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Stewart River to Boulder Bay

The sun is shining on a hot day in August.  The wind gently cools us off as we paddle north on the Stewart River.  The Stewart River is a winding river littered with dinner plate sized lilly pads and portages thick with foliage.  We make our way on through Stewart Lake and into Boulder Bay.  […]

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Stewart River

Stewart River

The Stewart River entry point starts you out with over a 400 rod portage.  This will get your blood pumping just in time to start your paddle up the river.  We are paddling under sunny skies with a nice breeze.  Canoeing in the BWCA doesn’t get much better.

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Crooked Lakes East End

Crooked Lakes East End

Our July trip is coming to a close as we paddle towards the East end of Crooked lake.  The narrow passageways make for a very scenic paddle catching glimpses of wood ducks, loons, eagles, and even a mink.  The episode comes to a close with the magnificent cliffs that tower over the end of the […]

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Trail Maitenance

Trail Maitenance

Working our way across the 300 rod portage heading north out of Gun Lake we came across a group of people working for the Minnesota Conservation Corps.  They were a trail maintenance crew out rebuilding the portage.  If you are looking for a great summer gig check them out at www.conservationcorps.org.

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Ramshead Winter Camping

Ramshead Winter Camping

The temps are in the upper 20s and the sun is shining.  With a three day weekend we head into Ramshead Lake.  We catch some nice fish and spend the weekend enjoying the great weather.  There were fresh wolf tracks around the island we were sleeping each morning.  Jesse and I did a little skiing […]

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Boot Lake to Friday Bay

Boot Lake to Friday Bay

With storm clouds chasing us north we paddle across Boot Lake.  Waiting out a heavy rain on the portage between Boot and Fairy Lake we emerged on the other side to find sunny skies again.  We continue north through Gun Lake and  over the 300 rod portage.  In the series of rivers and lakes that […]

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Mudro to Fourtown

Mudro to Fourtown

We start our third trip of the summer into the Mudro Lake entry point.  My parents have joined us for this trip making this a very special time for me to show off the BWCAW.  You’ll see some nice paddling and portaging along with my thoughts on the the DululthPack Northwoods pack.  Join us on […]

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Ottertrack to Ely

Ottertrack to Ely

Our trip is coming to a close.  After being out for 7 days and traveling over 95 miles and packing our gear over 30+ portages we find ourselves paddling across a familiar lake.  Knife lake famous for so many reasons from a spot used by many to make the sharp edged tools needed to survive […]

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Ottertrack Evening Paddle

Ottertrack Evening Paddle

After pushing it pretty hard for the last few days we found ourselves really enjoying the natural beauty of Ottertrack Lake.  With the sun slowly dipping behind the horizon and a near full moon brightening the evening sky Matt and I head out for an evening paddle.  The water was like glass as we listened […]

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Horse Tail Falls to Otter Track Lake

Horse Tail Falls to Otter Track Lake

With the sun still shining over head and a gentle breeze keeping us cool we continued to paddle west along the voyagers highway.  Leaving Horsetail falls we work our way across Saganaga Lake using the islands as a buffer from the wind.  Leaving Saganaga we pass through Swamp lake on into Otter Track Lake where […]

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