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There is magic in the feel of a paddle and the movement of a canoe, a magic compounded of distance,
adventure, solitude and peace. The way of a canoe is the way of the wilderness and of a freedom almost
forgotten, the open door to waterways of ages past and a way of life with profound and abiding satisfaction.
– Sigurd Olson
Most Remote and Least Traveled of the
BWCA with Challenging Portages
Guided and fully outfitted canoe trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) near Ely, Minnesota.
Fully Outfitted Guided Boundary Waters Canoe Trips for Friends and Families
Fully Outfitted Guided Boundary Waters Canoe Trips for Friends and Families
This option gets you away from the main travel routes.  Expect a more
physically challenging experience with more frequent, and more difficult,
portages. The prize is that you will leave most others behind and be
rewarded with some of the least traveled areas of the Boundary Waters.

This option makes a good 5 or 6+ day trip.  You'll see rivers, smaller lakes,
and the option of big water travel.  If you're looking for solitude, there are
several lakes with only one or two campsites along this route.  That means
you may get a lake, and all its quiet, scenery, and fish, to yourself.  

If fishing's your goal, you'll be getting into smallmouth bass, walleye, and
pike that'll lunge after all your tackle box has to offer.  You may be putting
your Rapala in front of a fish that's never seen one before, and can't resist
its wobble.  

Day one starts with a 40 rod portage, about five miles of paddling, and two
more portages totaling about 100 rods.  This puts you in a good location to
camp and explore a cascading stream that flows between two lakes.  Day
one is definitely the easiest travel day.

Day two is about ten miles, and encompasses four portages totaling about
440 rods (about 1 1/3 miles). This gets you to a good lake where you may
want to base camp for a couple of nights, while you relax or fish.  

On the next travel day, you'll pick up camp and keep paddling.  Another ten
miles of travel includes a whopping nine portages totalling about 580 rods
(almost 2 miles).  

At this point you'll decide whether to take a longer route that includes more
paddling, fewer portages and lots of big water.  This longer route adds a few
more miles to today's travels.  

If you carry on with smaller lakes and more portages, you'll travel about 10
miles and cross five portages totaling about 490 rods.  That puts you on a
medium size lake for your last night.  

The final day of the trip will be another solid day of paddling with about 8
miles to go, including five portages totalling 370 rods, and several beaver
dams to cross over.

Whew, congratulations, you've accomplished something!
NOTE:  This is merely a sample itinerary for a more challenging canoe trip.  
We customize all our trips and serve dozens of BWCA entry points & routes.