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BWCA Celebrates 40 Years

From the USFS… The BWCAW became part of a National Wilderness Preservation System with signing of the 1964 Wilderness Act. According to the Act, Wilderness is “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man

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Small Fire in the Boundary Waters

A small fire was detected on Ogishkemuncie Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area on July 30th. At approximately 5:15 p.m. on July 31 the U.S. Forest Service sent the following update on the wildfire.  On July 30, a lighting

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How to poop in the woods or the Quetico Park

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has fancy latrines at every campsite. This makes pooping in the woods very easy. The Quetico Park and many other wilderness areas do not have latrines. Some places make you pack your poop and

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Muddy portage paths in the Boundary Waters

The Leave No Trace principle of not hiking on a muddy trail doesn’t work well if you’re on a portage in the Boundary Waters or on a thru-hike on some extensive hiking trail. In the BWCA you will encounter wet

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BWCA open for business

Great news for people looking to head into the BWCA! Saganaga Lake is open all the way to Clark Island! OK, so it’s the first island on Sag but keep in mind there are campsites on Clark and in the

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Once upon a time

There was open water and my children were little so we took a canoe trip in the Boundary Waters.

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False sense of security

The late spring has lulled me into a false sense of security. The snow covered ground and ice covered lakes makes one think summer is far away but in reality it’s not. It’s this time of the year we check

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Proposed tower will be visible in the Boundary Waters

The last thing I want to see as I’m paddling across a wilderness lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a tower. Well, maybe not the last thing because I wouldn’t want to see a body floating or

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Cell phone service in the Boundary Waters

I hate to even type the title of this blog. I think allowing cell phone activity in the BWCA would be a terrible thing for our wilderness.  I can just imagine portaging into Ram Lake and hearing the sound of

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Photos of Stairway Portage

I found some neat pictures online the other day. They are the property of the Cook County Historical Society and they were taken when Stairway Portage was being built. The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the new wooden staircase that bypasses

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  • The Boundary Waters is on the top ten list for weekend getaways in Minnesota. I agree, just maybe not this weekend.… t.co/1Fmr2tT9wz

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