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9/03/15 - Everyone is coming up to visit Sawbill

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 11:18am

9/03/15 - Everyone is coming up to visit Sawbill this Labor Day weekend- even the wildlife! In the past few days, we've had sighting reports of a bull moose, wolf, and bobcat near Sawbill, although completely outside of our store and campground areas. Unfortunately, the animals didn't feel the need to stop for a photo shoot as they were busy minding their own business so no pictures were taken. The best time to try and see wildlife is around dusk and dawn- the bull moose and wolf were both sighted on the trail before 8 am. And of course, if you happen to get pictures of some of our furrier locals, we'd love to see them. - Britta


This Spotted Tussock Moth caterpillar was a little easier to capture on camera, especially since it decided to hitch a ride on Ana's arm.

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9/02- Last Saturday night, lucky Sawbill campers

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 7:49pm

9/02- Last Saturday night, lucky Sawbill campers were able to peer out of their tents and view the smoky orange supermoon lighting up the sky above their heads. A supermoon is when the moon is in its closest orbital position to Earth and also is full, resulting in a moon that is brighter and larger seeming than normal. Coming up this month is the very rare occurence of a lunar eclipse during a supermoon, which is set to happen on the night of September 27th. The last time these two events coincided was in 1982. - Britta


The supermoon peaking out from behind some pine trees.

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8/28/15 - This Friday, Sawbill is having a flashback

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 1:44pm

8/28/15 - This Friday, Sawbill is having a flashback with former crew members. A number of former crew are back at Sawbill working, either for another season, or just for a few days while they visit. It's great to see what's going on in their lives now, and their help is always appreciated. Of course, if seeing pictures of the wonderful time the crew is having in the roll and put pile inspires nostalgia in any other former crew, come up and visit! You're always more than welcome here. - Britta


From left to right- Top: Brian, Nils John with Roy, Cindy, Ana, Jessica and Britta. Bottom: Buck and Andy with Phoebe. Photo credit to Claire.


The former crew members have some fun and laughs in the roll and put pile.

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8/25/15 - Although our Kevlar canoes are much lighter

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 8:46pm

8/25/15 - Although our Kevlar canoes are much lighter than the more traditional wooden and aluminum canoes, the idea of wearing a fifty pound watercraft as a hat still daunts some people. However, we had one undaunted customer this week by the name of Hattie, an enterprising youth who wanted to carry the canoe by herself. She needed a little help getting the canoe up, but after that, she was ready to hit the trails with her new piece of headgear! As Hattie shows, one of the most important parts of exploring the BWCA isn't your age or experience, but your attitude. -Britta


With her canoe cap and warm clothing, Hattie is properly attired for adventure. Photo by Brian Henry.

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8/21/15 - Tom Doremus, long time Sawbill canoeist, sent along this note and picture today

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 9:54am

8/21/15 - Tom Doremus, long time Sawbill canoeist, sent along this note and picture today:

Hi Sawbill,

I was going through my dad's things (He passed way last year), and found this. I thought it was cool. Don't know if you guys still have such a thing.

He did love Sawbill and the boundary waters, and so do I. I hope to see you later in Sept.

Tom Doremus


My dad, Frank Hansen, created these certificates back in the '70s. He gave them to people who experienced a lot of bad weather on their trip. We still use the embossed canoe on our stationary, although without the gold leaf. - Bill

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8/20/15 - Loon Count

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 5:32pm

8/20/15 - We recently received an email from Steve Gendron, who has been volunteering to count loons for the Minnesota Loon Watch, a program through the DNR, for over 20 years. He became well-known by the crew when his dog Bode went missing on his annual loon-counting trip. Below is his email, along with a picture he attached.

Hello Bill and the Sawbillians. Sorry for the slow response on the results of the loon counting, but here goes: Sawbill lake 4 adults, 1 juvenile, Smoke Lake 2 adults, Flame Lake 0, and Burnt Lake 2 adults.

Included is a photo of our dog Bode, who of course ran off from us on the Burnt lake portage June 29. Bode spent 10 nights in the BWCA/Superior National Forest before going into a campsite at Nine Mile Lake, 25 to 30 miles away from where we lost him. Since his return to us, he's become friends with many dogs at "doggie day care" in Minneapolis and is learning basic commands and social skills- mooching cereal, lounging on furniture, and wearing sunglasses and "chilling".

Thanks again for all the assistance we received,
Steve Gendron

Thanks for the email, Steve! We're glad to hear Bode is doing so well. - Elena

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