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6 day solo Frost River Loop
by Ajoutdoors

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 05/21/2018
Entry & Exit Point: Sawbill Lake (EP 38)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 1
Trip Introduction:
This is a six day solo Frost River Loop from Sawbill Entry Point.
Day 1 of 6
Monday, May 21, 2018 I started off at Sawbill Outfitters and rented a Wenonah Prism. I pushed off the landing around 830 am. The weather was perfect with no wind and temps around 70. There were four other canoes with me at the landing and three of them were heading to Cherokee Lake. I followed them thru Sawbill Lake and I was on my way.

I single portaged the first two 80 rods portages into Ada Lake. The Ada to Skoop portage proved to be difficult. I sank up to my knees twice and had a difficult time finding any good footing. 80 rods of it is boulders and mud. There was another group of consisting of some teenagers and a 50 year old and already some of the kids weren't having a lot of fun. I hope it got better for them.

I single portage the 180 rod into Cherokee and had now passed up all the groups. Cherokee Creek is a beautiful paddle with one beaver dam pullover. I now had a small southerly tailwind pushing me north. I stopped for some lunch on the north side of Cherokee for an hour of so and continued on.

I paddled up thru Gordon Lake and double portaged the 140 rod into Unload Lake. This is one of the coolest portages I have ever been on a I highly suggest everyone go walk it. I saw several moose tracks, lots of trees growing out of boulders, and at the end there are a bunch of cedar trees. I really enjoyed this walk.

I was able to paddle the 40 rod portage into Frost and I took the campsite on the west end of the lake closest to the Frost River portage. I was happy to find a fellow camper had left some firewood as I was pretty tired from the long day. It took about 7 hours to get to Frost from Sawbill with an hour or so stop for lunch.

15.5 miles 590 rods Note: miles are from my Garmin GPS. It includes any backtracking, double portaging, and canoeing in circles. Rods are from the map and do not include double portaging.