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The 8 Best BWCA Routes

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I would hope the Frost River route made the list!

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The link is to an article in the online edition of Paddling Magazine. It should be benign.
 
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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.
 
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... apodictic assertion ...

New word for me, Glenn. Thanks! And no, it wasn’t “assertion,“ but close.

Aristotle is turning in his grave.


Magazine editors know that readers like lists. The internet is also full of lists. Just look for product reviews and you'll get "The 12 best doohickeys of 2022". Take it with a grain of salt (or throw in the whole shaker.)
 
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It seems that the writer took very little more time to write the article than it took for me to read it. Nothing of any value there.

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Any good BWCA trip should include some big lakes, small lakes, a few rapids, some remote country and some time on the Ontario border.
I liked the trip from Moose Lake, Basswood Lake and up the Horse River to the Big Current.
 
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I was not successful in finding details - like a map - of the routes.
paddleplanner.com is still the best online source I have found for BWCA maps. It's not as good as it was before they decreased the free part and moved most of it to the pay side but you can still use it to follow routes like the article describes or trip reports on here.
 
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