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#1 Posted : Sunday, May 5, 2019 3:50:34 PM(UTC)

Hello all! I'm so excited to plan my first BWCA trip for this summer! I know I'm starting a bit late in the planning process, so I understand that flexibility will be important in terms of permits that are available. We are planning on either the weekend of June 21 or the last weekend in July. I have no idea where to start planning a route. We are planning on doing a 3 day Friday-Sunday trip. Sunday we will have to drive home to Minneapolis. I'm hoping we will be up at least in the Ely area on Friday morning and ready to leave right away in the morning. My friend that I'm going with has been to the BWCA once. We are both pretty experienced hikers, campers, and have done some backpacking as well. I have canoe camped once but it was on a river, which I know is a pretty different ballgame. I kayak frequently in the summer and have canoed many times before as well. We are both fit but not necessarily super experienced or extremely strong canoers.


We would like this trip to be relaxing and aren't necessarily looking to really to push ourselves majorly. I would say an easy to moderate difficulty route is preferred. We are mostly just looking for beautiful scenery, and peace and quiet. Wildlife sightings and great photographer opportunities would be a bonus. Where do I start the planning process and how do I pick a route that will give us this?


Thank you! 

#2 Posted : Monday, May 6, 2019 5:10:37 AM(UTC)

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I can't add a lot more than I did on another board but quickly assess what gear and supplies you don't already have, and work with an outfitter for other gear and supplies. You can kayak but very few do. For a two night trip, maybe.

I prefer Ely side over Grand Marias/Gunflint/east side. Depending on which (if) any) outfitter you use, which might affect your choice and options for entry points, I'd look at areas around Gabbro and Bald Eagle. Snake River, Little Gabbro, South Kawishiwi all work for this area. Go in, find a site by noon or 1, and enjoy. In that area consider a day trip up the Isabella River or maybe to Turtle or Gull.

And sign up here (and the other site) and ask away. And you can't beat the maps here. Don't use default background - I like the Argis.

And two nights is very short. I think 5 or 6 is too brief and try for two weeks, but even 3 or 4 would give a better feel.

Good luck!
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