Planning a trip to Ely to get up close with nature? Awesome. However, those new to canoe country adventures might not be entirely sure how to go about doing that.
So, we decided to compile a short list of essential tips for beginners to help increase their enjoyment and make their canoe trip more comfortable.
Let’s dive right into it:
Get a Kevlar canoe.
Buy or rent a Kevlar canoe. They are like half the weight of old style aluminum and almost half the weight of plastic composites and can drastically change your attitude towards portaging. Their lighter weight not only improve performance on the water but becomes essential when navigating the routes of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Obviously, people don’t normally carry 40 to 50 pounds on their shoulders but it’s so much better than hauling 80 to 90 pounds around. Since the 2000 lakes within the Boundary Waters are connected by portages you must carry not only your transportation (canoe) but everything you need for your trip in portage packs over these portages (many of them are one quarter to a mile or more in length.) We sell new Kevlar canoes and we have an extensive rental fleet each summer if your budget isn’t ready for a new one yet.
Photo above by Eric Glasson
Bring dehydrated/freeze-dried food items.
If you really want to save up space and volume in your pack and in the canoe focus on packing dehydrated/freeze-dried food items that occupy the least space and don’t weigh much.