The diverse, rocky terrain found in the Boundary Waters provides a unique opportunity for backpacking trips. Hundreds of miles of trails connect the dense balsam, birch, and pine forests of our region. Whether hiking along the high, rocky cliffs overlooking Snowbank Lake, passing through the thick, cool stands of cedar along the Kekekabic Trail, or past remnants of the logging era on the Old Pines Trail, a different challenge awaits campers around every bend.

Some campers also venture by foot beyond the Boundary Waters. Each year, several will journey to Lake Superior’s North Shore to backpack along a section of the 310-mile-long Superior Hiking Trail. Veteran campers over 14 may take a ferry ride onto mighty Lake Superior to hike across Isle Royale National Park for an additional fee.