Chainsaw Sisters Saloon

Chainsaw Sisters Saloon, Minnesota. Photo: William PoolePhoto credit: William Poole

The Trust for Public Land purchased a remote, backwoods watering hole known as the Chainsaw Sisters Saloon to secure a key access point to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness- a 1.3-million-acre maze of lakes, streams, forested islands, and more than 1200 miles of canoe routes in Superior National Forest. Located 18 miles northeast of Ely, Minnesota, at the end of a 6-mile-long dirt road, this Mudro Lake wilderness entry came on the market a few years ago, when the longtime owners of the saloon decided to move to town. Forest Service managers and Boundary Waters enthusiasts were concerned that with land values rising, the saloon site could be sold for a large second home and the entry point could be permanently closed. We acquired the property in partnership with the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and in 2009 conveyed it to the Forest Service when federal funds became available.

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