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Paddling the Gull River

"I was looking for a remote river with runnable rapids where someone could learn to run whitewater. I wanted a wild river that could be run in less than two weeks, that was not overly expensive and was relatively close to home. In 2008 I had volunteered to help clear portage trails as a member of ...

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Lake Powell Trip Log

Lake Powell is marked with navigation buoys that delineate the distance from the Glen Canyon Dam in one mile increments. We started our trip at Halls Crossing which is 93 miles from the Glen Canyon Dam. A water taxi dropped us off at the entrance to Forbidding Canyon which is about mile 50. We ...

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Wabakimi Trek

Trip Log: "This was my first exposure to paddling north of Quetico Provincial Park and I was hooked. I have been fortunate to be able to come back to that area Northwest Ontario also known as the “Little North” and paddle the Albany River, Winisk Rivers, Pipestone River, Gammon River, Bloodvein ...

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First Overnight in the BWCA

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Rob Bullis, November 2016 My bride, of 33 years, finally agreed to try an over night trip in the BWCA this year as long I could meet the following conditions. 1. Get a comfortable sleeping pad. So I got her a Thermarest Mondo King, it will fit in a ...

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Thlewiaza River Summary

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Mel Baughman, May 2015 Nunavut, Canada July 8-24, 2004 By Mel Baughman, Hayward, Wisconsin For a complete journal with more details, contact the author—baughman@umn.edu. Crew: Mel Baughman, Guy Mueller, Tom Moore, and Ruth Moore   ...

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Snowdrift River Summary

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Mel Baughman, May 2015 Northwest Territories, Canada June 19 – July 15, 2014 By Mel Baughman, Hayward, Wisconsin For a complete journal with more details, contact the author—baughman@umn.edu. Crew: Mel Baughman, Brian Arquilla, Dan ...

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Bigstone and Fox Rivers Summary

Manitoba, Canada June 19 – July 5, 2008By Mel Baughman, Hayward, Wisconsin For a complete journal with more details, contact the author—baughman@umn.edu Crew: Mel Baughman, Dan Godwin, Duane Lee, Doug Smith   Route: It took a good share of two days to drive from St. Paul, MN to ...

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Lost in the Scenery of Lost Canoe Lake

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Scott Oeth, February 2016 Lost Canoe Lake in Wisconsin offers a scenic paddle and an incredible amount of wildlife. Sometimes, the best adventures are right next door. After talking with representatives from Wisconsin's Northern Highlands-American Legion ...

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Countdown to the BWCA ~ The Trip

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Lindsey Altermatt, July 2015 Our first trip into the BWCA was kind of like becoming a first time parent. You can do tons of research and get loads of advice but until you actually experience it – you have no idea what you’re doing! I was ...

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Clarke and Thelon Rivers Summary

Then we flew in a single-engine Otter approximately 400 miles north to a small lake at the headwaters of the Clarke River in what is now Nunavut where we unloaded on a sandy beach. From there we spent most of 9 days on the Clarke River and 17 days on the Thelon River ending near Hoare Point on ...

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Summer at 69° North Latitude

Brian and Jim on Wellington Bay. Photo by Brian Johnston. At 69° North Latitude in the Canadian Arctic, the summer of 2014 seemed to have taken a vacation. Elsewhere on the globe, this year shaped up to be the warmest in 134 years of recorded weather history.  On Victoria Island in Nunavut, the ...

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There and back again 2011 Quetico Trip

June 8 – June 17 Fishguts - Patrick Brewer,  Panthermartin – Thomas Brewer, Rookies - TenMileFrown - Dustin Hall & Dave Gutierrez Quetico Entry #44 Bottle River exit at #43 Black Robe Portage   Our trip started at 2AM on June 6th 2011, when we left Brookings, Oregon for our 6AM flight ...

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Road Trip to Quetico Grand Slam or Bust

We planned this Canoe Trip for a couple of years; we had been on a Quetico trip back in 2011. We wanted to try and catch a Grand Slam (all 5 species of fish) Lake Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass. And this time we wanted to drive from our homes on the West Coast ...

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Kazan, Ferguson & Wilson Rivers Summary

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Mel Baughman, May 2015   July 17 – August 19, 2012 Nunavut, Canada Route: This expedition began on Lynx Lake at the headwaters of the Thelon River and ended at the Hamlet of Whale Cove on Hudson Bay.  It covered about 605 miles over the course of 47 ...

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Pere Marquette River, Baldwin, MI

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Jeff Winston, February 17, 2008 The Pere Marquette, or "PM" as it's called locally, is known as perhaps the finest barrier-free stream in the United States. Beginning in south eastern Lake County, just west of Reed City, Michigan, it stretches over 180 scenic miles to its ...

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Allagash River, ME

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Kevin French, August 27, 2007 This trip started as a Family reunion trip but slowly downgraded to nine relatives having a great time and about 20 others missing out on a super 67 mile river trip. The last week in June of this year, my son, grandson and I made the 400+ ...

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Allagash Heavy

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Kevin French, August 26, 2008 This trip’s planning started on the second day of last year’s trip after the disaster at Long Lake Dam. Work started in April repairing the canoe I was going to use. I found it in the dump the year before. It looked like it got frozen in ...

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Day paddle on the northern coast of Maine

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Timothy Eaton, July 17, 2011 We arrived at Port Clyde Kayaks, located on the southern most tip of the St. George’s peninsula, at 8:45 am to rendezvous with our Maine guide- John Sibley. The kayak shop is located on the harbor in Port Clyde, once famous for the canned Port ...

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River Iowa Overnight Trip (RIOT)

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Rick Regenfuss, April 9, 2009 Our four intrepid voyageurs (Rick, Brian, Josh & Phil) ventured out Friday just before 6:00 pm on May 30 in two Old Towns, one fiberglass and the other Royalex. We planned to float the Iowa River from Iowa Falls to Eldora. We put in at ...

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John River Summary

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Mel Baughman, May 2015 Alaska, United States September 1 - 10, 1994 By Mel Baughman, Hayward, Wisconsin For a complete journal with more details, contact the author—baughman@umn.edu. Crew: Mel Baughman, Bill Peppler, Bruce Schoenberg, Colin Riley   ...

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Unexpected Paddle, Incidental Fish

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Muir Eaton, August 6, 2009 Statistics: Tuesday, 6 July 2009; 16 foot wood-canvas canoe, restored by TL Eaton; Two adults paddling, two dogs duffing; Launched at the mouth of Kadunce River, northeast of Grand Marais, MN; Wind was calm, temp in the upper 50’s, sunny; 27” ...

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Ensign Lake with the Granddaughters

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Lynn O'Kane, January 23, 2008 August 20th Trip started a little later than planned. Dang Siamese kitten took off and needed to find him before we took off for 3 days! John found him around 6:45 am and then we were ready to get into town and take off. Got to work to ...

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Men in the Bush: An Autumn Canoe Trip

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Ken Wood, April 1, 2009 My obsession for canoe tripping is always difficult to control. It is an addiction that becomes compulsive as I get older. This past fall what started as a hopeful draw on a BWCAW moose permit turned into a classic autumn tour. My companions ...

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BWCA – Crocodile Lake Basecamp

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe Entry Date: 05/23/2013 Entry & Exit Point: East Bearskin Lake (EP 64) Number of Days: 5 Group Size: 2 Trip Introduction: After the long winter we endured this year, we began checking webcams a couple weeks before our trip to make sure the ice was going to ...

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A Thin Blue Line on the Map

Trail Creek! This was the day. For years (off and on, but literally years) we had looked suspiciously at the thin blue line on the map linking Trail Lake with the Maligne River. Had people been there before? Undoubtedly. How many? Inquiries suggested very few. Would the creek be passable? Today, we ...

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Nanook River Summary

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Mel Baughman, May 2015 Victoria Island, Canada July 2 – 22, 2000 Crew: Mel Baughman, Dan Godwin, Jerry Kemperman, Phil Larson, Robert McCoy, and Roger Schaub III Route:   We flew via commercial airlines to Edmonton where our crew assembled from various points ...

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Quoich River Summary

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Mel Baughman, May 2015 Nunavut, Canada July 11 – August 12, 1989 Crew: Mel Baughman, Judy Geck, Gayle Knutson, Bob O’Hara, John Quaife, and Steve Schmidt     Route: Bob and Gayle traveled to Baker Lake, Nunavut a couple of days ahead of ...

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Kopka River

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Mel Baughman, May 2015   Ontario, Canada June 27 - July 6, 1997 By Mel Baughman, Hayward, Wisconsin For a complete journal with more details, contact the author—baughman@umn.edu. Crew: Mel Baughman, Judy Geck, John Quaife, Guy Mueller ...

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Steel River

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Mel Baughman, May 2015 Ontario, Canada September 18 - 25, 1999 By Mel Baughman, Hayward, Wisconsin For a complete journal with more details, contact the author—baughman@umn.edu. Crew: Mel Baughman, Mike Baughman, Phil Ashcraft, and Roger ...

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Gull River Summary

    TRIP LOG: Submitted by Mel Baughman, May 2015 Ontario, Canada June 26 - July 2, 1999 By Mel Baughman, Hayward, Wisconsin For a complete journal with more details, contact the author—baughman@umn.edu. Crew: Mel Baughman, Judy Geck, Ruth Moore, Tom Moore, Guy ...

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Misehkow & Albany Rivers Summary

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Mel Baughman, May 2015   Ontario, Canada July 10 – 20, 1991 By Mel Baughman, Hayward, Wisconsin For a complete journal with more details, contact the author—baughman@umn.edu. Crew: Mel Baughman and Guy Mueller Route:   On July 10 we ...

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Pigeon River

  TRIP LOG: Submitted by Mel Baughman, May 2015 Ontario, Canada July 27 – August 4, 2002 By Mel Baughman, Hayward, Wisconsin For a complete journal with more details, contact the author—baughman@umn.edu. Crew: Mel Baughman, Dan ...

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Quetico June 2009 Trip Report

This trip with my son-in-law Joe was our third year in a row to the Quetico, but first to the "southern" area. It was also the first time I've ever been windbound for 36 hours and missed a pickup (by 22 hours). The trip covered Bottle, Iron, Crooked, Gardner Bay(of Crooked), Elk, Cone, Brent, ...

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Boundary Waters Canoe Trip 2002

TRIP LOG: Submitted by Tony February 2016 Route Lake One Thru lakes 2,3,4, Insula, Kiana, Thomas, Fraser, Gerund, Ahmakose, Wisini, Strup, Kekekabic, Eddy, South Arm of Knife, Seed, Carp, Birch. Profiles Hailee 12 year old daughter. First trip up north. Using a Coleman backpack w/ plastic frame ...

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