10 years of helping you plan the best paddling adventures!

10 years!

10 years ago I registered the domain name that eventually became Paddle Planner. To celebrate this occasion, we are releasing a completely redesigned website.

The new website is in beta, meaning it is still being tested and updated. If you have any problems or suggestions, please contact us.

We are going to run the old website and the new website in parallel for the time being. They use the same data, so doing something like uploading a photo or rating a campsite on one website will show up on the other. You can choose to use whichever website you want (although we really, really like the new one, and we think you will, too). In time we will retire the old site and just use the new one.

I have to give a shout out to Josh Vermast. He contacted me five years ago with ideas on how to make Paddle Planner better. Josh has been instrumental in redesigning the website. At times I think he despaired that I would ever finish. Here we are, though, five years later. Thank you, Josh, for sticking with me.

We hope you enjoy the new website. Here's to 10 years of making trips better. Paddle on!

The Route Finder provides clear detailed information and is reliable information both on the screen and put into action on the trail.
Lori Johnson
Minneapolis, MN
Retired not-for-profit program director, children's camp director, trip guide and outfitter, mother, grandmother and canoe traveler since 1962.
The Route Finder is the best part and sets this site far above other research sites for mapping the BWCA.
David Westenburg
Omaha, NE
People who don't use the site have no idea what they're missing.
Fishfry
Farmington, MN
Paddle Planner, had it existed back in the early 90's, would have been a valuable learning resource for us when we started canoeing. And indeed trip reports, photos, and the users forum make Paddle Planner a valuable learning resource. As a more experienced canoeist, I use the interactive maps extensively in planning trips and dreaming about trips.
Chris Hoepker
Planken, Liechtenstein
It's great for routing your trip and finding camp sites that may fit your needs. The route planner gives you mileage totals making it fun and helpful to calculate how far you'll travel.
"Local"
Ely, MN
The Route Finder is fantastic. I defy anyone to find anything so comprehensive that works this well. It's so quick and easy to modify, I will often use it for various 'what if?' scenarios.
David Knudsen "schweady"
Perham, MN
To help plan and anticipate for a better trip experience, more information is better in my opinion, and Paddle Planner presents a great source of information.
Boyd Zander
Glenview, IL
For planning, it's the best site. Well worth the investment.
Bobs Hoenisch
Rochester, MN
I found nothing comparable online and really compliment the creator on his dedication to building a great set of tools. Fantastic product (and I rarely give compliments like this)!
Craig Thies
Newton, IA
"BWCA Novice"
Very useful. Handy for getting a quick look at a route and doing more in-depth planning.
Randy Pfeifer
Warrenville, IL
Planning your trip to the Boundary Waters and a bunch of other wildernesses will be made much easier if you start with PaddlePlanner.com.
Quality website that can really help you with trip planning.
Mike Porter
Bettendorf, IA
PaddlePlanner is the first place I go to when planning a wilderness canoe trip. Throw away your string and rulers, the site's time and distance calculator lets you sketch out an entire trip.
Mike Wyganowski "Joe_Schmeaux"
I was attracted by the Route Finder interactive maps that allow me to quickly map out a route and give me a wealth of basic information about mileage, portages, and time.
A planning paddler
Paddle Planner is a huge asset when planning out your next canoe trip. I suggest it to anyone planning a canoe trip.
Grant Winter
Cook, MN
Voyageur Canoe Country
Great place to start planning a trip.
Andy
Denton, TX
Paddle Planner has it all...campsite reviews are helpful, the trip planner is awesome, and being able to download .gpx files are the icing on the cake.
JoeWildlife
Jackson, MO
This site is an indispensable tool to help start planning your next Boundary Waters or Quetico trip.
Mike Burke
Shakopee, MN
Easy way to measure trip distances as well as finding campsite and portage data along with it. I spent many years punching holes in maps with dividers. It's much easier this way.
Mike Schaeffer
Traverse City, MI
My friend told me about this website. He thought it was better than sliced bread… Better than any other BWCA website.
Ruddy
Salem, IL
Paddle Planner is the easiest tool on the net for quickly and effectively building trip plans for the Boundary Waters and Quetico.
Avid Paddler, Crazy Fisherman
New Albany, IN
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