Canoe BWCA’s Saganaga Lake and Surroundings

Thursday, Aug 18, 2022 - 9:00 am through Friday, Aug 26, 2022 - 9:00 pm

Open for sign up
Leader: Scott Olsen

Event Information


Explore one of the largest lakes in the BWCA by canoe. We plan to take about a week paddling starting at Saganaga Lake at the end of the Gunflint Trail during the second part of August.  The loop includes the US/Canadian border lakes, Ester Lake, Hanson Lake, the south arm of Knife Lake and Seagull lake.  Other loops are possible depending on the consensus of the group and the weather.  We expect to paddle 5 to 10 miles per day with several portages per day. The number of, length of and terrain of the portages usually dictates the trip difficulty.  

We will depart on August 18 in the morning. We drive one day or about 9 hours to reach the Trails End National Forest Campground at the end of the Gunflint Trail. We are on the water the morning of August 19th. Paddling ends on August 25th and we expect to be back in Madison on August 25 or 26th. Three canoes and 6 people is the anticipated size of the group.  Priority will be given to drivers who can transport a canoe or have first aid training. We will bring 2 Hoofers canoes and rent one from an outfitter. We will enter the BWCA at entry point 55 which is the location of Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. You are encouraged to be part of the planning team and learn how to organize a trip like this for the future.

Costs will include transportation, food, one night at a campground, an entry permit, nightly BWCA camping fees and perhaps other miscellaneous costs. The total is expected to be around $250 per person.

A swim rating and a quiet water rating are required.  Consider canoeing and appropriate paddling exercises prior to the trip. Weekly canoeing prior to the trip is encouraged. Consider practicing carrying a 60 pound canoe for a half hour on your shoulders a few times as well.

Event Type
Trip (off-site, ratings may be achieved)
Accommodation Information
Trail End Campground and various BWCA camping sites
Driving or Travel Details
The BWCA entry and exit point, #55 end of Gunflint trail MN, is about 9 hours from Madison.
Food and Equipment Information
One canoe is rented and two will be from Hoofers. Food will be planned with the group.
Trip Cancellation, Reschedule, and Refund Information
If the trip is cancelled it will not be rescheduled, at least not this year.
Trip Purpose/Goals
To see and enjoy a lake rich part of nature. Fishing is an option.

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