A Passion for Paddling
Exploring the canoe country of northern Minnesota and Ontario: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park.
Scenes from the first spring paddle in northeastern MN's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. These days, ice goes out on BWCA lakes some time between mid-April and mid-May. Despite the cold water, canoe trips before green-up are peaceful and beautiful. Photo shows Ham Lake campsite, a dispersed "backcountry" site in the Superior National Forest.
Printable Boundary Waters Trip Planning Checklist - BWCA/Quetico Trip Preparation Worksheet. You know you want to go on the Boundary Waters canoe trip this summer. Now what? Stressing about deciding on a canoe, booking your permit, reserving your canoe and camping equipment? When can you arrive at the outfitters? Should you book a bunkhouse? This printable BWCA trip guide walks you step by step through canoe trip planning, right up to pulling into your outfitters' parking lot!
Need help choosing between a Boundary Waters or a Quetico canoe trip? This handy BWCA vs. Quetico infographic breaks down the distinguishing factors - cost, fishing regulations, campsite differences, etc - between these two renowned paddling and fishing areas in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Ontario.
Moose are a magnificent sight in the Boundary Waters and on the Gunflint Trail in northeastern MN. Want to see moose on your next trip "up north?" Watch carefully for Alces Alces, especially in low swampy areas. Remember, this large mammal prefers temperatures under 60 degrees Fahrenheit, so you're most likely to see moose at dawn and dusk in the summer months. Keep your eyes peeled in the winter, when moose like to venture into the middle of the Gunflint Trail road to lick salt out of the r...
Travel north via an old Voyageur route along the Granite River from Gunflint Lake to Saganaga Lake in the BWCA. This fairly easy, scenic trip with some rapids has fabulous fishing for smallmouth bass, walleyes and northern pike. Great fishing, easy portages, beautiful waterfalls - this is a great first-time, beginner Boundary Waters canoe trip route.
Printable Boundary Waters Packing List for personal gear, clothes, and other personal items to help you pack light and portage smart on your BWCAW/Quetico canoe trip. Helpful if you're doing a complete outfitted trip where the canoe, food, and camping gear is all taken care of. Remember, you have to carry everything you pack and only the food pack gets lighter!
Planning a first time Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness canoe trip adventure can be daunting, but there's no more rewarding way to see the Upper Midwest than paddling your own canoe in the BWCA and Quetico Provincial Park. Use a series of questions to learn which canoe route is best for you and your specific needs.