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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

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Address: MN 55725
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Part of the Superior National Forest, this vast area is about one million...

Part of the Superior National Forest, this vast area is about one million acres in size and is comprised of hundreds of lakes and over a thousand canoe passages.

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I love the BWCAW so much, I can't get enough of it. My favorite places are out of Ely, MN wit Hegman Lake at the top. All entry points are wonderful, it's really a matter of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2016
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

I love the BWCAW so much, I can't get enough of it. My favorite places are out of Ely, MN wit Hegman Lake at the top. All entry points are wonderful, it's really a matter of personal preference. September is ideal for me with May coming in a close second. Peace, tranquility and rejuvenation are my goals when going to... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

We spent only 4 nights there, what an experience. We we 4 and haven't met a soul until our last day there. Some of the portages were very painful (with our old heavy canoe) by the last day we were trying to avoid them at all cost! But we forgot all about the pain every time we stopped and took... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We canoed and camped in the Boundary Waters with 'Way to go' outfitters. It was the best experience ever! Donna, Jeff and Jake Hway can only be described as the most down to earth, friendly and knowledgeable people on the Boundary Waters. If you love the wilderness, experience it with the Hways. They are the best. They also do sled... More 

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

My wife, a friend, and myself camped out in the wilderness AUGUST 2014. The first night was creepy hearing all those sounds near the water knowing wild animals call it home. Eventually I fell asleep. The next morning we got a boat ride to the portage where we kayaked and canoed 2 miles. The next day we found a small... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

My husband and I traveled with our 22 year old son (some one has to carry the canoe). We stayed the night at the Clear Water lodge and entered the BWCAW early the next day. Our first portage was into south lake (entry point 58), we found a camp site and stayed the night. The next three days we went... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Used Spirit of the Wilderness in Ely, MN to outfit our recent family trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. We did their 5 day Kevlar Complete Equipment & Food Package They did a nice job and the equipment was in good working order and complete. We would definitely recommend them and would use them again. The food was... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Visiting Boundary Waters is something that I will never forget. The silence, mindfulness and human ruggedness of the experience is why i would go back in a heartbeat. We put in on Monday and got back out on Friday. There are many different options available depending on your desire of difficulty. I'd recommend getting setup with an outfitter in Ely,... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Well, I'm back again to my beloved BWCA with a return visit to Ensign and Vera lakes via Moose lake. Moose is a very busy starting point and as such sees a lot of travelers, especially on weekends. However, within a couple hours of leisurely paddling( providing the winds are favorable), you can either be on the Canadian border or... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I took my son to the BWCA as an alternative to a backpacking trip in the Beartooth mountains that was not able to happen. I am from MN, and can't believe that I have been out west soooo many times on wilderness backpacking trips, but have never tried this wilderness in my own back yard! We went in for four... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The BWCAW is a magical place far better than the nearby national park. We canoed around and it was simply a unique experience. The best thing about this place is the solitude. There are few motorboats (I say there should be none), which makes for a quiet, introspective experience great for recharging from modern life's hassles!

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