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2021 Boundary Waters Canoe Area Trip

Last updated Aug 7, 2021 Edit Source

Shell lake, BWCA

At the beginning of June this year, I went on a five-night canoe camping trip with family members in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), specifically the Shell Lake area off entry point 14.

This was my first canoe trip and my first time visiting the BWCA. Because of that, I had a lot of questions going into the trip.

Normally, on canoe trips, folks have a tendency to pack more similar to a car camping trip because the hikes, or portages, are short and the canoes instead carry most of the weight.

Ultimately, I fell back on my lightweight backpacking experience in preparation for the trip.

The weather forecast was above normal temps with the chance of rain. For the most part we got what the forecast called for but at different times. For most of the trip there was a nice breeze which made the bugs less of an issue, but I still stayed pretty well covered up.

# Packing List

# List


# Pack

Knolling my gear for BWCA

Knolling my gear for BWCA.

# Worn

Worn gear for hiking in to first camp

Worn gear for hiking in to first camp.

# Food

My food for the entire BWCA trip

My food for the entire BWCA trip.

# Not Pictured

Phone, map, canoe, pfd, paddle and little extra bits like spare zip-locks, silica packets and rope.

# Post-trip thoughts

With the trip behind me, I do want to record some thoughts about what worked and what didn’t and what I might do differently next time.

# Final thoughts

Overall, the preparation all came together nicely and it was a great trip. It was nice to connect with my family in another setting and I hope we do it again someday.

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