Our beloved Sag!
Saganaga Lake is queen among the more than one thousand lakes and streams of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. She is both the deepest and largest lake in the BWCAW and has an abundance of islands and inlets to explore. Her size provides a big water kayaking adventure, yet those countless islands and inlets offer an intimacy that can’t be found with other sea kayaking experiences.
And it is this intimacy that makes the Saganaga Sea Kayaking Adventure so special and unique. Only four kayaks total are allowed on each Sag tour and there are no portages, so it is perfect for novice kayakers or anyone who wants a fun and fast excursion.
We are already planing our Sag trips for 2019
And you can come with us! We custom-design this tour when it is booked. That means you pick the dates. You give us input on the menu. You determine the pace of the trip. Yes, it really is all about you, so call us at 218-387-3136 to design your own Sag kayaking tour.
The cost of the Saganaga Lake Kayaking Tour begins at $725/person. The trip includes all necessary food, gear, entry fees and transportation to and from the Saganaga landing. Guests are responsible for securing their own accommodations in or around Grand Marais the night prior to the trip, as well as the night after returning to Grand Marais, if desired. There is a mandatory gear check the night before we leave, so each guest needs to be available on that date.
Day before the tour: All participants meet at Stone Harbor to go over gear, rules of the BWCA, expectations and questions. Then we load the boats and tour gear so everything is set for the morning.
Day 1: Travel from Stone Harbor to the Sag landing (we have coffee and donuts for the drive). Your guide provides a preliminary paddling lesson for anyone who needs it and then you are off! This is a light paddling day, which gives you time to set up camp north of Sag corridor. Are you new to the BWCA? No worries–your guide can teach you all about BWCA camping etiquette. Then you can swim, have dinner and relax.
Day 2: Explore Saganaga by kayak, hopscotching around the islands or exploring Devil Walk Bay or Red Rock Bay. Tonight you are camping in the western part of Saganaga.
Day 3: We spend the day kayaking the far west end of Saganaga, looping into the lakes that can be reached without portaging or dropping down into Red Rock Bay. Then it’s another night of swimming, dinner and relaxing.
Day 4: Paddle back to the Sag landing, seeking the islands or bays we missed on day 2. After we load up the van and trailer, we head back to Grand Marais and arrive at Stone Harbor by 5:00.
Please note: this is a typical itinerary. Your guide may need to make changes based on weather conditions.
Packing ListWhat We Provide
- Kayak and kayak accessories
- Transportation from our store to the Saganaga Lake landing
- All necessary cooking and base camp equipment (we won’t make you whittle your own fork)
- Wetsuit (or bring your own)
- Wetsuit shoes (or bring your own)
- Sleeping bag (or bring your own)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (or bring your own)
- Tent (or bring your own)
- Dry bags (or bring your own)
Recommended Packing List
- Swim suit
- Short sleeve quick-dry shirt (example: Rab Aeon Tee)
- Long sleeve quick-dry shirt (example: NRS HydroSilk Shirt)
- Quick-dry shorts
- Paddling footwear (lightweight, quick-drying water shoes; sandals are ok but no flip-flops)
- Hat with wide brim (for sun & rain protection)
- Fleece, wool or synthetic beanie
- Polarized sunglasses & strap
- Paddling gloves (recommended to prevent blisters and sunburn)
- Convertible quick-dry pants (not jeans)
- Long sleeve camp shirt
- Fleece jacket
- Lightweight hiking shoes, or other shoes to stay dry
- Wool or synthetic socks (forget cotton!)
- Breathable rain gear top & bottom (no ponchos please, as it is difficult to swim in them in case of an upset)
- Something comfy to sleep in, if you like
- Base layer (top & bottom)
- Bug dope
- Headlamp or flashlight, with extra batteries
- Water bottle or hydration pack
- Optional: favorite book or other things to do during quiet time
- Optional: camera in a waterproof, protective case
- If needed: medications
- If needed: eye glasses and/or contact lenses and spare
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Quick-dry towel (example: Sea to Summit Dry Lite Towel)
- Mild soap & shampoo (remember: all suds will end up in the ground! We recommend Dr. Bronner’s)
- Hand lotion
- Comb (if you care)
- You can bring fishing gear if you want but remember: you catch ’em, you clean ’em. Sag is famous for her plentiful fish, including northern pike, walleye, lake trout, smallmouth bass and lake whitefish.
- You need a Minnesota fishing license to fish in the Boundary Waters. Check out the Minnesota DNR web site for specifics.
Are you missing something from the equipment list? All participants receive a 10% discount at Stone Harbor on the day before the trip.
All Stone Harbor tours and instruction require active, physical participation on the part of the guest. You must sign the Stone Harbor Guided Tours and Instructional Activities Waiver and Release of Liability form and the Stone Harbor Confidential Medical History form prior to participating in any Stone Harbor tour or instruction. Please call us at 218-387-3136 if you have any questions about the physical requirements or the risks associated with the activities.
We are committed to your safety. Our safety policy can be found here.