Thank you Voyageur Canoe Outfitters for providing us with a canoe and bringing it to our Boundary Waters launch point at the beginning of June. You guys are awesome. Here are some highlights of our trip that wouldn't be possible without you guys. http://www.bwcaadventures.com/seagull-lake-to-saganaga-lake-trip-report/
Name: BWCA Adventures
Voyage: Boundary Waters Canoe Trip
Thank you Voyageur Canoe Outfitters for providing us with a canoe and bringing it to our Boundary Waters launch point at the beginning of June. You guys are awesome. Here are some highlights of our trip that wouldn't be possible without you guys. http://www.bwcaadventures.com/seagull-lake-to-saganaga-lake-trip-report/
The dates are set for our BWCA canoe camping tips for Women and we'd love to have you be a part of one. If you have ever wanted to take a Boundary Waters canoe trip then this is the perfect opportunity.
It doesn't matter if you have paddled extensively or if you have never been in a canoe you are welcome to participate in a Voyageur adventure. Our trips are designed so you can learn the necessary skills while you're out enjoying the canoe country with other women. You'll participate in all aspects of the trip including setting up the tent, cooking, cleaning, portaging and of course paddling.
The benefits of the wilderness are many and you'll feel a new sense of confidence after accomplishing a BWCA canoe trip.
You will arrive at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters on the first day of your session to meet the rest of your group and discuss your trip. After your routing session, you will pack up your personal articles and depart for 3 nights of camping and 4 days of paddling in the wilderness. Group participants will return to Voyageur on the 4th day and will spend the night in one of our luxurious Lodge Hideaway units to celebrate their accomplishment. Enjoy breakfast with us in the morning in our main lodge before you head for home with wonderful memories of your wilderness canoe camping experience.
This package has been designed for women by women. This complete outfitting package includes everything you need for a wilderness canoe camping adventure. We provide sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, packs, food, canoe, lifevests, paddles and everything you need. You just bring your personal clothing, toiletry items and fishing gear if you want to fish. We send you a trip preparation packet prior to your trip to help you in the packing of your personal items. In an effort to bring awareness to women's health and to promote an active outdoor lifestyle we include a Pink Paddle made by Wenonah Canoe designed by owner of Voyageur Canoe Outfitter's Sue Prom. This is a lightweight, bent shaft paddle made from graphite that you will get to bring home with you.
We are offering three scheduled Women's Trips for the summer of 2012. Each session features an easy route suitable for beginning paddlers and costs $500. To reserve your space on a trip just call us toll-free at 1-888-CANOEIT, tell us the session you want to participate in and secure your reservation with a deposit of $250.
July 2-6th- arrive & paddle on the 2nd, off water & stay in lodge on 5th, depart on 6th.
July 8-12th- arrive & paddle on the 8th, off water & stay in lodge on 11th, depart on 12th.
*July 15-19th- arrive & paddle on the 15th off & stay in lodge on 18th, depart on 19th. *For women 50 and older.
Hauling hammocks, camp chairs and tables across BWCA portages isn't something I like to do even though I love to have them when I'm camping. I like the comfort they offer and a tent you can stand up in is pure luxury. It seems the older I get the more comfort I crave and the only way to satisfy that craving is to do a base camp canoe trip.
There are quite a few different Boundary Waters entry points to choose from for a base camp trip where you don't have to portage. Saganaga is probably my first choice because I can use a boat and motor or have a towboat haul out some of my gear. This allows maximum comfort including a cooler with ice and cots!
Seagull Lake base camp is a close second choice for setting up a base camp. I love all of the different day trip options there are to choose from. I like to hike the portage into Grandpa or J.A.P. or get a line wet in Alpine or Rog.
East Bearskin Lake and Brule Lake entry points into the BWCA provide nice options for setting up a base camp as do a few of the lakes just outside of the Boundary Waters. Gunflint Lake, Poplar Lake, Birch Lake and Bearskin have wilderness type campsites that do not require a portage to get to or a permit to camp in. Three entry points into the BWCA where you can park your vehicle and then portage into a campsite are Morgan, Ram and Bower Trout Lakes.
If you're looking for comfort, don't want to travel alot or are short on time then check out these base camping in the BWCA favorites of mine.
Minnesota made Wenonah is our favorite Boundary Waters canoe. We love their variety of canoes as they have something for everyone. From their solo canoes like the Prism to their four person Minnesota IV they have a canoe for every group size and type of trip you can imagine. At Voyageur we carry many of their designs and love them all.
The canoe I take out into the BWCA depends upon what type of canoe camping trip I am taking. Obviously if I'm going solo I'll take the Prism or Canak and if I'm going with 3 in the boat then I usually prefer the Minnesota III. However sometimes it's nice to take a Boundary Waters model for a group of 3 because it allows an extra set of hands on the portage.
Do you have a favorite Wenonah Canoe? Tell us what you like about it!
With Memorial Day weekend upon us some folks are looking to get away from the city. Many of them want to flock north but don't think they can take a canoe camping trip into the BWCA with this short of notice. The good news is there are still permits to enter the Boundary Waters available.
While I prefer to take longer canoe camping trips into the BWCA I do on occasion take one night and two night trips into the wilderness. On these trips I prefer to find an entry point lake that doesn't involve a portage to get into. Saganaga and Seagull Lake are my two favorite BWCA lakes for a quick trip.
A few other other entry points I like for a quick Boundary Waters trip are Larch Creek and Crocodile River. With just a little bit of paddling and portaging you can be into a nice lake with good fishing. This is also true for Magnetic Lake for accessing the Granite River.
If you only have the weekend off then don't rule out the BWCA. There are plenty of great lakes to choose from and there are permits available at the last minute for many of them.
The answer to the question, "How do I plan a Boundary Waters Trip?" is very simple, you just call an outfitter, preferably Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. We can help you plan a BWCA canoe trip within a few minutes of speaking with you.
The benefits of using the services of a canoe outfitter to help you plan your Boundary Waters Canoe Trip are endless. We've been outfitting canoe trips into the wilderness for 20 years and we know the lakes and the routes. We know what type of fish are in which lakes, the degree of difficulty of the portages and the best places to camp. We also know where you are most likely to run into a moose and when you're most likely to see people. We can tell you lots of valuable information about planning a Boundary Waters Canoe Trip but you have to give us a call first.
It's our job to outfit folks into the Boundary Waters and to make sure they have a good time and return year after year. We'll help you plan your Boundary Waters trip, we're ready and waiting to do so. 1-888-CANOEIT
Do you have your canoe trip planned for the summer yet? If not then there is still plenty of time to get your BWCA or Quetico Park wilderness adventure on the calendar. There are permits available and summer is just around the corner. We can help you plan a great canoe camping trip.
Our first canoe groups will be heading into the BWCA and Quetico Park later this week. The water temperature is still pretty cold but they have lots of experience so we're not worried about them paddling the wilderness waters. They'll paddle close to the shore, wear their life vests and won't take any chances while out in the canoe country.
The forecast calls for the temperature to reach 70 degrees by Wednesday but then it will drop back into the 50's for the weekend. If I had a clear schedule I think I'd be planning to go camping in the BWCA yet this week. But it will have to wait until after the Ham Run Half-Marathon on Sunday.
I think this is finally the year for an early season Boundary Waters canoe trip. How about you?
If you’re looking for a true wilderness then visit the Boundary Waters in October. BWCA permits are based on a self-issuing process due to the lack of visitors during this month. No people, no bugs but lots of places for you to enjoy the solitude of the BWCA.
The month of October is known as the Harvest Moon and Falling Leaves moon. After the fall colors have reached their peak and dried up then the winds blow the leaves to the forest floor. The decomposing leaves produce the unique smell of fall in the air. The air is somewhat chilly with the average daytime high of 51 degrees and a nighttime average of 32 degrees. The sun can still be hot but the hours of daylight are dwindling and night fills the sky longer.
The night sky is the focus in the Boundary Waters in October. Two different events keep canoeists eyes on the sky during the evenings. The Draconid Meteor Showers are seen at nightfall and occur the 2nd week in October. They are best seen without a moon as are the Orionids. The Orionid meteors are the third week of October and display about 15 meteors per hour and leave long trains. After midnight is the best time to see the Orionids. Be sure to check the calendar to see the exact dates for each year and plan your BWCA trip around them.
The BWCA lakes turn over in October and the water is chilly at around 40 degrees. This is when whitefish and lake trout spawn and large northern pike can be caught. Walleye move shallower once again making them easier to catch.
The Boundary Waters is quiet in October as wildlife prepares for winter. The snowshoe hare will be changing colors as moose and deer enter their rut. Some ducks will be present like the Golden Eyes and Mergansers but soon they along with the loons will leave for warmer temperatures. Snow buntings will appear as the other winged wonders disappear. The Black Bears will be looking for a place to spend the winter months and other animals will be busily preparing for snowfall.
With a little extra caution and clothing October can be a wonderful time to visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Camping can be a bit chilly but the lack of people and ultimate solitude makes October an incredible time to experience the wilderness of the BWCA.
The first couple of weeks in August tend to be a very popular time to canoe camp in the Boundary Waters. Is it because of the never-ending sunlight, lack of bugs, bountiful blueberries or starry night skies? Whatever the reason August is a great time to visit the BWCA.
The days are a bit shorter in August but are still plenty long for paddling the lakes of the Boundary Waters. The lake water is at its warmest for swimming and air temperatures are warm too. The average high temperature is 76.1 degrees, average low 52.4 degrees; perfect conditions for sleeping outside of the tent beneath the stars.
Hang in a hammock between two trees and make yourself cozy. There’s no need for a screen because the bugs are basically non-existent in the BWCA in August. While hanging in the hammock keep an eye on the sky for the Perseid Meteor Shower. Perseid meteors can often be seen as early as July 23, when one meteor every hour or so could be visible. It is possible to see up to five per hour at the beginning of August and when they peak around the 12th of August you could see as many as 50-80 per hour. After the peak the number slowly declines but they offer sky watchers a real treat for the first half of the month. There’s no better place to watch the Perseid meteor shower than in the dark skies of the BWCA.
The light of the moon reflecting off of the lake is another beautiful sight. The month of August is known in Ojibway as the Blueberry Moon. Sometimes blueberries will ripen before August but we’ll almost always have blueberries in the Boundary Waters to pick in August. Along with the blueberries are raspberries, thimbleberries, bunchberries, cranberries and rose hips to pick and enjoy. There’s even some flowers still blooming and they are primarily purple towards the end of the season. Purple Knapweed, Purple Loosestrife and Fireweed are seen in August as are Black-Eyed Susans, Goldenrod and water lilies.
The fishing in the Boundary Waters during August is good. While lake trout go deep the smallmouth bass and northern pike are ready and willing to bite. Walleye can be a little difficult to find but once you find them you’ll catch lots of them.
As if the above reasons weren’t enough to want to visit the Boundary Waters there are other things happening in August such as Monarchs emerging from cocoons, mushrooms ripening, wild rice getting ready to harvest and hummingbirds preparing to migrate. August is indeed a wonderful time to be in the BWCA.
Is mealtime your favorite time when you're camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness? If so, then I bet you have some sort of method of madness for what you put into your BWCA food pack. I have a method of my own when I'm on a solo BWCA canoe trip just as everyone has their own including the Voyageurs from many moons ago.
A scientist named Kennicott had this to say about the Voyageurs' food after traveling with them. "Pemmican is supposed by the outside world to consist only of pounded meat and grease; an egregious error, for from experience on the subject I am authorized to state that hair, sticks, bark, spruce leaves, stones, sand, etc. enter into its composition. It is very rarely that the Voyageurs reject anything in the shape of fish or bird...I think they would eat eggs so nearly hatched that the chick could almost peep."
Most BWCA canoe trip enthusiasts aren't packing Pemmican or purposefully eating hair, sticks or bark. I do know some folks who will kill and eat a grouse and I have even heard of a modern day Voyageur eating a birds' egg but this is seldom done in today's world.
However there are many people who take canoe trips into the Boundary Waters who bring along items to prepare fish for a meal. Whether it is shortening & fish breading for frying or butter & garlic for grilling some folks plan to eat fish while in the woods.
Then there are those people who want to eat in the Boundary Waters like they eat when they are at home. This doesn't work well for me but if you don't mind carrying a ton of weight then pack in the potatoes, carrots, whole onions and fresh fruit. You may as well bring along a cooler for all of the meat and other fresh food you plan to bring along as well.
Maybe at home you eat lots of pre-packaged foods so in the BWCA you don't have to adjust your diet much from the pasta, rice-a-roni, hamburger helper and lipton noodles. Carbohydrates from a box or pouch can easily be found and lately you can find meat in a pouch too. Tuna and Spam come in pouches and I'm guessing chicken won't be far behind.
In other people's food packs for their BWCA trip you might find everything dehydrated. From the strawberries for their just add water shortcake to their astronaut ice cream if it's hydrated then it's not going into their food pack.
Somewhere in between all of these Boundary Waters food pack options is a happy-medium. That's what we like to supply at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. Just the right mix of fresh foods, dehydrated items and things off of the grocery store shelf. We've been packing for BWCA canoe trips for 20 years and we know what tastes good because we've tried it all.
You may not eat just like you're at home while on your Boundary Waters canoe trip but believe me, nothing tastes bad when you're sitting beneath the stars and listening to the call of the loon.
Deciding where to canoe in the Boundary Waters is always a tough decision whether it's your first trip, tenth trip or fiftieth trip. Just like when you're planning a regular vacation you'll want to gather information for a BWCA canoe country vacation. There is a plethora of information on the web including great commercial BWCA websites and outfitter websites. There are also books published about popular BWCA canoe routes but keep in mind the information in books may not always be precise or up to date.
To determine where you want to go in the BWCA you’ll need to know if fishing is an important part of your trip. If fishing is important then you'll want to know what Boundary Waters lakes have which types of fish in them. If you're going to paddle the BWCA in early May then find a lake trout lake because that's what will be biting then. You'll also want to spend less time traveling and more time fishing if it's really important to catch fish. Don’t plan to camp a 12 hour paddle from where you're BWCA starting point is or you’ll spend all of your time paddling and not fishing.
Most folks want solitude on their Boundary Waters Canoe trip. If your goal is solitude then choose a BWCA route with lots of long portages. Look for lakes that are difficult to get to and farther in than a few hour paddle and find a BWCA campsite that is off of the beaten path. This will keep you away from the vast majority of folks. Don't be fooled by thinking an canoe entry point with lots of travel permits is necessarily bad. There are smaller lakes off of some of these bigger lakes that you can find and have all to yourself.
Another factor in determining where you will go in the Boundary Waters is who you are going with. If you’re paddling with elderly or small children then you may want to plan a base camp canoe trip. Find a BWCA lake with good day trip opportunities so people have the option to paddle and portage or stay back and relax.
There are lots of things to consider when planning a Boundary Waters canoe trip. You can find a trip route finder on our website that might offer you some insight. Also, we have maps we can mail you if you’d like to purchase one. Then you can spend time looking at all of the BWCA lakes and dreaming about camping on them.
No matter how many times I've been on Boundary Waters canoe trips it's still a tough decision to decide where to go. Who I'm paddling with, how much time I have and how energetic I'm feeling all make a difference in what route I'll choose. No matter where I go in the BWCA I know I’ll be happier there than anywhere else I could be and that’s a very good thing.
While most of the population is thinking about fireworks and 4th of July parades I’m thinking July is a great time for a canoe camping trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. With its warm temperatures, good fishing, refreshingly cool water temperatures and blueberries ripening there may not be a better time than July to visit the BWCA.
Smallmouth bass and northern pike are two easy species of fish to catch in the Boundary Waters especially in July. Troll a lure in a lake inhabited with fish and you’ll have a difficult time keeping the fish off of your line. It’s almost guaranteed you’ll catch something if you put your time in. While some fish snobs don’t like to eat smallmouth or northern pike the people who remove the y-bone and eat these species are in for a real treat. The fish that come from the cold waters of the Boundary Waters taste absolutely delicious when they are prepared fresh. A shore lunch is just one of the many good things about paddling the BWCA in July.
The warm air temperatures combined with the warm water temperatures makes July a perfect time for people who want to spend time swimming. It’s so refreshing and fun to swim from BWCA campsite to campsite or out to an island. Hours of entertainment are provided for families with kids who want to spend time swimming. It’s a very comfortable time of the year not only for swimming but also for sleeping in a hammock.
The nights are warm and the bug population has dropped considerably by July in the Boundary Waters. It makes evenings by the campfire even more enjoyable. The nights get a little bit longer in July but not by much. By mid-month the sun rises around 5:24 AM and sets around 9:00 PM. There’s plenty of daylight to paddle, swim, fish and pick berries.
There’s nothing more satisfying than filling a camp cup with fresh blueberries while you’re out in the Boundary Waters. They taste wonderful in pancakes or when eaten by the handful. In addition to blueberries you may find some strawberries left from June and perhaps ripening raspberries. The wild roses will be blooming along with the Blue Flag Iris, Twin Flowers, Cow Parsnip and many other colorful and fragrant wildflowers.
Also appearing in July are newborn loons. Loons in the BWCA usually have their young around the 4th of July. Look carefully if you see a loon because there’s a good chance there’s a little one riding around the back of their parent. You may also see moose with their young in the water eating underwater plants or cooling off in the mid-day heat.
The lack of bugs, addition of blueberries and good fishing are just a few of the reasons to visit the Boundary Waters in July. With the solitude, scenery and serenity found in the BWCA it’s difficult to understand why anyone would want to swap fireworks in a city for fireflies in the wilderness. But that’s what keeps the numbers down in the Boundary Waters in the beginning of July so I guess we should be thankful for the folks who have to stick with their city traditions for the 4th of July and who leave the BWCA for the rest of us.
Each month in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness offers the canoe camper a different experience. While the water temperature in May might be too chilly for swimming it's just perfect for catching a meal of lake trout. There are lots of great reasons to plan a May BWCA canoe trip.
The ice is usually off of most of the Boundary Waters lakes during the first week of May. This is the time of the year to go if you are in search of solitude or moose antlers. Moose lose their antlers during the winter and often times it’s along one of the portage paths. Being one of the first people on the BWCA portages means you could find one of these treasures. The USFS encourages you to leave the antler where you find it for others to enjoy.
As soon as the ice is off the loons return to the wilderness lakes of the Boundary Waters. The bald eagles will have already returned to their nests before the ice is off. The mosquitoes don’t normally appear until later in May but the black flies could come any time depending upon the weather. Wildlife viewing is generally very good due to the lack of people in the BWCA.
Lake trout fishing in the Boundary Waters is phenomenal in May when the water of the BWCA is the coldest. The lake trout are close to the surface and are usually hungry for a meal so are eager to bite. They’ll continue to bite throughout the summer but they swim deeper and deeper as the summer goes on.
The temperatures in May can be very warm or quite chilly. We’ve had snow and we’ve had 90 degree days in the Boundary Waters in May. The average daytime high temperature in May is 66 degrees and the average low is around 45 degrees. Rainfall is minimal with just under 3 inches being the average in the BWCA for May.
If you're looking for a time to have the Boundary Waters all to yourself then take a canoe trip in May. The smell of spring is in the air, the lake trout are biting and your chances of seeing wildlife are wonderful. The BWCA is a great place to be in May.
We've heard from Boy Scout Troops who have outfitted with the Sommers Boy Scout Base and they have said our equipment is much nicer and the prices for outfitting with Voyageur are less expensive. The quality of equipment is important when you're out in the wilderness and any little discount helps when it comes to how much a BWCA trip costs especially for Boy Scouts who often have to fundraise for all of their money.
Another reason Boy Scout Troops like us is that we're located at the end of the Gunflint Trail. Moose Lake where the Scout Base is located is quite busy and and our location is less hectic. Scout Troops love to be made to feel special and at Voyageur we make them feel very special. We provide each Scout with a map, t-shirt and patch when they choose the complete outfitting package.
Unlike the Boy Scout Base or other Boy Scout destinations you don't need to reserve your space at Voyageur three years in advance of your trip. You can reserve now for a trip this summer or you can even wait until April or May to let us know. Chances are there will be plenty of permits available for your Scout Troop to camp in the Boundary Waters.
We love to outfit all types of groups and individuals at Voyageur and we'd love to see you all this summer. If you know of a Boy Scout Troop that might be interested in a BWCA canoe trip then be sure to tell them about Voyageur, we'll take great care of them.
Kevlar canoes are great for BWCA canoe trips when there is going to be alot of portaging. They are lightweight for carrying and make portages much easier for those without alot of strength and endurance.
It's also great to paddle a kevlar canoe when you're planning to travel alot. The kevlar canoe is made for speed and paddlers in a kevlar canoe can get places pretty quickly. Their streamlined design and almost weightlessness make paddling a kevlar a breeze.
There are however a couple of times when you may not want to paddle a kevlar canoe in the Boundary Waters. For an inexperienced paddler the kevlar canoe may feel less stable than a wider canoe. If a beginner is looking for a solid, safe canoe then an aluminum or royalex canoe may be a better choice. Also, if a person isn't planning to portage at all then the advantage of the lightness of the kevlar canoe no longer becomes important. And if a person is planning to spend alot of time fishing then the royalex or aluminum canoe allows more room for gear and could be the better choice.
I prefer to paddle and portage kevlar canoes and for most people they are the best canoe for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. However, you don't have to have a kevlar canoe to enjoy the BWCA even if you're planning to portage. Some folks swear by their 100 pound sturdy boats and as long as you're in the Boundary Waters that's all that really matters.
Our answer to why take your BWCA trip with Voyageur Canoe Outfitters goes something like this. We've been year round residents at the end of the Gunflint Trail since 1993 and have been outfitting BWCA trips since then.
We're 56 miles from the nearest town of Grand Marais, MN and you are already in the wilderness when you begin your trip up the Trail. Just by driving the Gunflint Trail and coming to Voyageur you're farther into the wilderness than some people get on their Boundary Waters canoe trips.
We love what we do and where we live and this shows. Our enthusiasm and love of the wilderness is evident and we want to share this love with as many people as we can. We take pride in being the best there is in BWCA trip outfitting. We're knowledgeable about the Boundary Waters, Quetico Park, wilderness fishing and camping and everything Gunflint Trail.
We have an excellent facility and incredible staff and we provide a one-of-a-kind outfitting experience. We guarantee your satisfaction with Voyageur and the number of repeat customers we have speaks loudly.
There it is in a nutshell. While it may be easier to just say we're the best it's probably better to give the lengthy explanation, even though we really are the best!
My Boundary Waters Checklist of things I have to do before a canoe camping trip is relatively short. I make sure I leave an itinerary of my BWCA travel plans with someone, have my fishing license and travel permit. You would be shocked to know how many times I almost leave for a canoe camping adventure without my BWCA permit. I also like to make sure my canoe has current registration on it, I have a printout of the latest weather forecast and know approximately when sunrise and sunset times are. With this all complete it's time to pack for the actual BWCA canoe trip.
Trying to remember what all to bring on a BWCA trip can be difficult so I reccommend looking at our website. We list all of the canoe camping gear needed to go on a Boundary Waters canoe trip. In addition we have a BWCA Checklist of items we suggest you bring along of your own. These two lists will help you when packing for your canoe trip.
Upon my return to civilization I immediately grab a cold Diet Coke. Until this happens I can't function correctly. The after BWCA canoe trip checklist is also short. Be sure to contact your loved ones to make sure they know you are out of the woods safely. Then you can remove all garbage & food waste out of your pack so it doesn't begin to smell if it hasn't already. If any of your gear is damp and even if it isn't then it's a great idea to hang up your gear and let it dry out so it doesn't grow mold or get musty. One other thing to do is to update your Boundary Waters Checklist so you can add things you wish you would have brought along and delete things you didn't use.
Keep in mind this Boundary Waters checklist when you're planning and preparing for your next BWCA canoe trip. It will help keep you organized and it will make your Boundary Waters canoe trip all the more enjoyable.
Make sure the Boundary Waters lake you are fishing in has the type of fish in it you are trying to catch. There's no bigger waste of time than jigging for walleye when you're on a lake that doesn't contain walleye. The MN DNR has a listing of most of the lakes in the BWCA and what type of fish are in them. Make sure you're using the right technique to catch fish on the right lake.
When you're on a Boundary Waters fishing trip make sure you bring along a good variety of lures and plenty of them. There's nothing more depressing than losing the hot lure and not having a replacement one in your tackle box. You'll no doubt lose a lure or two by getting them snagged on logs or rocks so bring along plenty of them so you don't find yourself without the one lure that was working the best.
Before you head into the wilderness waters of the BWCA make sure you have good line on your reel. Replace old fishing line with new 8-10 pound test and plenty of it. Remember you'll get snags and tangles and you want to have enough line even if you have to cut it a couple of times.
Go through the hassle of bringing along live bait. Chances are you'll be able to catch plenty of fish in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness without live bait but why take the chance? You can increase your chance of catching fish by having a good variety of bait for the fish to choose from.
Lastly, spend plenty of time fishing while you're on your Boundary Waters canoe trip. If you're constantly paddling from campsite to campsite then you won't have as much time to fish. You'll lower your odds for catching fish if you don't spend enough time fishing. Plan to set up a base camp and spend the majority of your time with your line in the water.
Consider these five BWCA fishing tips when you're planning your next Boundary Waters Canoe camping trip. You'll improve your odds of catching fish and of enjoying a fresh meal of fish while on your Boundary Waters fishing trip.
The Gunflint Trail side of the BWCA is not as heavily used as entry points into the BWCA near Ely, MN. We'll often have Boundary Waters permits available up until the last minute. However, if you want a particular entry point on a particular day then the sooner you reserve your permit the better.
How do you reserve a BWCA Permit? You can give us a call with all of the information below and we'll do it for you or you can do it yourself. It's quite easy and you can reserve your Boundary Waters permit online or by telephone(1-877-444-6777) When reserving a BWCA camping permit you'll need the following.
- Name, address and telephone number of the party leader.
- Name of up to 3 alternate party leaders
- Number of watercraft(estimated & can be changed) up to 4/permit
- Number of adults & children(17 & under) estimated & can be changed upon arrival at your permit pick-up location.
- Entry point & Entry Date(these are set in stone)
- Exit Point(is not set in stone)
- Permit Pick Up Location(Choose us, Voyageur Canoe Outfitters if you're outfitting with us or entering at an entry point near us). By default the permit will be sent to the USFS Ranger Station closest to your BWCA entry point.
- Submit payment with a credit card($6 Reservation Fee, $16/adult, $8/youth)
The Forest service will open the BWCAW campsites when the sites are safe and rehabilitated. Some campsites just need some snags removed while others need attention to prevent erosion. The USFS said, "Forest Service crews will be opening most campsites early in the 2012 season."
The were 23 lakes with campsites that were affected and of course none of these were near the Gunflint Trail. The lakes included are, One, Two, Three, Four, Hudson, Insula, Horseshoe, Brewis, North Wilder, South Wilder, Harbor, Clearwater, Gull, Pietro, Hudson Pond, Baskatong, Bog, Isabella Lake, Isabella River, Kawashong, Quadga and Rice. The reductions range from 1 campsite removed up to 13 on Insula.
In order to prevent crowding in this area of the Boundary Waters the USFS has reduced quotas for entry point lakes. According to their document there will be no quota for Little Isabella River, Bog Lake or Island River and the Pow Wow Hiking Trail is closed until further notice. Isabella Lake will have 1 permit a day as will Snake River. All of these areas have restrictions regarding day use and directions which one may go so be sure to check with an outfitter or the USFS before traveling. Lake One lost 4 permits a day but gained 2 permits called Lake One Restricted.
The Lake One Restricted will be in place until the other four permits are added to the regular Lake One quota. Folks entering the BWCA with the restricted permit will not be allowed to camp on Lake One, Two, Three, Four or Hudson at any time. This isn't a problem for people who want to travel on the fist and last day of their canoe trip.
On the Gunflint Trail we're thankful to have all of our entry point permit quotas in place and campsites ready for use. We can start reserving BWCA permits on January 25th so give us a call 1-888-CANOEIT or send us an email to get yours reserved.