Winter Camping Into Good Lake – The Show

On a sunny Friday afternoon we head off into the Wood Lake entry point on the Fernberg Road.  Our goal for the evening is to set up camp in Hoist Bay which is on the South side of Basswood lake.  This is BWCACAST’s first winter camping trip. We have a canvas tent and a titanium stove for our shelter.  With our sleds loaded up with warm gear we trudge across frozen lakes and snow covered portages into the night.

The temperatures were quite comfortable with forecasts of high 30s to low 40s.  We caught a glimps of a lone wolf lurking along the edge of Wood Lake right at dusk.  We hiked on following fresh wolf tracks all the way to Good Lake where we set up camp for the evening.


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Check out the gallery for photos from this trip.  Jesse Glass was the photographer.



Artist:  Dan Tharp


Song: “Kodi”


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About Bill

I grew up in Alaska spending as much time outdoors as possible. Camping, hunting, and flying consumed much of my free time. Upon moving to Minnesota I found the BWCAW to be a place that allowed me to escape to the wilderness. I love being able to share this amazing place with all of you. I hope you enjoy the shows.


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6 Responses to “Winter Camping Into Good Lake – The Show”

  1. Barb Bryson April 21, 2009 at 10:15 pm #

    I want to do that! That little stove looks really cool! How much weight do you think you all carried in, and were those just your basic molded sled? How did you rig up the harness contraption.

    Way fun! Keep up the great work.

  2. riverrat April 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    Is that a snow trekker tent? Looks really roomy inside. How come ya’ll couldnt get the fire going? That would have really made it nice, pull up a chair and read a good book. Did ya’ll stay just 1 night or several?

  3. Bill April 22, 2009 at 7:13 pm #

    HI Riverrat,

    The tent we were using was made by Snow Trekker Tents out of Wisconsin. They are partners with Empire Canvas Works. It is a very nice tent and very easy to set up. The reason we didn’t get a fire going is because we didn’t get to camp until after midnight. Between the darkness of the night and the amount of energy we had left we were unable to find wood that was dry enough to get a fire going for us. The next morning when were were rejuvenated we found some dry wood and got a nice fire going. This was nice to get our gear dried out and ready to go for another day. This was just part one of the trip. We will have one or two more episodes about the rest of our two night trip.

    Thanks for watching.

  4. Dan Tharp April 27, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    THANKS AGAIN guys!
    I really really appreciate the support.
    Your videos and my music go well together.
    Take care,
    Dan Tharp

  5. Pat Kerber April 29, 2009 at 1:49 am #

    Another great episode, Bill! Winter camping looks like a blast… to try it sometime! I especially liked the time lapse of setting up the tent. Looking forward to part two!

  6. Bill April 30, 2009 at 7:40 pm #

    Hi Pat,

    I wish we had arrived in the daylight so we could have shown the set up a little better. The tent really is amazing. Very easy to set up and with the stove in there you can stay dry and warm. Takes winter camping to a whole new level. Don’t know about cold camping anymore. 🙂

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