This video shows a typical Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness portage. It is the portage going west out of Jordan Lake in the BWCAW. Portages are trails connecting bodies of water.  They are the efficient route for carrying your canoes and gear between lakes on a wilderness canoe trip.

I tell people if you think you’ve found the portage and it looks like a wild animal trail, then it is probably a wild animal trail and not the portage.  There are no signs posted indicating the location of a portage, but portages are accurately shown on our large scale navigation maps.