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Sawbill Newsletter Archives: October 2017
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10/29/17 - Before the last of our summer crew departed to their various winter destinations, we made sure to celebrate a busy and beautiful fall with the annual pumpkin carving party. This fall has been one to enjoy - warm days full of paddling, hunting, and outfitting BWCA visitors.

L-R: Tyler's Jack Skellington, Britta's arabic cat, Jessica's goofball, Elena's campsite, Clare's starry night sky, Jesse's traditional Jack 'o Lantern, Dan's subtle abstract, Heidi's Ursa Major, and Tess's moose.

Fall, though, seems to have abruptly left us. While much of the North Shore of Lake Superior got hit with big wind and waves, we at Sawbill experienced our first winter storm. Seven inches of snow fell overnight on Thursday, and by all appearances, it is here to stay. Typically we have a few snow falls that melt away before winter really sets in. The forecast for the next week though shows all freezing temperatures and more snow expected.

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Dan and Clare's backyard looking ready for snowmen and skiing!

The canoes have all been put into winter storage, and our store is buttoned up. We are here year round, and will be answering phones and email whenever we aren't out skiing. We are still refurbishing used kevlar canoes for sale, and will post them on this website, under the Sawbill Store tab, as they are ready. The lakes haven't frozen over yet, and I don't expect they will until late November. Opportunities to paddle the lakes while the forest is so snowy are limited, so now is the time if you want to see the frozen woods from a canoe!


10/12/17 - Fall color is in full swing here at Sawbill, but so is the frosty fall weather! Due to freezing temperatures at night, the Forest Service shut off water in the Sawbill and Crescent Campgrounds today. If you made a reservation for any sites on these two campgrounds and would like a refund, please go through Additionally, the Temperance Campground is now closed. The Outfitters is still open for business for those hardy souls who want to come and enjoy the season! - Britta

A recent visitor, Matt Eidenschink, caught these colors while paddling around Sawbill Lake.

10/1/17 - It's hard to believe it, but October is here! Leaves are changing all up and down the Sawbill Trail, and the temperature at night has reached 34 degrees! The key to fall camping is layers.

Aspens on the Sawbill Trail.

As of today, you no longer have to reserve a permit for overnight camping in the Boundary Waters. Simply fill out one of the paper permits at the entry point landing, keep the top copy for yourself and file the other in the designated box.

The sun sets on September.

The sun is setting pretty early these days, so be sure to get out on the water by mid-afternoon if not earlier to get your camp set up before dark.

Happy October! - Elena

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