Dates: June 13th-19th, 2018
Location: Grand Marais, MN
Join us for a paddle through the vast wilderness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. This will be an epic trip with incredible scenery and some of the best fishing you’ve ever had. Local wildlife includes moose, otters, beaver, wolves, eagles, coyote and much more.
We will drive up Wednesday, June 13th and meet at the Trail Ends Campground in Grand Marais, MN (we may also opt to camp in the national forest closer to the “put in” location). This is where we will stay the first night and go over the finer details of our route and gear check as a group. In the morning, we will load canoes and shuttle cars if needed. There is a local outfitter that can provide any last minute items such as snacks, camping/fishing gear, batteries, extra maps, etc.
We will paddle and portage many miles in very remote wilderness. This time of year is prime fishing season so be prepared to reel in walleyes, monster northern, bass, and even lake trout. Meals will consist of hearty breakfasts, simple lunches, and fantastic dinners cooked over campfire. Of course, we can eat as much fish as we like.
On Tuesday, June 19th, we will break camp early and tackle one last stretch back to the exit point. Based on our route, we may need to shuttle back to the vehicles.
This trip is not for first-time paddlers. You should be comfortable in the water and able to portage your personal gear, lightweight canoes, and assist with group gear. The pace will be relaxed at times and challenging at others. We will be paddling several hours a day and portaging canoes over land. We plan to have a couple “zero travel days” during the week to relax, hike, swim, fish, and more.
AS ALWAYS >>> A gear list specifically for this trip will be sent out upon registration.
Cost: $600 ($50 off if paid before April 30th)
A $100.00 deposit is due to hold your spot. The remaining $500 is due by May 30th.
• BWCA Permits
• All meals
• Lightweight canoes
• Life Vests
• Comprehensive group medical kit
• Camping fees first night
• Group Kitchen
• Water filtration gear
• Misc Group Gear (food barrels, camp shower, tarps, etc)
• Personal Gear (sleeping bag, tent, clothes, mess kit, etc)
• Out of state fishing permit ($38 for 7 days)
• Personal fishing gear
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Nick Gordon, NREMT and Wilderness EMT, is the owner and lead instructor for NOW Outdoors LLC. He teaches more than a dozen wilderness adventure courses for UW-Milwaukee and teaches for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Nick has been teaching and guiding wilderness adventure, emergency readiness, and survival courses throughout the Great Lakes region and abroad. In addition to running the largest meetup community in Wisconsin, he also volunteers as a Regional Coordinator for the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education.