Come and join us for a paddling day trip to the beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area. This is not the official 3rd annual event normally held in Cannon Falls each year but a mere warm up to the season to help rid ourselves of six months worth of pent up cabin fever.
Paddling is encouraged but not required. Kayaking is discouraged as we need as many seats as possible (there are boat limits for groups in the BWCA). If you don't own a canoe, find a friend with an open spot in a boat or utilize the outfitter service at the Sawbill Lake landing.
Where: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, at Sawbill Lake landing N47 51.866 W90 53.244.
When: Saturday May 29th, 2010 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Who: Any geocachers, paddlers, paddling geocachers, families, friends, ALL are welcome! It might be wise to come in groups sized properly to fill boats.
General Event Info:
- We welcome everyone to join us.
- There are numerous campgrounds in the surrounding area. I ALREADY have my campsite reserved at Tetteguche State Park for the weekend. I will be at campsite 20E.
- Morning pastries and some unknown brand and flavor of coffee will be provided.
- If you continue on to paddle following the event, bring your own picnic: that includes your own meal and drinks. Whatever you bring, you carry it in and then you carry out ALL leftovers and trash. Garbage collection is NOT provided.
- ANYONE wishing to continue on after the event to paddle must read, understand, and obey ALL of the rules and regulations for entering this wilderness area.
- I've tapped the incredible adventures of those before us (King Boreas and Jrest) and have massive amounts of notes, routes, and advice in order to make this adventure safe and fun.
- If you paddle, it is Minnesota state law that says to bring BRING life preservers. I also believe children are mandated by law to wear them. Be responsible for yourself. You will be attending this event and the paddle that follows at your own free will. Therefore you can hold no one else responsible or liable other than yourself for the dangers involved. You paddle and geocache at your own risk.
- Admission and parking is FREE! (unless you paddle and boat or equipment rental is required)
- Following the morning event, everyone is welcome to join my group to paddle to the famous Mystical Dolman Rock (GC587F) N47 55.202 W90 54.580. Following that, you may also join us on the paddle to the nearby virtual geocache Kelly-Jack (GC2878) N47 53.319 W90 47.834.
- Come prepared for "changing" weather. This IS Minnesota, ya know.
- CARPOOLING FROM CAMPSITES to the event IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. THE LEAST AMOUNT OF CARS PARKED IN AND AROUND THE WILDERNESS, THE BETTER.
- Unless there is electrical activity in the sky or a freak blizzard blows in, this event WILL take place RAIN-OR-SHINE. Plan accordingly.
Schedule: (this schedule will evolve somewhat as we confirm details)
- 7:30 AM: Morning Meet and Greet at the Sawbill Lake landing N47 51.804 W90 53.257. Coffee and morning pastries provided. MapSource estimates the drive from Tetteguche State Park to Sawbill Lake landing as being exactly an hour. PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
- 8:15 AM: Raffle for a door prize. You must be present to win.
- 8:30 AM: SHARP. Event complete. Depart Sawbill Lake for Dolman Rock. The route from Sawbill Lake landing to the Dolman Rock is approximately 4.5 paddling miles. I estimate the paddle to take, in ideal conditions, less than three hours.
- 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM: Arrive at Dolman Rock. Explore, geocache, group photograph.
- 11:30 AM: Depart Dolman Rock.
- 2:00 PM: Arrive back at Sawbill Lake landing. Move boats to Baker Lake landing N47 50.717 W90 49.058.
- 2:30 PM: Depart Baker Lake landing for Kelly-Jack. The route from Baker Lake landing to Kelly-Jack is approximately 3.5 miles. I estimate the paddle to take, in ideal conditions, to be 2 hours.
- 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM: Arrive at Kelly-Jack. Explore, geocache, group photograph.
- 5:00 PM: Depart Kelly-Jack.
- 7:00 PM: BWCA adventure over. Bart's group will rendezvous back at camp for dinner. All are free to join us. However, bring your own eats and maybe a dessert to pass. Bart will be grilling chicken for his family.
If you join us at the event, it is important in a group setting to stay focused with the task at hand. With more bodies will be more socializing. Those paddling will have a lot of ground to cover in order to return at a reasonable hour. Hint hint.. let's not inadvertently hijack the paddling adventure following the event.
If you are planning on joining us, log a "will attend" on this page, with how many will be coming, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I also recommend adding to your log your camping details. If you need to rent a boat or equipment, I HIGHLY recommend contacting the Sawbill Outfitters for availability, reservations, etc. I will be bringing my own boat so will NOT be managing any details with the outfitter. Put this cache on your watch list so you will be informed of all the updates.
- Confirm Sawbill Outfitters can shuttle paddlers to Baker Lake. CONFIRMED. Confirmed by using the Sawbill Outfitters website that they can provide transportation between Sawbill and Baker Lakes. It is $40 per van load of paddlers. I still need to put them on alert that we'll be in the area and will need services.
- Confirm the size of our group. A call to the state forest office in Tofte, MN stated groups are limited to 6 boats and 12 people but another website indicates a 4 boat, 9 person limit. If we exceed this, we may have to go as two different groups following the event. CONFIRMED. There is a 4 boat, 9 person limit per group. We will for sure have to break up into groups. If the group grows too large we could be in jeopardy of violating wilderness rules.
- Confirm day trip permit process. COMPLETED. Day permits required for each group but permits are FREE and self issuing at each official landing. Look for kiosk.
Bflentje and his geocaching family will be camping at Tetteguche State Park the entire weekend. Our campsite is 20E and the reservation has already been confirmed. On Sunday, we have caching plans that anyone is free to join us on. However, because of the distance needing to be covered, I'd prefer to follow my goals which are the following:
- We will be completing the State Park Critter geocaches along the north shore, excluding Tetteguche and Jay Cook, which will be done on Friday. We will be driving to the top at Grand Portage and working our way down.
- On our way south, there will be a quick stop in Grand Marais to grab some World Famous donuts.
- Besides state park caches, we will be grabbing a select few other higher profile caches along the way including any earthcaches.
- The goal is to be back in the area soon enough to complete the Black's Beach and Silver Island Treasure caches BEFORE dark.
Click here to view last year's event listing
Click here to see pictures from last year's event
Click here to see the FIRST ANNUAL event listing
Click here to see pictures from the FIRST ANNUAL event
Any questions or suggestions? Send me a private message through geocaching.com with your input.
SEE YOU THERE!!