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Planning your 2023 trips? Paddle Planner will make that process efficient, effective, and fun!
2023 Planning Sale!
There is only one day left on this sale!
Are you new to Paddle Planner? Through January 31st, the first 2,023 new* subscribers can get 23% off using coupon code PLAN2023.
*A new subscriber is anyone who has never subscribed to Paddle Planner OR anyone whose last subscription expired on or before December 31, 2021. If you are not a "new subscriber," don't worry - we still have something for you!
People who don't use the site have no idea what they're missing.
Farmington, MN
The Route Finder is the best part and sets this site far above other research sites for mapping the BWCA.
David Westenburg
Omaha, NE
Great place to start planning a trip.
Denton, TX
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"
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
I absolutely love using your site since I have been an interior park ranger in Algonquin Park for the past 4 years.
Conner Lockey
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.
Ely, MN
This site is an indispensable tool to help start planning your next Boundary Waters or Quetico trip.
Mike Burke
Shakopee, MN
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.
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.
Jackson, MO
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"
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
Very useful. Handy for getting a quick look at a route and doing more in-depth planning.
Randy Pfeifer
Warrenville, 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
My friend told me about this website. He thought it was better than sliced bread… Better than any other BWCA website.
Salem, IL
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
For planning, it's the best site. Well worth the investment.
Bobs Hoenisch
Rochester, 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
Planning your trip to the Boundary Waters and a bunch of other wildernesses will be made much easier if you start with
Quality website that can really help you with trip planning.
Mike Porter
Bettendorf, IA
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
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
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Route Builder
Planning a route has never been easier - or more fun! The route builder shows you instantaneously how long it will take you to get to that special lake. Paddling and portaging settings are fully customizable.
Campsite Reviews
Need to find a campsite for a large group? Wondering if that portage is full of knee-deep mud? View campsite reviews, portage comments, photos, and trip reports submitted by the community.
Lots More!
There are many more tools to help you plan your trip. See the full list of features on the membership page.
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If you are a current subscriber (or are otherwise not eligible for the PLAN2023 sale), don't worry! We have something for you, too!

Paddle Planner would not be what it is without people like you - paddlers who share their photos, trip reports, and campsite reviews. For each contribution to the community, you receive points. You can move up "levels" by attaining certain numbers of points. Once you attain specific levels, you receive a LIFETIME DISCOUNT to any future subscription renewals. Full details on how the points system works is found on the points page.

January is a crucial time for planning trips. Because January is so critical, we are going to give you extra points for helping out the paddling community.

Through January 31st, you will receive DOUBLE POINTS for any contributions! So go ahead and upload your photos from last year, write up your trip reports, submit your campsite reviews, and help out your fellow paddlers!
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