I also live in Ohio, in the SW part. Sucks for anyone who likes nature and doesn't own a big farm. I've done the U.P. of Michigan on years when the BWCA is not doable. There are some nice places, small, but you can move around and do lots of daytripping down both rivers and lakes. The Manistique River is wonderful. The Escanaba can be pretty wild, and Big Island Lake wilderness is good for a two or three day overnighter. In the west, there's Sylvania - great fishing and very nice. The point is that if you can't go very far, there's alternatives. The U.P. will not be a "wilderness" experience, per se, but neither is BWCA. Good luck and have a good time wherever you go. And, TAKE IT EASY.
Touring Kayak Paddles
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