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July 26, 2013

BWCA Family Routes

Filed under: Becoming a Boundary Waters Family — Tags: — Sue Prom @ 9:31 pm

Prom Family Paddling

As BWCA canoe outfitters and parents we’ve had the opportunity to take a number of family canoe trips into the Boundary Waters. We love paddling with our kids and think a Boundary Waters canoe camping trip is one of the best family vacations there is.

While there are a number of great BWCA trips to choose from for your family we’ve decided to list a few here for you to choose from.

Top 5 Family Trip Recommendations

1.      Saganaga or Red Rock Base Camp – We’ve done this BWCA trip even when our kids were in diapers. We’ve taken a tow boat ride to the Red Rock portage or to a campsite on Saganaga.  We’ve taken day trips, swam, picked blueberries, fished and had an awesome time.
2.      Duncan and Rose Lake – When the kids got a bit older we took them into Rose Lake. Stairway Portage is a beautiful portage that is next to a waterfall and is great fun to play in when hot outside.  It crosses the Border Route Hiking Trail that can be accessed for day hiking trips that entertain kids for hours.
3.      East Bearskin, Alder, Canoe, Pine – Give this route a try if your kids are able to carry a small day pack.  A nice day trip is to walk the portage to Pine and then to Johnson Falls.  You can camp at one site or multiple sites during this trip.
4.      Granite River – A great trip for a young family to do a 3-5 day canoe camipng trip.  While there are lots of portages you can break them up by camping at multiple sites.  It’s a great trip for avoiding wind because there isn’t big water on the route.

5.      Seagull, Knife Saganaga – If your children are a little bit older and have been on another trip then this is the perfect BWCA route.  It’s a great 5-6 day loop route that has lakes of all sizes, great fishing and scenic vistas.  It requires a bit of paddling and portaging and is a great route for families who want to cover some ground and water!

July 23, 2010

Boundary Waters Family Time

Filed under: Becoming a Boundary Waters Family — Tags: — Sue Prom @ 9:20 pm

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is one of the best places you will ever find to enjoy spending time with your family. We’ve taken plenty of family vacations to multiple destinations but I never have more fun than when we’re camping in the BWCA.
When you are canoe camping in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area you leave behind distractions of the real world. There are no buildings or roads, telephones or electricity and there are very few people in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. We have a family rule that no gadgets are allowed along with us when we’re in the Boundary Waters.
You won’t find game boys or ipods at our Boundary Waters Canoe Area campsite. You will find books, a deck of cards and a family enjoying each other’s company. Telling stories around the campfire, recapping the day’s adventure and reading a book outloud are things we love to do when relaxing at our campsite.
Quality family time can be spent while fishing, paddling a canoe and portaging the paths of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The solitude of the area allows everyone the opportunity to relax and unwind so they are able to really listen to what each other is saying. Communication is easy when it’s the only thing you have to worry about. Stress disappears in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and it’s difficult to not fully appreciate your loved ones.
Come experience the Boundary Waters Canoe Area with your family, there’s no better place to enjoy each other.