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Faith Men's BWCAW 2016 Trip
by on2paddle

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 09/08/2016
Entry & Exit Point: Sawbill Lake (EP 38)
Number of Days: 4
Group Size: 6
Trip Introduction:
Our group of 6 men entered at #38, Sawbill Lake. The folks at Sawbill Canoe Outfitters treated us well and with enthusiasm as we wrapped up the few loose ends on gear. We decided to rent two of the three person Wenonah Minnesota III's. The perfect choice for a group of our size. We had various levels of BWCAW experience and opted to take it easy with just a couple of portages, base camping and exposing a couple of the guys to the BWCAW for the first time. Sawbill to Smoke to Burnt and set up and island base camp. We had a cross wind on Sawbill and the wind at our backs as we crossed Smoke and Burnt. A rare tailwind for me. We had driven from the Twin Cities late on Wednesday night through a heavy thunder storm leaving the portages a bit on the soupy side, but no water or mud over the boots on our two portages. Campsite access was good, no major obstacles. Camp was set, a hammock, 3 tents, a tarp and a pair of perfect hanging trees. We fished, caught northern's, walleye, and small mouth bass near camp over the next few days. We had some off and on rain, sun and clouds. Stars were out and so was the a bright moon. Got to love those moon shadows. The food was adequate, nothing special (except for the fried fish) and nobody went to bed hungry. A good time was had by all. A blessing it was to experience canoe country with this group of men.