Winter Camping Trip Report - Boundary Waters Canoe Area

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota is an idyllic place to canoe, hike, camp and fish in the Spring, Summer and Fall. For hardy souls it can be just as idyllic in the Winter.

With stunning visuals on the miles of frozen lakes and trails it truly is a one-of-a-kind experience. My traveling partner and I were on a gear testing mission with gear from Granite Gear, REI, Sierra Designs, Outdoor Research and others. A separate article is coming on how the gear performed but until then please enjoy the BWCA in pictures.

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We put in on Bearskin Lake, camped on Duncan Lake and hiked both of those in addition to Rose and Daniels and the portages in between.

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Danny Garcia-Velez, my traveling companion.

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The author on trail.


The Canadian shoreline.

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Our entry point into the BWCA.

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Fresh animal tracks on Rose Lake.

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Another stunning shoreline.

— Pat Petschel

Posted by Robin - 02/17/2010 07:07 AM

Wow – Fantastic! What a great adventure. I give you credit, have to admit, Minnesota in winter is a bit to cold for me to camp in!


Posted by Dylan Wiek - 02/17/2010 09:10 AM

I plan to get up to the BWCA during the winter at some point. My wife wants nothing to do with winter camping though. Something about the cold…

Posted by pat - 02/17/2010 10:07 AM

It was indeed cold!

Posted by john aspey - 03/23/2010 09:42 AM

Looks like you had a really good time!, i wish we got weather like that here in the UK, snow generally lasts a day or 2 and id love the thought of camping in it, is that wrong? :)

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