Seagull Lake to Saganaga Lake (Border Route)

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Following the U.S./Canadian border by looping from Seagull Lake to Saganaga Lake (or vice versa) makes a great trip with excellent fishing for walleye, bass, northern pike and lake trout. Some larger lakes make it possible to see a lot of land without excessive portaging.  This route takes you along the US/Canada border but no passports are needed as you will be traveling and camping on the US side.

US Forest Service entry permit needed (route can be done in either direction): #54 Seagull Lake – or – #55 Saganaga Lake

Maps for this route –

  • Fisher Maps – F32
  • McKenzie Maps – 6 & 8 & 26 – or – T3

(Route lines are an approximation and should not be used for navigation.)

Start this route from the Seagull lake landing

  • Portage 100 rods into Alpine Lake– 21 campsites
  • Portage 45 rods into Jasper Lake – 7 campsites
  • Portage 25 rods into Kingfisher Lake
  • Portage 38 rods into Ogishkemuncie Lake – 11 campsites
  • Portage 15 rods into Annie Lake
  • Portage 15 rods into Jenny Lake– 2 campsites
  • Portage 15 rods into Eddy Lake – 3 campsites
  • Portage 25 rods into South Arm Knife Lake – this large lake has numerous campsites and places to explore.
  • Portage 120 rods into Hanson Lake – 4 campsites
  • Paddle through into Ester Lake – 5 campsites
  • Portage 80 rods into Ottertrack Lake – 5 campsites
  • Portage 80 rods into Swamp Lake – Monument Portage travels along the international border.
  • Portage 5 rods into Saganaga Lake – Once on Saganaga your group can paddle back to the public landing or Tuscarora can pick your group up in our tow boats which can save up to six hours of paddling.

If you want to extend this route,  continue along South Arm Knife lake:

  • Continue paddling west then turn north east into Knife lake
  • Portage 50 rods into Ottertrack lake
  • Portage 80 rods into Swamp lake – Monument Portage travels along the international border.
  • Portage 5 rods into Saganaga lake – Once on Saganaga your group can paddle back to the public landing or Tuscarora can pick your group up in our tow boats which can save up to six hours of paddling for an additional charge.

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Snapshots from this route

Seagull Lake looking south

Seagull Lake looking south

Boundary Waters portage Cavity Lake fire 2006

Seagull/Alpine portage looking towards Seagull

Waterfall along Alpine/Jasper portage eastern Boundary Waters

Jasper Falls in high water

Saganaga Lake U.S. Canada Border Lake Boundary Waters Quetico

Saganaga Lake

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