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 The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, located in northern  Minnesota and “covers about 1.3 million acres and extends  nearly 1...
Let’s Get Started How many people and how many canoes will be in    the party?   Where do we want to go and for how many...
How Many People and How Many  Canoes Will Be In The Party? First, we must look at how many people will be going?    Ther...
Where Do We Want To Go and For      How Many Days/Nights?Because the Boundary Waters covers over 1.3 million  acres, this ...
What Will We Eat?First, you must determine the likes and dislikes of  the members within the group.Second, you should plan...
A Sample Menu For Nine People On A          Seven Day Trip   BREAKFAST                                                  ...
What Should We Bring?   Packing For Your Trip                                       Fishing Tackle Packing List (Suggest...
Additional Items To Bring        Personal Items                       Community Items Sleeping Bag and Sleeping          ...
Joyce Ludwig             SHOULD WE HIRE A             GUIDE/OUTFITTER?         HERE IS A PRICE TABLE FROM            SAWBI...
Joyce Ludwig                        SHOULD WE HIRE AN                        OUTFITTER? (CONT.)    Complete Outfitting in...
Joyce Ludwig    SHOULD WE HIRE AN OUTFITTER?               (CONT.)   Youth 17 years and under get a 10% discount off pric...
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Planning a trip to the boundary waters canoe

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This was a presentation I prepared for a class assignment. My husband and I worked on this together, using our knowledge of helping others prepare for a Boundary Waters adventure as well as guiding them and/or taking them on a trip as our guests.

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Planning a trip to the boundary waters canoe

  1. 1. JoyceMallery
  2. 2.  The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, located in northern Minnesota and “covers about 1.3 million acres and extends nearly 150 miles along the International Boundary adjacent to Canadas Quetico Provincial Park and bordered on the west by Voyageurs National Park. The BWCAW contains over 1200 miles of canoe routes, 15 hiking trails and approximately 2000 designated campsites. Wilderness offers freedom to those who wish to pursue an experience of expansive solitude, challenge and personal integration with nature. Because this area was set aside in 1926 to preserve its primitive character and made a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1964, it allows visitors to canoe, portage and camp in the spirit of the French Voyageurs of 200 years ago.” JoyceMallery 2
  3. 3. Let’s Get Started How many people and how many canoes will be in the party? Where do we want to go and for how many days/nights? What will we eat? What should we bring? (Clothes, supplies, equipment) Should we hire a guide or an outfitter? How much will it all cost? JoyceMallery 3
  4. 4. How Many People and How Many Canoes Will Be In The Party? First, we must look at how many people will be going?  There are rules to go by in determining the maximum number of people in a party.  The maximum is 9 and does include adults and children. How many canoes?  Unless you have a three man canoe, where up to three people or three adults and one to two small children can be in the canoe; it is usually recommended two people per canoe, or two adults and one small child per canoe.  The maximum number of canoes per party or group of people is 4. JoyceMallery 4
  5. 5. Where Do We Want To Go and For How Many Days/Nights?Because the Boundary Waters covers over 1.3 million acres, this might be a difficult decision to make at first.There are a few questions you could ask such as: 1. “How many days/nights do we want to plan for? 2. “How many portages do we want? 3. “Do we want to plan on staying in one place and then plan for “Day Trips” from there?Once these questions are answered, you could look at a map of the entire area and begin planning from there.**I recommend an easy access, only a few, if any, portages, staying at one campsite, and planning “Day Trips” from there if this is a first or second trip in, or if you have several inexperienced paddlers and/or campers. JoyceMallery 5
  6. 6. What Will We Eat?First, you must determine the likes and dislikes of the members within the group.Second, you should plan on an amount to spend or budget for the food.Third, when planning menus, remember the more you portage and paddle, the more calories and energy you will need and consume.**Food is packed in a food pack, separate from the gear and equipment and will be hung in a tree to prevent bears from wandering into camp. JoyceMallery 6
  7. 7. A Sample Menu For Nine People On A Seven Day Trip BREAKFAST  DINNER  Day 2---Eggs {1doz}, Herb Potatoes, Summer  Day 1---Hamburger Helper Stroganoff, Dehy Sausage, Dehydrated {Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers} Hamburger, Mixed veggie’s Day 3---Oatmeal, Breakfast bar  Day 2---Bear Creek Creamy Wild Rice Soup, Brown Day 4---Pancakes, Cheese Potatoes Rice, Mixed veggie’s Day 5---Oatmeal, Breakfast bar  Day 3---Bear Creek Navy Bean soup, Bulger Wheat, Mixed Day 6---Hash Browns, Summer Sausage, Dehydrated veggie’s {Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers}  Day 4---Pasta Roni Tomato Parmesan, Dehy Day 7---Oatmeal, Breakfast bar Hamburger, Mixed veggie’s  Day 5---Angel Hair Pasta, Salmon, Peas w/white sauce LUNCH  Day 6---Bear Creek Tortellini soup, Med. Egg noodles, Mixed veggie’s  Day 1---Ramon noodles, Granola bar  DESERT Day 2---Granola bar, Dried fruit, Nuts, Jerky  Day 3---Roman noodles, Cheese stick, Sausage stick  Day 1---Cheese cake, Oatmeal Bannock Day 4---Cheese {Sharp Cheddar}, Sausage {Thuringer}, Crackers {Triscuit, Club}  Day 2---Chocolate Chip cake, Corn bread Day 5---Roman noodles, Granola bar, Jerky  Day 3---Smores, Damper Day 6---Granola bar, Dried fruit, Nuts, Sausage stick  Day 4---Triple Berry cake, Three Cheese bread Day 7---Ramon noodles, Granola bar, Jerky, Cheese stick  Day 5---Cheese cake, Indian Herb bread Crystal Light, Coffee, Teas  Day 6---Poppy seed cake, Corn bread JoyceMallery 7
  8. 8. What Should We Bring? Packing For Your Trip  Fishing Tackle Packing List (Suggested) General Packing List  Two-piece spinning rod in 6-1/2 to 7-foot length Rain jacket and pants...essential!  Spare rod tip and super glue Freshly oiled spinning reel with fresh 8-pound line Two pair of shoes (water shoes and hiking boots)   One back-up rod and reel for the party Two or three pair of heavy socks  Polarized fishing glasses Two pair of long pants (NO jeans!) (Zip off, quick dry  Depth locator (optional) pants work best)  Small tackle box Two or three t-shirts  Pliers Two or three pairs underwear  Stringer Two pair of shorts or swim trunks (Shorts not needed  Leech locker and/or worm box (Only if you are bringing live bait) if you have zip off pants)  Lindy-rig and slip-bobber set-ups One long-sleeved shirt  Split shot sinkers, small hooks One sweatshirt or long jacket  Lead head jigs; Mr. Twister jigs and spinner baits Casting spoons like Daredevil Personal toilet articles   top-water lures like Rebel Popper, Tiny Torpedo, Hula Wide brimmed hat Popper, Jitterbug, and Rapalas Small towel  Steel leaders Camera  Crank baits like Shad Rap, and other Rapalas Paperback book  Spinners like Mepps For the fly angler: Add gloves, stocking cap, long underwear and an extra  sweater for spring or fall trips  Two-piece fly rod (8 weight) Single action fly reel Dont forget clean clothes and a towel for your trip  home (Leave in your vehicle)  Floating weight-forward bass line Twenty pound backing Please leave your  Tippet spools radios, walkmans, guns, fireworks, flares and large  knives at home  Dry flies Streamers like Wooly Buggers **Please bring your Drivers License to obtain your  Poppers entry permits  **Please bring your Fishing License (it is required) JoyceMallery 8
  9. 9. Additional Items To Bring Personal Items Community Items Sleeping Bag and Sleeping  Pots, frying pan, and cooking utensils Mat  Tin Foil Large Contractors Bag to  Spices keep pack dry  Camp Stove, Fuel, and Waterproof Matches Flashlight or headlamp  First Aid Kit Extra batteries for lights  Bear Ropes and Pulleys Bug spray (100% Deet works  Tents, Dining Fly, and Rain Fly best)  Water Filter Sunscreen (essential)  Dish Soap and Scrub Pad Covered mug and water bottle  Bear Spray Life Jacket  Ax and Saw Camera (digital works best)  Tarps JoyceMallery 9
  10. 10. Joyce Ludwig SHOULD WE HIRE A GUIDE/OUTFITTER? HERE IS A PRICE TABLE FROM SAWBILL OUTFITTERS Complete Complete Food Food Only Complete Complete Outfitting Outfitting Only “Plus” Equipment Equipment “Plus” “Plus”3 Days/2 Nights 9 People $192/person $267/person $96/person $129/person $123/person $183/person4 Days/3 Nights 7-9 People $256/person $356/person $128/person $172/person $164/person $244/person5 Days/4 Nights 8-9 People $300/person $425/person $150/person $205/person $190/person $290/person6 Days/5 Nights 7-9 People $360/person $510/person $180/person $246/person $228/person $348/person7 Days/6 Nights 9 People $385/person $560/person $196/person $273/person $245/person $385/person 10
  11. 11. Joyce Ludwig SHOULD WE HIRE AN OUTFITTER? (CONT.) Complete Outfitting includes a lightweight 17 Wenonah Royalex canoe (59 lbs) or 17 Grumman aluminum canoe (65 lbs) with adjustable, padded carrying yoke; paddles; Extrasport paddling vests; Eureka Timberline tent with rain fly, waterproof floor and no-see-um netting; poly tarp with ropes; folding saw; Exponent backpacking stove with fuel; freshly laundered Polarguard sleeping bags; 3/4 length Thermarest self inflating sleeping pads; nested cook kit with cooking and eating utensils; folding water carrier; first aid kit; 80 heavy duty bear rope w/pulley; one waterproof map per canoe; lightweight trail food (menu planned to your specifications); all miscellaneous supplies for cooking, dishwashing, etc. (see Sawbills Food Preference form); Granite Gear Traditional canoeing packs with padded shoulder straps and hip belt for all your food, equipment and clothing; expert, personalized route planning assistance; any instruction or advice needed; free camping on your first and/or last night in the Sawbill Lake National Forest Campground; free transportation to or from Kawishiwi, Baker, Homer, Brule or Hog Creek entry points if desired; and a hot shower with towel at the end of your trip. Complete Outfitting “Plus” includes a 17 Bell Kevlar canoe (42 lbs), or a 18.5 Wenonah Minnesota II canoe (42 lbs), (Kevlar three person and solo canoes are also available) with adjustable, padded carrying yoke and Sawyer laminated wooden paddles (bent or straight shaft); Extra sport paddling vests; lightweight ALPS dome tent with rain fly, waterproof floor and no-see-um netting; nylon tarp with ropes; folding saw; Exponent backpacking stove with fuel; freshly laundered Techloft sleeping bags; full length Thermarest self inflating sleeping pads; Crazy Creek chairs or Therma-loungers (makes a chair out of your Thermarest sleeping pad); nested cook kit with cooking and eating utensils; folding water carrier; first aid kit; 80 heavy duty bear rope w/pulley; waterproof, topographic canoeing maps; lightweight, gourmet trail food (menu planned to your specifications); all miscellaneous supplies for cooking, dishwashing, etc. (see Sawbills Food Preference form); Granite Gear canoeing packs with suspension systems and hip belts for all your food, equipment and clothing; expert, personalized route planning assistance; any instruction or advice needed; free camping on your first and/or last night in the Sawbill Lake National Forest Campground; free transportation to or from Kawishiwi, Baker, Homer, Brule or Hog Creek entry points if desired; and a hot shower at the end of your trip. Food Only includes all meals and miscellaneous items (matches, soap, t.p., etc.) packed in a Duluth style packsack, ready for you when you arrive. You choose your menu from a wide variety of choices. See Sawbills online or printable food preference selection form for details. Food Only "Plus" includes all of the above with an expanded, gourmet menu packed in a Granite Gear "Superior 1"pack. See Sawbills online or printable food preference selection form for details. Complete Equipment includes everything from Complete Outfitting except food and miscellaneous supplies (matches, dishwashing soap, t. p., etc. - See the food preference selection form for a complete list of miscellaneous items that you should plan to bring.) Complete Equipment "Plus" includes everything from Complete Outfitting "Plus" except food and miscellaneous supplies. Nonprofit groups exempt from Minnesota sales tax receive a 10% discount on outfitting. 11
  12. 12. Joyce Ludwig SHOULD WE HIRE AN OUTFITTER? (CONT.) Youth 17 years and under get a 10% discount off prices above if accompanied by two full paying adults. No other discounts apply. What to Bring: Your clothing should be layered and sufficient to deal with temperatures ranging from 90 degrees to freezing. Reliable rain gear (we sell a variety in our store). Comfortable, lightweight hiking boots are the best footwear for travel and tennis shoes or moccasins for camp wear. You should also bring a flashlight, fishing equipment, personal toiletries, medicines, sunglasses, sun screen, hat and camera. If a member of your party cancels, please tell us right away. If we pack for a person and are not informed of the cancellation before your arrival, plan to pay for that person. BWCA Wilderness Entry Permits are required by the U. S. Forest Service. The entry permit allows you to enter the BWCA Wilderness on a certain date at a particular entry point. You can check permit availablility and reserve a permit yourself on the web at: www.recreation.gov or by calling toll free 1-877-550-6777. If you prefer, we can reserve your permit for you. Fill out and return our Permit Reservation Application or give us a call, whichever is most convenient for you. Deposits - $50 deposit per person is required to confirm your reservation. Full refund will be made if you cancel more than 5 days before your scheduled arrival at Sawbill. The balance is due on the day your trip begins. There is no refund if you return early from your trip. 12

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