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What is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area ? 1,000,000+ acres set aside in 1978 by an act of congress Restricted logging, mining, and most motorized access A pristine, yet rugged wilderness The lakes are cut from granite and surrounded in old pine growth
US / Canadian Waters The park is made up of 2 halves, on the US side is Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and on the Canadian side, Quetico, park of Ontario
Why Plan Now? You want to ensure that a permit for the date you desire to enter on and for the entry point you wish to embark from. Most importantly, you want to make sure you are well prepared with proper gear, know-how, and plan to enter the wilderness.
What is the Best Time to go? If the prime purpose of your canoe trip is fishing, consider late May, early June or September. There are fewer people during the months of May and September. Also there are fewer bugs after late July. BLACKFLIES: Memorial Day to the third week of June. MOSQUITOES: Mid-June to the later part of July. They are very easy to repel.
How to get there Travel by car from Detroit area to Ely (E-lee) Minnesota , 15 hours Travel by air to Duluth 2 hours, then 2 hours by car to Ely (E-lee) Minnesota, 5 hours
Fishing Eat what we catch or Catch and Release Small Mouth Bass Pike Walleye Lake Trout Perch
Type of Trip Travel to multiple camp sites Travel to one camp site and stay at that lake Travel to one camp site and plan day trips to different lakes
Length of trip How long of a trip, 3-4 days in the BWCA? By car 1 day travel each way By air and car, half a day each way 1 Week?
Wife Reasons Stress reducer Last time I took 1 just to get away I just want this opportunity This is a life goal All the guys are doing it
Value Round trip air travel to Duluth late June, approx. $350, travel to Ely from Duluth??? By car, 915 miles (gas 18 MPG, $1.85 per gallon) $94.00 each way