04 Oct Canoeing in the Boundary Waters – Activities in Minnesota
Canoeing in the Boundary Waters
The Boundary Waters is a national treasure. Yet, it is unknown to most people in the United States and many in Minnesota. Canoeing in the Boundary Waters is something special we have to offer Minnesota.
Some background on the Boundary Waters
The Forest Service refers to it as The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Also the BWCAW. The Boundary waters is a network of waterways and blogs. It was glacially carved from Precambrian bedrock. In 1964, the National Wilderness Act was signed to provide management of the BWCAW. The purpose was to protect, preserve, and enhance the lakes, waterways and forests.
What does it involve?
BWCAW is over a million areas in size. As the result of the glaciers the landscape is unique. It has rugged cliffs, canyons and towering rock formations. But at the same time, it features sandy beaches and thousands of lakes and streams. Canoeing in the Boundary Waters you will also find countless island and virgin forests. It has over 150 miles along the international boundary with Canada.
How can we enjoy it?
BWCAW has over 1,200 miles of canoe routes. 12 hiking trails. And over 2,000 designated campsites. Permits are required for day and overnight trips. They are given on a first-come, first-served basis. They can be reserved at www.recreation.gov I have included a link here to the BWCAW trip planning guide that will take you through all the options, rules and how to be prepared. I say how to be prepared because this is how the first visitors found Minnesota. Breathtakingly beautiful but challenging!
What are some of the rules
As a visitor to this pristine paradise you are required to follow Leave No Trace Principles. Any visitor is not allowed to damage or effect the BWCAW. This means no disturbance to the vegetation, soil and wildlife. Anything you bring in must be removed. This includes trash, leftover food and litter. The trip guide I referred to before will be even more specific.
There is an option that I decided to use. It is the Tuscarora Lodge & Canoe. This allowed me to explore the BWCAW for day trips and limited overnight stays. But still come back to a log cabin for showers. Also, it has a lodge for meals. In addition, they can also outfit you for the trip. Whether it is canoes, fishing licenses or providing a guided day tour. I had surprised my companions by booking this option. Upon telling them received a countless amount of grief on the drive up. But was thanked when we got there, since it was raining an inch an hour. 😊 The BWCAW is one of the most special places you will ever visit. I very strongly recommend it!