Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Day Trips

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Rose Falls Day Trip

One of the most visually stunning lakes in the entire Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Rose Lake is a breathtaking Boundary Waters lake between the Gunflint Trail and the Canadian Border. A short day trip into the Boundary Waters, this is a great trip for those new to canoeing as well as the more experienced.One of the most visually stunning lakes in the entire Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Rose Lake is a breathtaking Boundary Waters lake between the Gunflint Trail and the Canadian Border. A short day trip into the Boundary Waters, this is a great trip for those new to canoeing as well as the more experienced.

Leave your canoe at the entrance on Duncan and walk the portage, keep an eye on the right side of the path and you will come across the “Stairway Portage”  a rare Boundary Waters portage with wooden stairs. The end of the portage offers paddlers the stunning view of Rose Falls. Along the portage are multiple hiking trails where visitors can hike up the glacial ridges south of Rose and look out across the lake into Canada. A short hike up those ridges offers some of the most expansive views of the Boundary Waters along the Gunflint Trail. Rose Lake is a classic stop for newcomers and seasoned BWCA travelers alike and is definitely worth the trip. A light snack is provided.

Offered Fridays & Saturdays till Labor Day

$109 per person | $99 per person for Gunflint overnight guests

Cross Bay Day Trip

This Boundary Waters canoe route is a moderately difficult loop that will take about 5 hours to traverse with an experienced guide. Expect to see beautiful scenery and few people as you travel through this isolated area. Start at the Cross Bay Lake Landing and travel through the interior of the Boundary Waters. The chance to see nature in its most pure state, the call of the loon, soaring bald eagles, clear water lakes, huge fish, and maybe a moose are all possibilities through this pristine section.  Two light snacks are provided.

Offered Thursdays & Sundays till Labor Day

$119 per person | $109 per person for Gunflint overnight guests

Entering Ham Lake

Granite River Day Trip

This is part of the famed Voyageurs Route that early explorers ran to trade and trap furs from the interior of the continent and ship out through the Great Lakes to be sold to the fashionable elite on the East Coast and Europe. This route starts from Gunflint Lake and through the Magnetic Narrows. In Magnetic Lake you’ll paddle past the fairytale chalet on Gallagher’s Island and portage along Granite Falls, then runs down the Granite River. If you are a comfortable river canoer, this route will make you feel right at home. There are a few portages, but they generally aren’t tough and the scenery is spectacular. You’ll see evidence of the Ham Lake Fire of 2007, which increases your chance of spotting moose in the new young growth and produces fabulous blueberries in July and August. A packed lunch is provided.

Offered every Wednesday till Labor Day

$159 per person | $139 per person for Gunflint overnight guests

Little Rock Falls

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