Believe it or not, summer is right around the corner and it’s time to start planning our trips. In a couple of weeks, the National Forest Service will open BWCAW wilderness reservations for the 2019 summer season. In addition to our most popular wilderness routes, camp will offer a Quetico fishing trip and a five-day hike on Isle Royale the first two weeks of each session. Our Advanced Trips are offered during the second two weeks of each session. Each permit we make requires the names of four registered campers, so we ask that you select your son’s preferences from the options listed below.
Trips below are offered on a first-come basis. Campers may request one friend to accompany them on a trip.
Head a day’s paddle into the Quetico Provincial Park for the ultimate fishing experience. Camp five nights on Other Man Lake in the southern Canadian Wilderness, filling your daily limit and tummy with trophy smallmouth, pike, and walleye. Additional fee of $400. To be eligible for this Quetico trip, campers must:
Hike the gorgeous Feldtmann Loop on Isle Royale National Park. Watch the colorful sunset on Rainbow Cove. Swim in frigid Lake Superior at Siskiwit Bay. Discover Isle Royale’s history at the abandoned Isle Mine. Catch a glimpse of an elusive moose. To be eligible for this hike, campers must:
For campers who have previously attended camp and proven proficient in wilderness tripping. Advanced Trips explore unique wilderness destinations and challenge our experienced campers’ abilities to develop more perseverance. This year’s Advanced Trips:
The Quetico Provincial Park of Ontario is the preferred destination for many wilderness canoeists and fishermen. Thousands of emerald lakes and rivers flow through the Quetico bound for Hudson Bay. The Quetico is more remote than the popular BWCAW, so she’s teaming with game fish. Whether you move daily or sit at a favorite campsite, you’ll see few other visitors here. Portages and campsites are primitive, adding to the allure of this wilderness. Campers must carry a US passport, an RABC permit, and a letter of permission from a parent or guardian to enter Canada. Parents apply for the RABC (Remote Area Border Crossing) permit online. This trip carries an additional fee of $400. Quetico entry reservations dry up by the spring, so sign up now for the trip a lifetime.
Hike the varied forests and rocky ridges of the Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior. This trek begins with a ferry ride from Grand Portage to Wendigo. Then hike for days through pine, cedar, and birch forests, along beaches and rocky coves. Isle Royale is home to wolves, moose and spectacular vistas. Hiking on the chilly north shore of Lake Superior requires a stocking cap, wool socks and liners, broken in hiking boots, and quality rain gear. Come to camp with a quality rain jacket and pants and be prepared to backpack up to one third of your body weight for 10 to 15 miles a day. Additional fee of $400.
Paddle east from camp along the iconic inland water route preferred by French Voyageurs to Lake Superior. The crystal-clear Knife Lake, Granite River, Rose, and Mountain Lakes lead east to the Height of Land and down the rapid Pigeon River. Then comes your ultimate challenge; the 8.5-mile portage topped with a plunge into the frigid Lake Superior waters. The promise of new toque and some pizza at Sven and Ole’s make the 10-day paddle worth the effort.
Kayakers will embark on a 10-day tour of the Apostle Island National Lake Shore on Lake Superior. The Apostle Islands are a summer boating destination which feature crystal clear waters, sand beaches, historical sites, rocky shores, and magical sea caves. This trip is reserved for select Voyageurs who have proven their skill on numerous wilderness trips over multiple summers. The crew will practice kayaking skills in camp and attend a special training session in Bayfield, Wisconsin. This trip fills up fast, so sign up now. Additional fee of $400.