Is it global warming that is producing stormy weather? I have no clue but I do know I now dislike storms. The USFS issued this statement regarding campsites to the east of the Gunflint Trail near the Canadian Border.
Wilderness Storm Damage
Areas in the BWCAW that were hit hardest from the storm have suffered damage to latrines, latrine trails, portages and the general campsite area with uprooted and broken trees; making it impossible to camp and very difficult to travel in some areas. The Forest Service has crews working to assess damage and are busy clearing portages and campsites. Not all areas have impact from the storm. From initial reports, most damage occurred along the Canadian Border to the east of the Gunflint Trail.
Campers should plan ahead and find campsites early in the day if possible, just in case you need to travel further than expected to find a suitable site. When you select your site look for damaged trees and overhead hazards, as we have not yet been able to visit every site. Visitors should also remember this is a wilderness area and they should take extra time to discuss what they should do in the event of a thunderstorm. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call the Gunflint Ranger District at 218-387-1750.
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