Savanna Portage State Park
August 14-15, 2004
Savanna Portage may be the best kept secret in MN. What a great St. Park! There is great hiking, canoeing, lots of history, and plenty of wildlife. The park is located on the continental divide. The name comes from a portage the early explorers used. You can, of course, hike it.
We hiked into a site on the continental divide. A spit on one side of the camp site goes to the Great Lakes basin and into the Atlantic. A spit to the other side goes the Mississippi basin and into the Gulf of Mexico. (We each spit both ways, of course.)
Some info and a view from the above look-out through the binoculars.
We picked and ate wild raspberries for about an hour on a hike Sat. night.
Savanna Portage has the best hike-in sites we have ever found. Firewood was available along with enclosures, supposedly for X-country skiers. Each site also had benches and a leveled spot for the tent.
Here I am.
Here I am again cooking a meal. You can tell because I am so much happier.
We found a great spot to chase turtles with the canoe. I nearly caught one. I had it in my hands, but it slipped out at the last minute. I miss Speedo.
We even took some picks of them through the binoculars.
Lots of terrain changes, this is the first forest bog we have experienced.
The trees in the background are estimated to be 100 years old. The growing conditions are very poor for pine although there was lots of other plants we had never seen before.
A panorama of the forest bog.
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