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Boundary Waters
« on: October 18, 2015, 04:50:06 PM »
My sons troop is planning a trip to the Boundary Waters next spring.
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/superior/specialplaces/?cid=stelprdb5202169

It will be my our last trip before my son turns 18.
 Looking for advice from the river rats or anyone who has been there.
I don't have a lot of info, we will be using a outfitter to supply the canoes and major gear so we won't have to hall ours up. I don't think the troop canoes are up to it anyway.
I would like to use my little kayak but could not carry enough gear for a week. It would have to ride in one of the canoes . I am not one to let someone else hump my gear. So I think that's out.
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2015, 05:08:09 PM »
How many days will you have available for the trip? 
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2015, 07:02:34 PM »
I think it will be a week long with 5 on the water. leaving 2 for driving. My hope / plan is to go light with a hammock & tarp. I don't know about the rain in late May but the bugs shouldn't be bad.
 Really info about rain & bugs is one of the reasons I made this thread.
Have you been there Wolfy?   
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2015, 08:49:22 PM »
Quite a few times, but never in May.  I was a farmer you know. ;)    Do you have any areas in mind?   It's been a number of years, but I took a couple of shorter 4-5 day trips off of the Farm Lake and the South Kawishiwi River access points that were on smaller lakes and were of a circuitous nature and there were not a lot of people present for being that close to Ely.  Farm Lake is not entirely within the BWCAW, so there is some motorboat traffic on the first part of the lake which I think may discourage a lot of people from using it......a GOOD thing!  You might want to contact your outfitter for his reccomendations, too.  Tell them what you desire most in a trip and they will be of great help.....lt's their bread & bultter.

Prices have certainly escalated from when I took my first trip up there as an Eagle Scout.....$14/day for full outfitting at Bill Rom's Canoe Country Outfitters, but that's only been a little over 50 years ago, too. :-\
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2015, 05:34:55 PM »
We will be going to the troop meeting in a few minutes. I will see if I can get any more info.
what I would like is going where we ill not see any one else the whole time but the reality is with the boys some as young as 13 we should probably stay a little nearer to people .
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2015, 06:13:35 PM »
That sound like an awesome trip. Can't wait for my cub scout to be able to do those things. If it were me, mind you I'm lazy, I'd make the boss carry all my gear. It's a great lesson that life isn't fair and that until they are adults your calling the shots :)
Of course that could result in a mutany and end with you marooned on a sand bar. Decisions.
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2015, 08:49:10 PM »
Marooned on a sand bar? OK just give me 10 items  ;D
sounds like we will be heading out by Ely Minnesota. Don't have a outfitter picked. Sounds like we can camp anywhere we find a fire ring.
looking forward to the trip.
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2015, 09:16:16 PM »
You do know you need permits and an entry point picked WAAAY ahead of time, don't you?   There are daily quotas for the number of parties and people at each point, too.  The most popular routes fill up quickly!
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2015, 05:19:04 PM »
Our scout master is going to pick a outfitter soon. We will let them worry about the permits.
think if we get it set with a outfitter by the end of the year it will be enough time?
 I would think so.
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2015, 05:56:13 PM »
I doubt that you can reserve a specific entry point/route before the next calendar year, but I don't know that for sure, either.  Point being, if you have your heart set on a certain entry point/route and a specific week and dates during the heaviest visitor period, you can't be too quick on the draw......pun intended. ;)

Be sure to fill us in on the route and other particulars as soon as you know.  This is the type of stuff that makes the outfitters worth what you pay them! O:-)
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2015, 06:30:08 PM »
I will update when I know more.
I was think what gear to bring. I tend to bring more toys then I need.
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2015, 06:44:49 PM »
The list of gear that an outfitter provides for 'full outfitting' and their suggestions for what you need for 'personal items' will give you an idea of what you NEED to bring......the rest of the stuff you bring is up to you, but remember that YOU will have to carry it over the portages! :-\ :P
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2016, 07:39:17 AM »
SO? :shrug:
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2016, 07:32:37 PM »
Sorry I kind of forgot about the thread. We are set to go next month. The outfitter will provide just about everything but personal gear. Still I think I will pack my tarp, Fiskers hatchet,folding saw, water filter,fire kit & a good knife or two.
Looking forward to it. I will try and take lots of photos and report when we get back.
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #14 on: April 09, 2016, 08:17:06 PM »
I'll hold you to that promise! ;)

Have a GREAT TIME! :banana: :canoe:
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2016, 07:32:58 AM »
Hope you all have a fun and safe time. Looking forward to reading about it.


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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2016, 09:18:32 AM »
Here's an expandable detailed map of the BWCAW/Quetico, so you can show us your route.....

http://www.piragis.com/images/boundarywatersmappiragis.pdf

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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2016, 02:29:59 PM »
Thanks that looks like the map we were using to plain. We have a meeting tomorrow and I will confirm but I think we are going in at 14 coming out at 16. It doesn't look far on the map . I think it is about 36 river miles.Going North and East then back down.
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #18 on: June 06, 2016, 08:02:15 PM »
We just got back tonight and I am unpacking. Over all we went about 35 miles in canoes and about 3 in portages. Weather was not great . We got rain everyday but had a great time. I will post pictures when I can.
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #19 on: June 06, 2016, 08:11:23 PM »
Weather is always a 'wild card' up there.  :-\    You just can't plan that far ahead and expect to outguess it........I guess. :shrug:   My guess is you made the best of it and were 'Prepared!'

I'm really looking forward to the pictures!  :stir: :choptree: :chopwood: :camp: :canoe: :canoe:  :camp:
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #20 on: June 07, 2016, 05:03:53 AM »
Weather is always a 'wild card' up there.  :-\    You just can't plan that far ahead and expect to outguess it........I guess. :shrug:   My guess is you made the best of it and were 'Prepared!'

I'm really looking forward to the pictures!  :stir: :choptree: :chopwood: :camp: :canoe: :canoe: :camp:


Ditto!


I had been wondering when you were going on this trip. Been thinking about you & them fellers up there. One of my favorite places.
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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #21 on: June 07, 2016, 07:42:54 AM »
Here are a few photos from the trip.

Might not be "big"water but bigger then I am use to. All the boys did a great job!


Winding rivers. My son did most of the navigating.( With a map that said "not for navigational use")


Camped 4 nights.


Good food.


Hung it every night.


Caught a pike on my birthday.


Nuff said.


We did get rain everyday...Then we got this.

 
Climbed this...


Got a great view of the valley & river we just came up.

I have over 200 photos but most have the youth or adults in them & so will not be posted with out permission. 

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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #22 on: June 07, 2016, 08:48:17 AM »
Get to postin'.......you have MY permission!  :hail: :lol:


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Re: Boundary Waters
« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2016, 08:58:27 AM »
Great trip report  :thumbsup:
makes me want to head down to the river...nice photos...nice fish!...a little rain cleanses the soul!...woods
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