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    Boundary Waters

    Anyone ever been? I'm going next weekend and was wondering if anyone had any tips on what to take and what to leave at home since we will be portaging in. We are going in on Moose Lake and working our way up to Ensign Lake. I was told smallmouth is the to easiest catch, but hopefully the walleye are biting.


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    Re: Boundary Waters

    Lets start with what do you plan to bring and where are you starting?

    BWCA is amazing, btw.



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    Re: Boundary Waters

    Love conoeing around the boundary waters.
    What are you looking to fish for most of the time? (that is if you're going there to fish)


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    Re: Boundary Waters

    Was up there in late June in the Sawbill area. Bring your bug spray.



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    Re: Boundary Waters

    Did the Boundary Waters last summer. We entered in from Seagull Lake I believe. Hopefully you will not start at the Seagull Outfitter, otherwise it is quite the canoe trip/portage hike to unburned forest.

    Don't bring more food than you need... but it is hard to tell because the fishing is so terrible up there anymore that you may want to make sure you have enough food in case you aren't bringing in any fish. The 10hp motorboat lakes are terrible for fishing because locals come in early in the morning hit all the spots and leave you with nothing! Also, if you can survive without hand/dish soap, then leave it at home. The soap is hurting the ecosystem, at least that is what I am told. Finally, I'd say bring minimal clothing... if you have 1 or 2 ExOfficio shirts/pants, that should do it! They are plenty durable and can dry very quickly.

    Other than that, I have nothing more to say! Good Luck! (I'm very jealous)



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    Re: Boundary Waters

    From what I've had described to me regarding a boundary waters trip, your in for hell.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dualthreat View Post
    From what I've had described to me regarding a boundary waters trip, your in for hell.
    Some people just aren't ready for the rugged outdoors... there is work involved, definitely! But it is well worth it in the end. Beautiful country!



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    Re: Boundary Waters

    Yes, bring a lot of bug spray. The kind that is 100% DEET.

    I also took a head net for when it got really bad. That came in handy quite a bit in the evening.


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    Pack light, don't wear cotton, and don't wear any cologne or shave right before you go in otherwise the blackflies will kill you...


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    Re: Boundary Waters

    Was there many years ago as a kid. The first year it rained 8 out of 10 days and the first day it took us three hours to boil some water. Next year we took a Coleman stove.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dualthreat View Post
    From what I've had described to me regarding a boundary waters trip, your in for hell.
    Really? I've been there twice and loved it both times. Yes, it involves a lot of physical labor, but still amazing and a great time with friends/family.



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    Re: Boundary Waters

    Been 5 times in the last 6 years(went to the Missouri above Peck dam 1 year in the middle). Just got back from there on the 18th, absolutely love the iy, both Gunflint and Ely area.
    Bring:
    -100% deet, bugs are relatively bad year and we were bothered by biting flies at our final camp, regular bug spray didn't seem to be as effective as 100% deet
    -Quick dry clothes but not too many, I typically go with 2 sets of clothes 1 that I wear in and a dry pair in case I get wet + a fleece if its cold(was blazing hot when we were up this year so I didn't even pack the fleece).
    - I know many will advise hiking shoes or boots for portages, personally I find a sturdy pair of sandals(Keens being my choice) more than sufficient unless you are really do a lot of long portaging.
    -A good book
    -Really think over the food pack and what you need and don't need, our first year we packed way too much.
    Speaking of food we've found our fairly efficient lunch solution to be tortilla pbj + summer sausage(since it doesn't need refrigeration until after opening). Its fair space efficent and has the bonus of not needing to boil water.
    - If you have the option/money Kevlar or to a lesser extent Duralite canoes are nice vs Aluminum, you definitely notice the weight difference on the longer portages.

    Out of curiosity what lake are you going in on and taking out at?


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    Re: Boundary Waters

    On a related topic, have any of you done the Tuscarora portage? We entered at Round Lake when we went and I got to experience it on my first ever trip up there.


    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMWilliams View Post
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    So frickin jealous of what they have in Ames. It's truly amazing what Fred has done coming in with 0 coaching experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crash_zone View Post
    Really? I've been there twice and loved it both times. Yes, it involves a lot of physical labor, but still amazing and a great time with friends/family.
    I was there about 1995 with my son on a church youth trip. At the time I said it was not much fun. But my memories of it are great. Lots of mosquitoes (bugs - not sure of spelling), lots of work during portages but still it was a great week. I look back at it with lots of fond memories.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bosco View Post
    Was up there in late June in the Sawbill area. Bring your bug spray.
    Been through Lake Sawbill outfitters twice, love it. Went up the chain of lakes and got away from everybody and absolutely killed the smallies, walleyes, and the northerns. Had one hard day of paddling and portaging and found a lake where nobody else was on, and spent 5 days there. We took the bare minimum as far as clothes and food, the food was provided through our outfitter, all we had was a canoe and a tent for the 6 days we were there. Can't wait to go back.


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