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Backpacker Magazine – September 2010

Great Easy-to-Difficult Boundary Waters Paddling Trips

Want to test the waters before attempting a Primitive Management Area? Get some experience on these traditional Boundary Waters trips first.

by: Gustave Axelson


EASY: Isabella Lake
1 day, 2 to 5 miles
Just a single 70-rod portage (one rod equals 16 feet, or about the length of a canoe) gets you from the trailhead into this perfectly round lake ringed by evergreens. Island campsites make ideal lunch spots, and frequent wind keeps the bugs at bay. Sandy beaches all around the lake make for good swimming, too. Troll lures along the rocky shoals of the islands at the far north end for pike during the day and walleyes when the sun gets low. Extend your trip with a three-mile paddle up the Perent River, which is a moose haunt with old-growth timber. Isabella Lake is also an easy first trip for families with young children--you can be swimming with your kids within an hour of launching. Info Kawishiwi Ranger District: (218) 365-7600; fs.fed.us/r9/forests/superior Outfitter Piragis Northwoods Outfitters: (800) 223-6565; piragis.com


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