Canoeing in the quiet beauty of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters

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Canoeing in the quiet beauty of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters

A visitor to Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness prepares to put a 16.5-foot canoe back in the water after carrying it overhead across a portage to Parent Lake. Hundreds of years ago, American Indians and fur traders carved these trails through the forests connecting the more than 1,000 lakes in the area.
Canoes pulled out of the water for the night at a campsite on Parent Lake in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Limited numbers of permits are granted to camp in the wilderness, and once a group of nine people and four canoes maximum reaches a campsite, it’s theirs alone.
Lily pads on the glossy surface of Lake One in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. With its off-the-grid remoteness, almost non-existent cellphone and Wi-Fi signals and more than 1,200 miles of canoe trails, the area allows visitors to really disconnect.
If you go

GETTING THERE: Minneapolis-St. Paul international airport is about 250 miles from most entry points to the Boundary Waters. Duluth International Airport is about 100 miles.

BOUNDARY WATERS CANOE AREA WILDERNESS: https://bit.ly/2NntBkc.

PERMITS: Adults, $16. Pick up before or day of entry. https://bit.ly/2iXHvNB.

SAWBILL CANOE OUTFITTERS: https://sawbill.com. Two-person canoe rentals run $30-$42 a day. Sawbill also rents camping equipment, sells supplies and can provide ground transport from Duluth airport.

Canoeing in the quiet beauty of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters

A visitor to Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness prepares to put a 16.5-foot canoe back in the water after carrying it overhead across a portage to Parent Lake. Hundreds of years ago, American Indians and fur traders carved these trails through the forests connecting the more than 1,000 lakes in the area.
Canoes pulled out of the water for the night at a campsite on Parent Lake in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Limited numbers of permits are granted to camp in the wilderness, and once a group of nine people and four canoes maximum reaches a campsite, it’s theirs alone.
Lily pads on the glossy surface of Lake One in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. With its off-the-grid remoteness, almost non-existent cellphone and Wi-Fi signals and more than 1,200 miles of canoe trails, the area allows visitors to really disconnect.

Canoeing in the quiet beauty of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters

Canoeists paddle in the misty solitude of the pine forest-fringed lakes in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Physical exertion and quiet beauty mark the wilderness experience along its 1,200 miles of canoe trails.

Canoeing in the quiet beauty of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters

Two canoes along a lily pad-lined bog in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The area protects more than 1,200 miles of canoe trails over lakes and rivers fringed by pine forests.

Canoeing in the quiet beauty of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters

Two canoeists paddle in the late afternoon on Disappointment Lake, one of more than 1,000 lakes in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The glacier-carved lakes have black, glossy surfaces and plenty of walleyes, pikes and loons.

Canoeing in the quiet beauty of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters

Dusk falls on Lake One in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The area’s off-the-grid remoteness makes all but the most basic concerns evaporate, leaving nothing to do but soak in the natural beauty.
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