BWCAW Camping Pictorial

We’ve been in the hotel business for several decades.  When we go on vacation, we want to get away from the hustle and bustle.  So where do we go?  To the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on the Minnesota/Canada border.  It is a beautiful chain of lakes, many of which are only accessible by paddling a canoe and walking some trails.  There are no motors, sparse accessibility to cell towers, and a whole lot of peace and quiet.  Take a peek at what our vacation is like.

We load our gear up into a seventeen foot canoe.  Here’s what it looks like on the beach.  We start out in a lake that is zoned for small motors.  But we do end our 14 mile journey in a paddle-only zone.

The scenery is amazing.  Trees shoot up out of rocks and the ripples in the water shine like diamonds in the sun.

Here’s where we live for the week.  It’s about 8’ X 8’, just big enough for a queen-size air mattress.  Hey, we’re roughing it but we’re not roughing it!  Just behind the big rock on the right is the path to the latrine.  You can see all the rocks sticking up from the ground; they make that latrine walk a little tricky at times!

This is the view we wake up to every morning.  Sure beats looking at a bunch of traffic zipping around on a freeway!  We leave our door/flap  open all night to enjoy the fresh air and the unbelievable light of the moon.  Sometimes it’s like daylight it’s so bright.  And, without a bunch of city lights around, the night sky is overflowing with stars.

We rarely see other people while we’re in the Boundary Waters.  I found this a bit ironic and had to capture it in a photo.  The island we stay on is technically campsite 68.  Most of the people who frequent Basswood Lake call it Gilligan’s Island.  Now look at the man in the back of this canoe heading into Canada…I couldn’t resist!

And this is of course what we’re doing here…fishing for the big walleye.

Mmm, tasty.  Thanks, G-Loomis.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Nice Post! I am originally from MN and appreciate some of the views from home. Not to sure about the motor on your boat tho! To really enjoy the area and feel the real slow motion of the BWCA try paddling 12 Miles per day and bouncing from camp to camp! Just giving you a hard time 🙂 I’ve read a few of your post and I like your style, hope all is well in the North Land and if you every get to the everglades let us know and we will show you some roughing it… no queen matress allowed! Take Care


    • We’ve done the move-camp-around thing. I think I prefer to stay put and spend more time fishing! =) Thanks for the compliments and I’ll let you know if we head south…although I’m loving that fall is finally here and doubt I will seek heat for quite a while!


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