Boundary Waters Trails

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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness-Crooked Lake-Basswood River :: Ely, MN

Here's a trip that provides great fishing and backwoods travel - if you're ready to portage. Put in on the small creek leading to Mudro Lake. Paddle to the northern corner of the lake and follow a 30-rod (165 yards) portage and 140-rod (770 yards)

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness-Louse River :: Tofte, MN

If you like the idea of paddling and portaging deep into the woods, here's a trip for you. The total distance is 35 miles and 35 portages, including a monster carry of 1.5 miles near the end. Paddling time is two to five days, depending on your de

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness-Basswood Lake :: Ely, MN

A trip to Basswood Lake doesn't require much portaging but puts the paddler into some of the best fishing in Minnesota. With hundreds of lakes and few serious anglers at work, the Boundary Waters offers remarkable fishing for northern pike, walley

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness-Hegman Lake :: Ely, MN

This is a great trip short trip- perfectly suited for beginners- with a short portage and a surprise at the end. Portage into North Hegmen and paddle to the narrows at the far end of the lake to view the collection of dark red figures and symbols on

North F D :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

North F D is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Cook County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 1,753 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 524 feet

Caribou Lake Route Backcountry Showshoe Trail :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Caribou Lake Route Backcountry Showshoe Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Cook County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 4.6 miles long and begins at 1,896 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.9 miles wit

Moose Trail :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Moose Trail is a hiking trail in Cook County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 5.0 miles long and begins at 1,924 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 719 feet.

Eagle Mountain Hiking Trail :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Eagle Mountain Hiking Trail is a hiking trail in Cook County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 3.2 miles long and begins at 1,744 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,030 fee

Gneiss Trail :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Gneiss Trail is a hiking trail in Cook County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 1,445 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 417 feet.

Banadad Ski Trail :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Banadad Ski Trail is a hiking trail in Cook County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 16.8 miles long and begins at 1,870 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 33.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,162 feet. The B

Border Route Trail :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Border Route Trail is a hiking trail in Cook County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 37.9 miles long and begins at 1,554 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,323 feet. The W

Portage :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Portage is a hiking trail in Cook County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 1,847 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 138 feet. Along the trail the

Kekekabic Trail :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Kekekabic Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Lake County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 1,556 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 14

Portage :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Portage is a hiking trail in Lake County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,510 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 15 feet.

Old Pines Trail :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Old Pines Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Lake County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 15.5 miles long and begins at 1,515 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 5

Portage :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Portage is a hiking trail in Lake County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,343 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 237 feet.

Portage :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Portage is a hiking trail in Lake County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 1,486 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 80 feet.

Forest Rt 179 :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Forest Rt 179 is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Lake County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 5.1 miles long and begins at 1,557 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 174

Portage :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Portage is a hiking trail in Lake County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 1,437 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 18 feet.

Portage :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Portage is a hiking trail in Lake County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 1,512 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 49 feet.

Portage :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Portage is a hiking trail in Lake County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 1,485 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 38 feet.

Snowbank Trail :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Snowbank Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Lake County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 18.5 miles long and begins at 1,484 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 37.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 4

Stuart Portage :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Stuart Portage is a hiking trail in Saint Louis County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 1,436 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 324 feet.

Angleworm Trail :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Angleworm Trail is a hiking trail in Saint Louis County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 8.0 miles long and begins at 1,520 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 15.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,092 feet. T

Cloquet Line :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Cloquet Line is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Saint Louis County and Lake County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 1,368 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.8 miles with a total

Sioux Hustler Trail Spur :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Sioux Hustler Trail Spur is a hiking trail in Saint Louis County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 288 feet long and begins at 1,374 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 45 fee

Sioux Hustler Trail Spur :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Sioux Hustler Trail Spur is a hiking trail in Saint Louis County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 1,354 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 106 f

Pow-Wow Trail :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Pow-Wow Trail is a hiking trail in Lake County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 1,583 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 130 feet. Near the trai

Border Route Trail :: Boundary Waters Canoe Area, MN

Border Route Trail is a hiking trail in Cook County, Minnesota. It is within Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It is 60.5 miles long and begins at 1,476 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 24.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,630 feet.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness :: Superior, MN

Calling the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) a campground is like referring to the Grand Canyon as a pothole. The BWCAW stretches more than a million acres from Ely on the west to Grand Marais on the east, contained within the Superior N

East Bearskin Lake Campground :: Grand Marais, MN

This campground is a good choice for campers who want access to the Boundary Waters but can still car camp. Two eastern bays of East Bearskin Lake are within the Boundary Waters (boaters who access them will need to obtain the required permit), and t

Iron Lake Campground :: Grand Marais, MN

The area around Iron Lake Campground is still recovering from a massive fire in 2007, but it provides a unique view of an environment rebuilding itself from a natural disaster. While not officially part of the Boundary Waters, the terrain and scenery

Hinsdale Island Campground :: Cook, MN

Located in Kabetogama State Forest, this rustic boat- in campground is on Hinsdale Island, in Lake Vermilion. Note that this can be a choppy lake with strong winds and changeable weather, meaning you’ll need to be a strong boater (or have a good moto

Flour Lake Campground :: Grand Marais, MN

On the far end of the Gunflint Trail is this rustic campground on the shores of Flour Lake, a good fishing lake where you can expect to catch walleye, lake trout, and smallmouth bass. It’s also remote enough for excellent wildlife viewing and bird wa

Fall Lake Campground :: Ely, MN

Fall Lake Campground is one of the entry points to the Boundary Waters, and part of the campground is within the BWCAW. Parts of Fall Lake itself are within the BWCAW and fall under the wilderness area restrictions, while the rest of the lake is open

Esther Lake Campground :: Hovland, MN

Located within Grand Portage State Forest, this is the campground to seek if you want to get away from it all. With three secluded, primitive spots residing almost 20 miles from the nearest town amid deep forest, the campground offers a nature immers

Echo Lake Campground :: Orr, MN

Located within Superior National Forest, Echo Lake Campground is also near Boundary Waters entry points and is often used as a night before or after stop by campers heading into the wilderness. The campsites are not right on the water, but are se

Devilfish Lake Campground :: Hovland, MN

Located within Grand Portage State Forest, this primitive campground is small, and each site has its own driveway and walking path to the lake. The forest itself offers 30 miles of hiking trails, including connections to the Border Route Trail and th

Two Island Lake Campground :: Grand Marais, MN

This is a “best of both worlds” campground in that it’s both remote in feeling, but actually close enough to Grand Marais to make trips into town quick and easy. Two Island Lake is a great fishing lake, with bountiful walleye, smallmouth bass, and no

Windy Lake Rustic Campground & Backcountry Sites :: Tofte, MN

Located within Superior National Forest, this small campground offers as much wilderness and privacy as the Boundary Waters. Only one site is reachable by vehicle; the other 3 must use boats. Windy Lake is a good source of whitefish and walleye.

Timber - Frear Lakes Loop :: Tofte, MN

This 15-mile loop of backcountry lakes resembles a route in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, but without the regulations or the need to register. You can launch at either Whitefish or Finger Lake and take the loop in either direction. T

Cannon River Wilderness Area Trail :: Faribault, MN

Wilderness is often used quite loosely to describe a primitive area with minimal development. One person’s wilderness is a bare-bones survival camp, while another’s is vault toilets and no showers. There are two officially designated wilderness a

Secret - Blackstone - Ennis Lake Trail :: Ely, MN

Located in the Superior National Forest on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the Secret-Blackstone-Ennis Lake Trail ascends rocky, glacier-carved ridges that overlook small pothole lakes left by glacial meltwater. This area is

High Falls—Grand Portage State Park :: Grand Portage, MN

The Ojibwe Indians named the Grand Portage Git-che O niga-ming, “the great carrying place.” This 9-mile overland route served as a link between Lake Superior, the Pigeon River, and beyond to interior lands. The land route was not their first choice,

Bear Head Lake State Park :: Tower, MN

This beautiful park is not far from the Boundary Waters, and its scenery is similar, with enormous stands of trees and pristine lakes. Fishing for walleye, bass, crappie, and trout is good here. Wildlife sightings are frequent, including eagles, wolv

Whitefish Lake Rustic Campground & Timber- Frear Area :: Schroeder, MN

Located within Superior National Forest, this campground is on Whitefish Lake and connected by portage to 4 other lakes, making this a great camping and canoeing choice outside the Boundary Waters. Fishers will likely catch bluegill, crappie, bass, w

Twin Lakes Campground :: Grand Marais, MN

Located within Pat Bayle State Forest, this tiny rustic campground is perfect for campers who really want the solitude and peace of a remote camping experience without having to commit to the larger Boundary Waters experience. The forest itself is pa

Trail’s End Campground :: Grand Marais, MN

This campground is truly away from it all, tucked into the far end of the Gunflint Trail. It’s along the Seagull River, which has access to Seagull, Gull, and Saganaka Lakes. There are 4 entry points into the Boundary Waters in the campground (permit

South Kawishiwi River Campground :: Ely, MN

This campground is on the South Kawishiwi River, great both for fishing for walleye, perch, and northern pike and for canoeing and kayaking. Paddlers can use the Kawishiwi to reach Birch Lake or to enter the Boundary Waters (permit required). The

Sawbill Lake Campground :: Tofte, MN

Sawbill Lake Campground is an entry point to the Boundary Waters, and part of the campground and Sawbill Lake itself are within the BWCAW and fall under the wilderness area restrictions. The part of the lake not in the BWCAW is open for unrestricted