• Boundary Waters Canoe Area Trip, Superior National Forest, MN, August 20-28, 2022

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Trip, Superior National Forest, MN, August 20-28, 2022

  • 20 Aug 2022
  • 28 Aug 2022
  • Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, 8901 Grand Avenue Pl, Duluth, MN 55808


Boundary Waters Canoe Area Trip

Superior National Forest, MN

August 20-28, 2022

Co-Trip Leaders: John Carlson and Janice Windes

Type of Trip: Paddling

Trip Cost/Deposit: $660/$330

Cancellation Date and full payment: May 20, 2022

Wilderness Level: 4 - Very Remote   

Trip Difficulty: Less than 50 miles paddling total; less than 10 miles paddling one day max; estimated 20+ portages less than a mile; terrain includes hills with rocks and roots

Policy on Fitness Self-Assessment 

Level 3: Applies to backpacking trips in which we hike with 25-35 pound backpacks. In one day, we can hike up to 7 miles and 3000 feet of elevation gain on maintained trails, or up to 5 miles and 2000 feet of elevation gain on more rugged trails. For a Level 3 trip you should be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles in a day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 25-pound backpack.

Level 4: Denotes backpacking trips on established but rugged, unmaintained trail with multi-day backpacks (30-40 pounds). The hiking can be steep and sustained with long daily distances (up to 9 miles) and significant elevation change (up to 4000 feet). You should be comfortable running/biking/hiking for several hours without many breaks.

Group Size: 6/6 Maximum/Minimum

Adults Only

***Before registering***

While considering your participation in CIWC trips, be aware that some trips will involve shared transportation, lodging, and other activities. Each participant is encouraged to evaluate your comfort level with such arrangements based on your health condition, vaccination status, and unknown COVID positivity rates at the time of the trip.  Members are encouraged to review the COVID waiver as a part of this evaluation.

Boundary Waters Canoe Trip, Superior National Forest, MN August 20-280, 2022

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 hotel 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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