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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!