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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: March 2017
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3/28/17 - Let the ice measuring begin! When we encountered a lake covered in large puddles at the start of our daily cross country ski, we thought it prudent to measure the ice before venturing too far. Lest you worry about us, there are still 24 inches of solid ice with about 4 inches of hard packed slush and snow on top of that. Our ski was a sloppy one, with soaking socks to prove it. With temperatures in the high 40's and the sun shining the sky was reflected perfectly in the large pools of standing water. It felt for all the world like we were skiing on the sky.

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Who needs pushups when you can auger through 24" of ice?


3/16/17 - It's still winter up at Sawbill. The lake ice is thick, and the surface is pretty slick thanks to the warm weather and freezing nights. There is a nice ribbon of windswept snow along the eastern shore though, allowing us to squeeze in some skiing.

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Dan, Kit and Huck enjoying some much needed Vitamin D.

3/3/17 - If you got your permit through us last summer, chances are we asked you to fill out a short survey. The survey was studying the economic impact of visitors to the BWCAW, commissioned by Friends of the Boundary Waters in partnership with Conservation Economics Institute and Quetico-Superior Foundation. The results are in, and they are astounding! The study, conducted during the 2016 summer tourism season, found that out-of-region visitors spent $57 million in the three surrounding counties: Cook, Lake and St. Louis. This spending led to the creation of nearly 1,000 jobs and overall economic output of $77 million in one summer season.

Joe Friedrichs, of our local radio station WTIP, recently did a great feature on the study, which you can listen to here.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out and return the survey! We are happy to know that the data supports what we've always known to be true; visitors to the BWCA are a major economic driver in our region.

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