Boundary Waters Canoe Area Winter Camping
12/8/2018 – 12/10/2018
Moose Lake-Wind Lake-Witness Lake
The journey begins with the preparation. Phone calls and emails to convey expectations and aspirations with the guide (Dave) prior to departure elevate excitement and fuel dreams. The day finally comes and we depart from the Moose Lake entry point with pulk (our pack sleds) and toboggans in tow. Find more information about booking a Guide for a trip like this or renting Winter Camping Gear Here.
Forty-five minutes into the trek and this interesting opportunity presents itself. “Hey Dave, are we supposed to go over this? Hmmm, maybe we should have been a little clearer of our intentions for physical demands!” the clients contemplate as the guide heads up the portage. No time like the present! An arduous journey, challenging portage, and miles of snow blown lakes give way to our base camp location nestled between two summer campsite locations providing primitive latrine opportunities. The tent site is uniquely located in a prime Northern Pike location offering us an excellent opportunity for fishing. The first fish hits the ice within 1 hour of setting up camp. Fishing is good and the sunset does not disappoint either.
Day two takes us to a remote lake hidden from most travelers by two discrete portages. It provides perch and walleye opportunities. The perch are finicky and the walleye aren’t up for playing while we are there. This little gem will remain cloaked within its protective ridges until we can visit again.
We travel hard this day and return to camp in time to enjoy yet another amazing sunset. Such an amazing place to experience nature at its finest. Evidence of an otter belly sliding across the snow gives life perspective here in this winter wonderland. And once again the sunset does not disappoint.
The final day brings good fishing and a personal best for our friend Lewis. We may make a Pike addict out of him yet. Many more trophies to catch/ photo/ release up here in the BWCA.
The sleds are loaded tight and we are moving out. Planning to meet the guide at the portage for the final stretch home.
At the top of the portage we get a glimpse of the frozen wilderness. Just one last pause to take it all in. Peaceful…
Many of the experiences cannot be put into words. They are real, visceral, and raw. They make us better for having them. Some painful, some pleasurable, all valuable. The time spent with close friends making memories in the wilderness devoid of the distractions life can provide. Our beloved Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the gateway to our refreshed souls, Summer or Winter!
Find more information about booking a Guide for a trip like this or renting Winter Camping Gear Here.