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Minnesota Ham Lake to Long Island Lake


CANOE RENTAL


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MAPS • Voyageur Maps #6, #9 and #3


• W.A. Fisher Co. F12 • Mackenzie #4 and #7


BWCA RESERVATIONS bwca.cc


ROUTE PLANNING Exploring the Boundary Waters, by Daniel Pauly


GENERAL BWCA WISDOM Boundary Waters Canoe Camping, by Cliff Jacobson


Yes, you can find weekend solitude in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Just portage into a dead-end lake or pond-hop between beaver streams. The Ham Lake to Long Island Lake loop consists mostly of large, clear ponds and beaver streams. Navigation is easy—just don’t leave your map at home. Short, easy portages link lakes filled with reasonably secluded campsites.


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Access is from the Gunflint Trail, north of Grand Marais. There is a Forest Service parking area at the Cross River landing (BWCA entry point #50). Two short portages bring you to Ham Lake and your first campsites. Portage 140 yards to Cross-Bay Lake. Camp here or continue west to Snipe Lake or south to Long Island Lake. The few portages that connect these lakes are less than 275 yards.


Tips Adventurous paddlers will want to explore the beaver stream that runs from Long Island Lake to Fool Lake in May or June when the water is high. Wading, dragging and lining are part of canoeing beaver streams. Wear sturdy wet shoes and keep a 15-foot line attached to each end of your canoe.


—Cliff Jacobson


New Brunswick/Maine The St. Croix River


If someone designed a river that could be enjoyed by paddlers of all skill levels, was close to cities and towns, had just enough whitewater to keep it interesting and promised good fishing and good water levels through August, the finished product would look a lot like the St. Croix River dividing New Brunswick from Maine.


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The put-in is on New Brunswick’s Route 4, just below the dam at the outlet of Spednic Lake, a one-hour drive from Fredericton. The only real whitewater is a class II to III set at Little Falls, about 10 kilometres from the put-in. There are trails around the falls on both banks, but most people only use them to carry back up to run the set again (and again). There is no fee for the well-maintained campsites all along the route. The take out is at Loon Bay where there is a public parking lot off Route 3.


Did You Know… In 1604, Sieur de Monts and Samuel de Champlain established the first European settlement north of Florida at the mouth of the river. That’s just one of the reasons the St. Croix has been designated a Canadian Heritage River. —Doug Scott


CANOE RENTALS and SHUTTLES


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TOPOGRAPHIC MAPS 21G, #6 and #11


WATER LEVELS


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THE ST. CROIX AS A CANADIAN HERITAGE RIVER


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Boundary Waters bounty. PHOTO: STEPHEN BREDE


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