In the late sixties and early seventies during my college years, I worked summer jobs in the Minnesota iron mines to be close to the BWCA. Back in those days local folks could get a yearly permit, so they could enter the Boundary Waters any time they wanted. There were also motor routes throughout the interior of the area too. I traveled all these routes back then in my father’s Grumman canoe. Back in those days aluminum canoes were the normally seen boats with the very seldom spotted wood canvas canoes used by the Charlie Sommers Boy Scout Camp or the Camp Widjiwagan. My iron mine jobs were shift work, our week ends were in the middle of the week, once a month we would get what was called a long weekend, get off Thursday morning at 8:00 AM be free until 4:00 PM Tuesday afternoon. With the help of 2hp Johnson outboard on a side mount, I could travel the main canoe routes rapidly to get to the paddle only areas that held the best fishing waters. We also made some big loops up into the adjacent Quetico Provincial Park the country up there was really special with no other people on any of the lakes.
During the college year, we also ditched classes on Friday & Monday to create four day weekends for ice out Lake trout fishing expeditions and fall duck or grouse hunting trips to the B-dub.
It was a great training ground for the truly wild country of Alaska that I moved to after my college years.