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Late September Sawbill loop
by Ajoutdoors

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 09/22/2019
Entry & Exit Point: Sawbill Lake (EP 38)
Number of Days: 6
Group Size: 4
Trip Introduction:
I brought 3 friends that have never experienced the Boundary Waters. We put in at Sawbill Lake and camped on Burnt, North Temperance, Cherokee, and Sawbill Lakes. After several solos, this was my first group trip in quite some time.
Day 1 of 6
Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sawbill-Smoke-Burnt-Flame-Burnt 5 miles, 4 hours of travel

We put in at Sawbill around 10 am. The temps were mid 60s with light winds. We traveled through Smoke and Burnt and went to scout the lone campsite on Flame. It was occupied. On one of the portages we saw around 12? people but they were all heading out. We ended up staying on Burnt. The afternoon brought rain showers off and on but in the evening the wind died down, the rain stopped, and we had a nice fire. We all brought steaks to cook on the grate and enjoyed and nice night. An interesting note: All of the permits (14) were booked for Sawbill today. This was surprising but we neither passed nor were overtaken by anybody. The crowds at Sawbill were minimal. Maybe they arrived later.