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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

May 16 - May 24

Trip Navigation

Volunteers will tackle clearing blowdowns and brush along a remote section of the Kekekabic Trail within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota’s Superior National Forest. This trail is a vital link in the North Country National Scenic Trail which spans 4,600 miles from ND to NY. The work will entail using hand saws and loppers to clear the 4′ x 8′ corridor. We will split into two separate crews before going in based upon crew members’ preferences. One crew will canoe into the Kek’s eastern third (half to three quarters of a day’s paddle in), basecamp, and commute via canoe to the work area each day. The other crew will canoe into the heart of the BWCAW (a full day’s paddle in), basecamp, and commute via canoe to the work area each day.

This trip is hosted and crew led by the North Country Trail Association.

Host

North Country Trail Association

Accommodations

Primitive Tent Sites

Hiking/Access

Paddling 10 miles to basecamp (Day Hiking up to 8 miles per day)

Project Rating

Difficult

Minimum Volunteer Age

16

Maximum Group Size

7

Area and Attractions

The million acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is the pre-eminent wilderness paddling area in the United States. It also features great hiking & backpacking opportunities. The landscape features almost equal amounts of water (lakes, rivers, and wetlands) and boreal forest covered land. This trip will offer an opportunity for people to experience the magic of a BWCAW paddle trip while also giving back to one of the hiking trails that traverse it. Before and after the trip we will stay at an area resort on the Gunflint Trail, one of the premier recreational areas in Minnesota.

Accommodations Description

The BWCAW campsites feature a wilderness toilet, fire ring, and tent pads. We will have a group kitchen area complete with full kitchen. Showers available at end of trip. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag and pad, cup/bowl/eating utensils, and personal items.

Travel

Airport Pickup provided from Duluth MN (DLH)

Location

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
2020 W. Highway 61, Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604 United States

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