The BWCAW online
August 25, 2005 1:40 PM Subscribe
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are a special set-aside in the Superior National Forest
in the north woods of Minnesota. Containing over 1,000 lakes and streams, 2,200 designated campsites, and 1,500 miles of canoe routes, this treasure provides a great place to escape from the world of civilization. It also, apparently, provides a great reason for cool websites.
The Swanson party
website is one of the most impressive feats of private naturalism I've seen. It has everything from the 68 types of ferns and fern allies
you can find in the BWCAW to lake commentaries
for 356 of the biggest (and smallest) lakes that travelers encounter.
There's also the DC3
website, which has diaries and pictures from a group of BW adventurers from 1977 to 2003. A truly impressive effort, if apparently not ...quite... finished. And while the diaries tell a story arc about a group of friends, the distance between the stories always leaves tantalizing details for the reader to imagine. Such as this tidbit at the end of the 1986
trip, which has as its central detail the fact that one of the party's wives received major burns and had to leave early:
They traveled almost ten miles and portaged four times, (a total of 465 rods), before they reached Snowbank Lake. The wind was very strong. They had to cross the lake the long way and directly into the wind. At one point they didn't move for twenty minutes even though they paddled as hard as they could. They finally reached the landing and headed for the A&W in Ely. From there, Tur called home to check on Beeps. There was no answer. But that's another story.
Naturally, there are also messageboards
set up to discuss trips to the BWCAW, advocacy organizations
to make sure it stays wild, and you can even make entry point reservations
online nowadays. The Bee Dub previously referenced here on MeFi
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