Regional Guide

Paddling - Boundary Waters

Throw a little international flavor into the paddling routine. Follow the international boundary southwest from Saganaga through Knife Lake to Birch Lake. It's a paddler's delight with plenty of variety—big lakes, tiny ponds, narrow streams, and attractive scenery everywhere you look.

Stroke your way to international waters. Head to Chache Bay where a series of quiet, paddler-friendly routes take you from the edge of Gunflint to the Minnesota-Ontario border. Paddle across Voyageurs Park's placid Kabetogama Lake, where the light is soft and the wildlife is active. The park offers free ranger-led morning canoe excursions (even canoes are free) from the visitor center. The name says it all: Paddle the Scenic Lakes Loop and you'll see some of the Boundary's best landscapes. The route follows the international boundary from Sucker Lake northeast to Ottertrack Lake, then loops back toward the southwest to enter one of the loveliest parts in all of the Boundary Wilderness. Though it's one of Boundary's most popular bodies, inquisitive paddlers should head to Trout Lake (via neighbor, Vermilion Lake) to explore some of the area's quietest backwaters. Public campgrounds dot Lake Vermilion's south shore.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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