View Larger Map Depending on who manufactured the maps you’re looking at, you may find the Little Gabbro Lake portage listed as 104 rods, 200 rods, or 290 rods. It’s the only BWCAW portage I’m aware of that has such wildly different lengths listed on different maps. It’s not unusual for the same portage to…Details
The US Forest Service provided the following information on campsite changes for the start of the 2012 paddling season: Some BWCAW lakes and rivers will have fewer campsites open for use as a result of the Pagami Creek Fire. Forest Service crews will be opening most impacted campsites early in the 2012 season. However, some…Details
The US Forest Service has notified us of the following changes due to the Pagami Creek Fire: Forest Service staff evaluated BWCAW campsites within the Pagami Creek Fire burn area and determined that some need to be closed until they can be rehabilitated. Some campsites have safety hazards such as hazard trees and some have…Details
This unique Photo Workshop trip is a great opportunity to develop your photography skills under the direction of renowned magazine and nature photographer Layne Kennedy. A Minneapolis-based professional photographer, Layne’s newest book on the Boundary Waters, titled “Paddle North,” was released in November 2010. Layne’s work is also featured frequently in Smithsonian, Life, Newsweek, Forbes,…Details
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Ely Outfitting Company and Boundary Waters Guide Service! We hope you enjoy your winter looking forward to your next canoe trip in the Boundary Waters, and we hope you enjoy our festive and well-lit approach to the holidays!
Summer BWCAW canoe camping trips still require quota entry permits, but the Forest Service has changed the way early planners apply for those permits. For years, early planners applied for permits during a Dec. 1 to Jan. 15 “lottery” period. In the lottery, you selected a desired entry point and date. At the end of…Details
Dave portaging near the Taltson River in the Northwest Territories. Dave and Amy Freeman, their friend Bryan Hansel, and their dog Fennel hiked down the Grand Portage to Lake Superior yesterday, completing their 2,300 mile paddle from Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories to Grand Portage, Minnesota. This marks the end of the fourth stage of…Details
Some guests spent a week paddling one of my favorite BWCA canoe routes recently. Besides some amazingly warm and lovely late-season weather, they also had a front row seat to a spectacular northern lights display. Kudos to them for bringing along a nice camera and tripod that allowed them to capture this image of the…Details
Some previously closed areas of the Boundary Waters have been reopened by the USFS. This map shows current closures.
With the Pagami Creek Fire now 53% contained and almost a thousand people assigned to the incident, we are going to stop posting these daily updates. Of course, we will provide important news as it arises. TODAY’S MESSAGE: The Pagami Creek Fire is now 53% contained. Size remains the same at 93,459 acres. Today warmer dryer…Details