Reading List: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

An expert's reading list for Minnesota's premier hiking-and-paddling destination.
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An expert's reading list for Minnesota's premier hiking-and-paddling destination.

Daniel Pauly, 47, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, wrote a guidebook for the area after he spent the past two decades exploring the 1,500 miles of canoe routes and portages. “I’ve covered pretty much all it,” he says. In addition to his own book, here’s the rest of his must-read list. Then click here to get his inside advice on where to go


1. Boundary Waters Canoe Camping (Third Edition)
By Cliff Jacobson (Globe Pequot Press)
"Excellent book on the bread and butter of canoe camping. Everything from what to pack and how to pack it, to preferred footwear and canoe portaging tips."

Boundary Waters Canoe Camping (Third Edition)


2. Boundary Waters Wilderness Ecosystem
by Miron Heinselman (University Of Minnesota Press)
"An excellent book from a well-regarded Forest Service scientist whose career was spent understanding the intricacies of the Boundary Waters wilderness, especially the role of fire in maintaining the ecosystem."

Boundary Waters Wilderness Ecosystem


3. The Singing Wilderness
by Sigurd Olson (University of Minnesota Press)
"Beautiful short stories about the BWCAW, with excellent ink drawings by well known mid-20th century wildlife artist Francis Lee Jaques. These stories, and others by Sigurd Olson, became some of the rallying literature that drove widespread national interest in the Boundary Waters and helped catalyze the legislation to protect it. Great reading before a trip or in a sleeping bag at night."

The Singing Wilderness


4. Exploring the Boundary Waters: A Trip Planner and Guide to the BWCAW
by Daniel Pauly (University of Minnesota Press)
"The most comprehensive guide book to the BWCAW, with all entry points in one guide, plus planning maps for each route and detailed portage difficulty information."

Exploring the Boundary Waters: A Trip Planner and Guide to the BWCAW