Sawbill Lake Loop

Grand Marais, Minnesota

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This trip takes you through some large, busy lakes to a series of smaller, seldom visited lakes and the wild and remote Frost River system. Moose gravitate to the Frost River region and a dozen adults have been sighted on a single trip. The scenery is spectacular. Lake trout, walleyes, or northern pike are found in most all of the lakes. This trip is for the physically fit or groups with discretionary time. Put in on 944-acre Sawbill Lake and paddle north toward the Ada Creek Portage. The lake is about 5 miles long, and it might take more than half a day to reach Ada Creek. Negotiate the two 80-rod portages on Ada Creek, pass through Skoop Lake, and continue north to the 189-rod portage to Cherokee Creek. Cherokee Creek leads to Cherokee Lake, which has about twenty campsites and offers a place to camp for the first night.
Paddling the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park

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Paddling the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park

by James Churchill (Falcon Guides)

This trip takes you through some large, busy lakes to a series of smaller, seldom visited lakes and the wild and remote Frost River system. Moose gravitate to the Frost River region and a dozen adults have been sighted on a single trip. The scenery is spectacular. Lake trout, walleyes, or northern pike are found in most all of the lakes. This trip is for the physically fit or groups with discretionary time.

Put in on 944-acre Sawbill Lake and paddle north toward the Ada Creek Portage. The lake is about 5 miles long, and it might take more than half a day to reach Ada Creek. Negotiate the two 80-rod portages on Ada Creek, pass through Skoop Lake, and continue north to the 189-rod portage to Cherokee Creek. Cherokee Creek leads to Cherokee Lake, which has about twenty campsites and offers a place to camp for the first night.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Grand Marais
Distance: 33
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5 to 7 days
Class: Class I
Season: May through September, depending on weather
Local Contacts: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Tofte Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Kelso Mountain, Cherokee Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Sawbill Lake Loop

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