounts to a split, 2 seasoned paddlers since child hood, and 2 beginners. The second trip out for the beginners, which considering how well they adapted isn't right to call them that... We plotted out a trip that is basically a copy of a childhood boy-scout trip I did. Saganaga -> Swamp -> Ottertrack -> Knife -> Bonnie -> Spoon -> Pickle -> Kekekabic -> Pickle -> Spoon -> Bonnie -> Knife -> Knife River -> Carp -> Birch -> Sucker -> Newfound -> Moose We followed the same path, but skipped the Kekekabic detour. Saganaga -> Swamp -> Ottertrack -> Knife -> Knife River -> Carp -> Birch -> Sucker -> Newfound -> Moose
Day 1 of 5
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Many of my childhood trips were with my father and he stand by the 16 mile per day with portages 20 mile a day free paddle standard. I'm going for vacation, and not really into making the trip a race. 8.8 miles of paddling on Saganaga was just fine for a first day. Wind was negligible and the open water calm. Camp site 336 is in good shape, 2 decent tent sites. We had a dog along, 6 months old for her first trip in. At the entry point, as soon as the canoe was pushed from shore, the dog leaped out and into the water. fortunately no other dog and canoe related mishaps on the trip. Day 1 Dinner, F&D steaks, F&D is a butcher shop in Virginia, MN, perfect place to pick up some obnoxious steaks for that first nights meal...

Saganaga Lake