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. As in the Boundary Waters, take precautions against bears in camp. And watch out for the roads - especially Forest Roads 170, 347, 348, and 1225 - which are rocky, muddy, and rutted. A truck or SUV will help you get through.
Like lakes in the Boundary Waters, these waterways are a mix of rocky, wooded, and marshy shores. You stand a good chance of spotting a bald eagle, surprising a moose, or even hearing the howl of a wolf. Fishing is good for walleye and northern pike, especially in the larger lakes along the route. Access: The Whitefish Lake put-in is located 14 miles north and west of Tofte.
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