Canoeing the Boundary Waters
The Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota are an excellent place to dip a paddle. This pristine wilderness is a destination for canoe paddlers from all over the country and beyond. May is a great time, with fewer people and some great fishing. Wait until June or July for warmer weather and wild berries.
We arrived at River Point Outfitting Co. on May 16 and spent the night in one of their chalets. The next day, after a warm breakfast, we headed out to our entry point. We exited the BWCA on May 21 and started our trip back to Michigan.
Brent Vredevoogd, co-founder of Paddling.net, along with his brother-in-law Kevin made the 12 hour drive from Michigan to the River Point Outfitting Co. base right on Birch Lake, a short paddle to the BWCA. Outfitting and services were provided by River Point Outfitting Co. and their friendly staff.
River Point Outfitting Co. provided a shuttle to our Boundary Waters Canoe Area entry point on the Island River (entry point #34). We followed the Island River to the Isabella River and spent our first night on Quadga Lake. The next day we continued to the end of the Isabella River at Bald Eagle Lake and on to Gabbro Lake where we would spend the next two nights. From Gabbro we basically followed the South Kawishiwi River back to the River Point Outfitting Co. base, stopping one last night along the way.
Canoes and services provided by River Point Outfitting Co. & Resort.