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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: September 2012
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9/30/12 - Crew member Luke's family came up to Sawbill for a visit this weekend. His parents, Nancy and Craig Opel, and their granddaughter, Luke's niece, Olivia Opel, are camping at Sawbill for two nights and plan to paddle around and marvel at the fall colors during the day. - Crista

Luke with Olivia, Nancy, and Craig Opel.

9/30/12 - Here at Sawbill, we are forced to find ways to entertain ourselves as the nights get longer and colder. Last night, we played two rousing games of Guesstures. Two teams of four flaunted imitation skills for points and ultimate bragging rights. - Crista

Bill suggesting something small and...confusing?

Myself ingeniously reiterating the word "cow" simply through movement.

Leif's best attempt at the word "flag" resulting in utter silence from teammates.

9/29/12 - Here is last week's edition of the Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio. - Bill

9/28/12 -

Superior National Forest
September 27, 2012
Contact: Kris Reichenbach, 218-626-4393

Forest Service Lifts Campfire Restrictions in BWCAW and Re-opens Areas in Knife Lake Area

Due to cooling temperatures and shorter days, the Forest Service is lifting restrictions that previously limited the hours for campfires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Wilderness visitors may now use campfires, charcoal, and wood-burning camp stoves at all hours of the day.

Forest managers have also determined that it is safe to re-open the area inside the BWCAW along the Canadian border and around Knife Lake to public use. Reconnaissance of the Emerald Lake/Ft. Frances #59 wildfire indicated very little evidence of active fire behavior. The area inside the BWCAW was closed earlier this month while the fire was actively burning on the Canadian side. Fire crews will continue to monitor the fire area.

Dry, sunny weather is inviting visitors to the Forest to view fall colors and for early hunting season. Forest managers ask that everyone continues to be extra careful with all open fires as conditions are still dry in the woods.

For updates regarding conditions on the Superior National Forest, please check the Forest web site at: .

9/25/12 - This morning Tyler and Carl went out grouse hunting and came back with nine birds between the two of them.

The boys showing off their birds. These will make quite a feast! - Anna

9/22/12 -

If you look very carefully at this picture, you will see the first snow flakes of the season. It's been cool and wet around here for the last few days, but warm sunshine is on the way. - Bill

9/20/12 - Here is last week's Cook County West End News from WTIP, North Shore Community Radio. - Bill

9/18/12 - Our good friend and talented songwriter, Jerry Vandiver, has written another good canoeing themed song. "Me and Molly" is a celebration of canoeing with a dog. Jerry wants to create a slide show for YouTube, accompanied by the studio version of the song, featuring great pictures of canoeing dogs. If you have a picture for him, send them to - Bill

9/14/12 - We've had two bits of Sawbill history, in the form of historic photos, walk through the door in the last two days. Here are two of the pictures:

Dennis and Karole Dejung,from Raymond, Minnesota stopped in yesterday with an envelope full of pictures taken by Dennis' father Andrew when he was enrolled in the Sawbill Camp of the Civilian Conservation Corps sometime in the 1930s. This photo had a note on the back saying "Canoe on Sawbill Lake."

Roger Dudero, from Minneapolis, dropped off a handful of old, black and white post cards that he sent to his parents from Sawbill Lodge in 1956. This is a picture of "Uno," the wooden man who stood in Sawbill Creek and "made the creek flow" with his paddle wheel. He was a fixture for tourist photos for at least 20 years. We still have Uno, but he is retired from creek duty and lives, kind of creepily, in our wood shed.

9/10/12 - Tim and Charles Petricek, who are very frequent Sawbill campers and have a great eye for wildlife, got these fabulous pictures last weekend. - Bill

I wanted to share some nice pictures of a bull moose we spotted last weekend. This bull moose was actually following a cow moose across the lake while we were fishing. We weren't able to get a photo of the cow, but the bull looked awesome especially with the branch still stuck in his antler! My dad, Charles Petricek, took the photos. Thanks again to you and Sawbill Canoe Outfitters for making experiences like this possible for us city folk.
Timothy Petricek
Racine, WI





9/8/12 - The Forest Service has announced that all the fires in the BWCA Wilderness are out or contained. The announcement came before the steady, cold rain that is falling right now. The forecast is dry for the next week so conditions for canoe trips and camping should be excellent as we head into the fall color season. - Bill

9/7/12 - A partial fire ban has been declared in the BWCA Wilderness by the Forest Service. Fires are allowed between 7 pm and midnight. They are not allowed at any other time during the day.

There are a number of small fires in the wilderness, but they're all far from Sawbill. It is actually fairly damp around here, with pretty normal rainfall all summer. All the fires are being aggressively contained. - Bill

9/3/12-Happy Labor Day! As we move into September, there are signs that Autumn is coming to Sawbill. Some fall color has already started appearing in the leaves. Peak fall color is predicted to occur in late September to early October around Sawbill, which is only a few weeks from now. It looks like it will be a beautiful out there! -Britta

Some yellow snuck into the greens around Sawbill Lake.

This leaf got a jump-start on falling.

The brilliant red tree pictured here can be seen from the Sawbill Trail.

9/2/12-One week ago today crew member Leif Gilsvik participated in the Superior Man Triathlon. This triathlon consists of a 1.2 mile swim in Lake Superior and a 56 mile bike mainly along scenic Highway 61 from Duluth to Two Harbors and back. It ends with a 13.1 mile run around the city of Duluth. This is the first year the triathlon has been held, but Superior Man 2013 is already in the works. Leif completed the entire race in an impressive 6 hours and 7 minutes. He says that he absolutely plans to do more triathlons in the future. -Britta

Leif biking in the Superior Man Triathlon.

9/1/12-Last night Sawbill celebrated the blue moon in style with live music, as it is Fish n' Pick weekend. Fish n' Pick weekend is the weekend when a group of friends all involved in bluegrass music come up to Sawbill to fish and play together. They've been coming over Labor Day weekend for years to relax and jam. We loved to hear them, and it was a great way to enjoy a night out under the second full moon of the month. -Britta

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The musical scene at the campfire last night. Photo by Carl Hansen, all rights reserved.

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Sawbill's own Bill Hansen joined Fish n' Pick on his dobro. Photo by Carl Hansen, all rights reserved.

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The blue moon lit up the night sky. Photo by Carl Hansen, all rights reserved.

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