September 26 - 30, 2018
Our Fall Colors Guided Boundary Waters Canoe Trip is your chance to experience the most colorful time of year in the Boundary Waters with fellow wilderness travelers and a professional guide. We’ve timed this trip for when leaves are typically at their most colorful - and mosquitoes are a distant memory.
The trip starts with a shuttle up the scenic Echo Trail, which is itself a scenic fall colors destination. You’ll launch from the Little Indian Sioux North entry point and spend the first day paddling and portaging for approximately five miles along the Little Indian Sioux River. Along the way you’ll see the enchanting Elm Falls as you portage around it. Then you’ll set up camp on one of the Pawness Lakes. The next two days will be spent exploring the surrounding area by canoe and on foot. You’ll explore the scenic Devil’s Cascades where the river cascades for a half mile over boulders and small drops. You’ll also take in a scenic overlook from a high point looking out at a panorama of colors. In addition, you’ll have time to explore the Sioux-Hustler Hiking Trail as well as several nearby lakes.
On the last day, you and the group will break down camp and return to the shop.
Overall, this trip is relatively physically easy and is intended to be accessible for people of various fitness levels. Interested participants should feel comfortable carrying a backpack over uneven and potentially slippery or rocky portage trails.
All trip participants will be outfitted with our complete outfitting package which includes everything from ultralight Kevlar canoes to comfy sleeping bags, pillows, and our mouth-watering menu.
The temps at this time of year can drop to levels that make hot drinks particularly attractive - so we’ll bring extra. The September average high temp is 64 F and low 44 F. All participants receive a thorough packing list prior to the trip to ensure you don’t forget your long underwear, wool socks, stocking cap, and rain gear. You may also consider bringing or renting a pair of rubber boots to keep your feet dry while getting in and out of the canoes.
This trip is a great way for first-time paddlers to experience the BWCA. Our guides create a supportive environment and follow an itinerary that gives everyone ample opportunities to fish, photograph, read, or explore on their own. If you want to further your own wilderness skills, your guide will be happy teach you all that you’re curious about.
Sign up by yourself or bring along a friend. We look forward to heading out into these beautiful woods with you!
The cost of this trip includes quality canoe and camping equipment, trail food, your professional guide, shuttles to and from your entry and exit point, and your required BWCA permit.