BWCAW Update From The Tofte Ranger District

Picture of the Superior National Forest sign at the Tofte Ranger StationNichole Borson from the Tofte Ranger District sent us the following BWCAW update. She also included some great reminders for traveling in the Boundary Waters.

  • There have been bear reports on the east end of Clearwater Lake and parts of Mountain Lake. It could be the same bear or multiple bears. Remember to properly hang food overnight and when not at camp.
  • Part of the easternmost boardwalk on the Missing Link/Tuscarora portage is being replaced and extended.
  • Part of the boardwalk on the Snipe/Copper portage that blew out last summer and again this spring is being replaced.
  • Portages are muddy due to frequent, heavy rains. Expect to get wet, muddy feet. Keep to the middle of portage trails as much as possible and embrace the mud so that we can keep damage to trails as minimal as possible.
  • When disposing of fish remains, do not walk behind your campsite to bury them. First, paddle across the lake or down the shore, well away from any campsites or portages. Then walk the fish remains inland, away from the water and under the tree canopy.
  • Consider bringing less “stuff” on your trip. Packing light allows you to travel efficiently and further into the Wilderness. You are also less likely to forget any gear or trash if you are traveling as light and organized as possible. Packing light makes portaging easier and faster, which can help reduce congestion on busy portages.
  • Remember that noise travels very easily across water.  Use “inside” voices when canoeing across lakes and be mindful that others are trying to enjoy the solitude the that Wilderness has to offer.

We’ll keep you updated whenever we hear more from Nichole.

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