3 KNOTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  There are many knots out there, for many different purposes. Utility knots, fisherman knots, decorative knots to name a few.  Our favorite knot book is the Morrow Guide to Knots. The three types of knots you need to know fall into three categories, Securing (tying down), Hitches (pulley type…

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Always Be Prepared – Voyageur’s National Park

Voyageurs National Park is the only National Park located in Minnesota and is unique because it is a water-based park. Leave your car at a Visitor’s Center and explore by boat, houseboat, canoe, or kayak. For this trip we chose kayaks. We left on a beautiful, calm, summer day.  Make…

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Paddling with Kids! Fun, Easy Tips!

We have concluded our river-a-week series for the year. There are an infinite number of rivers,  too many to discuss, so we may have to venture back to rivers next spring.  For now, it’s time to move on! This is a favorite subject for me! Paddling with my family is…

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River #5 – Namekagon River, WI

After writing and paddling a “river a week” for a bit now, one river keeps coming back to mind, The Namekagon River in Wisconsin. This river has it all, especially for an overnight/several day trip. Few rivers have such accessible campsites that are even equipped with picnic tables! We started…

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River #4 – Little Indian Sioux River, MN

The Little Indian Sioux River is mainly located in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.  The most popular route on the river is traveling North off the Echo Trail.  For this trip we headed South, upstream (entry point #9). This was also a special trip because it was our first ever…

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River #3 – The Little Fork, Northern MN

The great thing about paddling rivers is not just seeking out the grand majestic Mississippi or St. Croix Rivers, but to explore smaller rivers near your home or off the beaten path. That’s what we did this week. The Little Fork River is a smaller river that is located from…

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River #2 – A Trip Down the St. Croix

  This weekend 7 of us (3 canoe teams) are heading down the St. Croix in WI & MN. We had planned to start at the beginning of the river at the Gordon Dam, but low waters deemed this section “challenging”. At the last minute we opted for a lower…

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River #1 – The Bois Brule River, WI

The Brule is #1 in my book for a reason: the Bois Brule River in Northern Wisconsin has everything. Quiet-water, riffles, beautiful wild scenery, rapids, whitewater, and world class fishing. Here is a map of the major sections. There are three major “sections” of the Bois Brule River. The first section…

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WE HAVE A WINNER!

Congratulations to Doug O. who guessed the closest with 40,000ci and wins the Road Less Traveled T-shirt! The pack dimensions are 56.5W x 11D x 52H a total of 39,776ci! Thanks to all who guessed! We had fun! (portaging this pack is not advisable)  

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River Canoeing

When one thinks of canoeing, a calm peaceful lake at sunset with loons calling in the background, often comes to mind. While lakes are beautiful things, don’t forget the peacefulness and often WILD excitement of a river.   Rivers are great because most have a flow that make paddling (or…

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