• Boundary Waters Canoe Trip, Superior National Forest, MN, August 22-30, 2020

Boundary Waters Canoe Trip, Superior National Forest, MN, August 22-30, 2020

  • 22 Aug 2020
  • 30 Aug 2020
  • BWCA, Superior National Forest, MN


  • Deposit Trip Fee Payment is due at sign up. Any remaining balance of the Deposit Trip Fee Payment is due January 18, 2020. After this date, the event goes public and any partial deposit entries have the potential to be moved to the wait list.
  • Wait List Payment is due at sign up. This registration DOES NOT QUARANTEE a place on the trip. You will be notified when space becomes available.


Boundary Waters Canoe Area Trip

Superior National Forest, MN

August 22-30, 2020

Co-Trip Leaders: Kevin Ayers and John Carlson

Type of Trip: Canoeing

Trip Cost/Deposit: $525/$260

Cancellation Date and full payment: May 30, 2020

Wilderness Level: 4 Very Remote

Trip Difficulty: 

Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

Level 4

Lake Paddling – wearing PDF required 

1. Warm (above 65 degrees) calm waters – very little wind.

2. Cool waters / slightly windy, waves up to one foot – water in BWCA is always cool with waves when the wind is up

3. Challenges from wind & waves – a BWCA trip may experience days with wind. Schedule will allow for adjustments in case of being wind bound.

4. Portages: (number, longest, terrain) depending on the route selected, estimate 20+, longest less then a mile, terrain includes hills with rocks and roots

Group Size: 8/7 Maximum/Minimum

Adults Only

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is over 1 million acres of wilderness where the glaciers left behind rugged cliffs, canyons, gentle hills, towering rock formations, rocky shores, sandy beaches and thousands of lakes and streams, interspersed with islands and surrounded by forest. This unique area is located in northeastern Minnesota along the Canadian border. Join the crew for a week-long early fall trip paddling and portaging lightweight Kevlar canoes through this amazing wilderness enjoying the water, beautiful scenery, wildlife, and ending our days with the milky way stretching out overhead like a blanket. This trip will be a combination of canoeing and portaging (hiking between bodies of water). This is a level 4 trip due the remoteness of the area and physical requirements to paddle a canoe and carry gear and canoes.

Who Should Participate in this Trip:

This trip will be suited for those new to the Boundary Waters or those with canoe tripping experience. The route is planned for a beginner friendly group. However you should have some backcountry camping experience. At times we will be two days or more from a road access. You will need to be a good physical shape in order to carry weight over portages and be able camp in remote places over the better part of a week. See prerequisites below. If you want to experience wilderness travel at its best you’ll want to go canoe camping in the Boundary Waters. If needed, Introduction to Canoe Camping can be your qualifying event.


· Introduction to Canoe Camping or similar experience (check with leaders)

· Ability to Carry 40-45 lb. Packs and Canoes Over Portages.

· A pre-trip meeting may be necessary to go over gear needs, packing requirements and trip logistics in general.

The two day ride up will allow for a relaxed drive, overnighting at a Wisconsin cabin providing an opportunity to organize personal and crew gear saving time at the outfitters in Ely. We’ll also have time to stop in Duluth and have more time in Ely before bunking down the night to get a good night’s rest before hitting the water. After we come off the water we’ll get showers at the outfitters, eat lunch in Ely and start the two day drive back home.

Those going on the trip should attend the canoe trip training weekend.

Questions may be submitted to ciwcinfo@gmail.com.

All trip participants must fill out and submit a CIWC Medical Form  and Long Waiver Form.  

Effective on all trips, there will be a $50 non refundable registration fee. This fee will be assessed to those who sign up for a trip, get on the roster and then later cancel. Even cancelling before the cancel date. Those who never make the active roster (i.e. those who stay on the waitlist) will NOT be charged the $50 cancellation fee. 

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