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					                                                         K Heavy socks – include a sock change for camp           K Instant cocoa K Brown sugar
                                                         K Rugged boots for portaging                             K Fruit drink mix K Fish batter
   Canoe Camping                                         K Lightweight footgear for camp                          K Extra food for unexpected lay-over day
                                                         K Underwear change                                       K Stuff bags for food packing
     Checklist                                           K Sunglasses K Neck cord                                 K Heavy rope or webbing for hanging food pack,
BASICS                                                   K Stuff sack for clothes                                   about 30' long
K Entry permit (see “BWCA and Quetico                                                                             K Throw bag - fill with rocks to toss bear rope over
  Information” on reverse)                               KITCHEN TOOLS                                              tree limb. *Bears can be a problem, even on
K Canoe with bow and stern lines                         K Matches K Waterproof match case                          islands – hoist food from a strong rope over a
K Paddles with one spare                                 K Cook kit in a stuff sack                                 tree limb 12' up and 6' out – do not keep food in
K Portage yoke K Life jackets                            K Fire grate (provided in BWCA, not Quetico)               a tent – even stray bits in a pack can attract
K Tent (check ropes, stakes, seal seams, repair holes)   K Griddle or fry pan K Spatula                             mice and squirrels.
K Ground sheet – smaller than tent floor                 K Small wire whisk K Pot gripper                         K Stuff sack for carry-out trash and foil
K Tarp with about 20' of rope at each corner &           K Packable oven (for biscuits, cakes, brownies, pizza)   K Extra zip lock bags
  side grommets                                          K Stove – always convenient, necessary during burn-
K Sleeping bag in stuff sack (stuff clothes into sack    ing bans                                                 MISCELLANEOUS GEAR
  for pillow)                                            K Windscreen for stove                                   K Toothbrush K Toothpaste
K Sleeping pad or air mattress                           K Fuel for stove (propane/butane cylinders are           K Bio-soap (use same soap for dishes)
K Canoe packs or dry bags                                   allowed in BWCA)                                      K Small towel
K Pack liners (heavy duty poly bags, not garbage         K Fuel bottle (if liquid fuel is used)                   K Toilet paper (white) in plastic bag
  bags)                                                  K Funnel (if liquid fuel is used)                        K Small trowel for cat-hole latrines (necessary in
K Daypack for quick access items                         K Folding saw                                            Quetico, not BWCA)
 (i.e. raingear, snacks, fishing tackle, repellent,      K Hatchet or axe (not essential unless cooking           K Insect repellent
 camera, etc.)                                              over a wood fire)                                     K Sun screen lotion
K Maps K Map case K Compass (in map case)                K Bowls and/or plates                                    K Flashlight or headlamp
K First aid kit with manual in waterproof bag            K Cups – include measuring cup                           K Spare batteries and bulb
K Knife K Sharpening stone                               K Personal utensils                                      K Candle lantern K Candles
K Water filter / purifier                                K Dishwashing supplies: biodegradable soap* and a        K Duct tape
K Water bottles                                             pot scrubber – bring extra bio-soap to coat the       K Sewing and repair kit: needle & thread, buttons,
K Car rack for canoe transport                              bottom of pans if used over a wood fire – soot        safety pins, nylon repair tape, wire
K Trip itinerary (leave with family member or friend)       washes off easily                                     K Spare rope
                                                         *Do not wash dishes or bathe in lakes and streams.       K Emergency fire starter
CLOTHING                                                  Bio-soap requires soil microbes to degrade quickly.     K Waterproof pouch for travel permit, I.D.,
K Long pants (wind tight, quick drying –                                                                             medical info., etc.
  avoid denim!)                                          FOOD                                                     K Personal hygiene & medical supplies
K Belt or suspenders                                     The BWCA and Quetico prohibit non-burnable               K Stuff sacks to organize gear - a variety of colors
K Long sleeved shirt                                     food and beverage containers. Hoigaard’s carries a       works best
K T-shirts                                               large selection of freeze-dried foods and poly con-
K Polypropylene underwear in spring & fall               tainers for food packing.
                                                         Consider these staple items:                                          TAKE A MINUTE…
K Shorts and/or swimsuit
K Pile / fleece jacket or heavy wool shirt               K Salt-pepper K Vegetable oil/margarine                  To think about your upcoming BWCA Wilderness
K GOOD RAIN GEAR!                                        K Spices K Honey                                         trip – The following suggestions and reminders will help
K Brimmed hat – for sun protection                       K Coffee/tea K Peanut butter                             make your trip more enjoyable and will also ensure that
K Bandanna                                               K Powdered milk K Jam                                    the area is preserved for future visitors.
OPTIONAL ITEMS                                                                  PLAN AHEAD                                         * Help by packing out litter from portages and landings as well as
                                                                                                                                     your site.
K Book (for rainy days)                                   * There are no signs in the Wilderness. Carry good, current maps
                                                                                                                                   *Leave your area cleaner than you found it.
                                                            and a compass and know how to use them.
K Natural history guides (plants, animals, rocks,         * Pack a first aid kit and be familiar with the basics of first aid.      BWCA AND QUETICO INFORMATION
  star guide)                                             * Leave a trip itinerary with someone. It should include: name of        B.W.C.A. Permit Reservations: (877) 550-6777 TDD: (877)
K Fishing equipment K Fillet knife K License                group leader; entry and exit points and dates; license number of       TDD-NRRS
                                                            vehicle parked at landing; color and number of canoes; and             B.W.C.A. Reservations on the Internet: www.bwcaw.org
K Camera gear K Waterproof camera bag                       number of people in group.                                             Quetico Park Permit Reservations: (888) 668-7275
K Thermometer                                             * Plan a route that meets your interests, wilderness skills, and         Quetico Park Information: (807) 597-2735
K Watch                                                     time available. Check Hoigaard’s book department for BWCA
                                                            trip-route books or ask for assistance with routes and maps in         Remote Area Border Crossing Permits: (807) 274-3815
K Playing cards, chess, cribbage                            our camping department.                                                There is a fee charged for BWCA reservations. Additionally, a user
K Binoculars                                                                                                                       fee is charged for overnight camping in the BWCA and in the
                                                                               PACK LIGHTLY                                        Quetico. Two Canadian Customs Stations closed in 1998 (Prairie
K Notebook and pencil                                     * Practice packing before you leave home. You may be surprised           Portage and Saganaga), requiring users entering Quetico in these
K Light gloves                                              at the size and weight of your pack.                                   areas to aquire a Remote Area Border Crossing Permit.
K Insect head net                                         * Lighten your pack by leaving your axe at home. You won’t need          The maximum group size in the BWCA and Quetico is nine.
                                                            an axe because you will find firewood which is easily broken or
K Thwart bag                                                cut with a small camp saw.
                                                                                                                                   The BWCA allows a maximum of four canoes per group.
K Lip balm                                                * Because cans and bottles are not allowed in the BWCA, all food
                                                                                                                                     Superior National Forest Information
K Canoe anchor (a mesh bag with rocks works well)           and beverages must be transferred to burnable or reusable con-
                                                                                                                                   General Information, Duluth Headquarters: (218) 626-4300
                                                            tainers.
K Solar shower                                            * A small one-burner stove will come in handy when a rainstorm           Superior National Forest District Offices:
K Signal whistle/flares                                     leaves you with wet firewood. It also heats more quickly, cleanly               Cooke (Crane Lake): (218) 666-0020
K Lightweight hammock                                       and conveniently than a campfire.                                               Voyageur Visitor Center (Ely): (218) 356-7600
                                                          * Keep your clothes, gear and food dry by lining all packs with                   Isabella: (218) 323-7722
K Clothes pins                                              large plastic bags.                                                             Tofte: (218) 663-7980
K Lightweight packable chair                                                                                                                Grand Marais: (218) 387-1750
                                                                            TRAVEL QUIETLY
K In car: clean-up supplies – deodorant, shampoo, razor   * If you are part of a large group, split up and travel separately to
  and clean clothes for trip home                           reduce the noise and visual effect you have on other visitors.                        Outfitter Information
                                                            This will also reduce the congestion at landings and portages.         Gunflint Trail Association: (800) 338-6932
                                                            Remember – group size is limited in any                                Ely Chamber of Commerce: (800) 777-7281
                                                              area of the BWCA.
                                                          * Sound travels a great distance across water. Loud shouting,
                                                            barking dogs, dragging canoes across rocks, and radios can be
                                                            disturbing to other visitors.
                                                          * Make camp early enough in the day to ensure finding a devel-
                                                            oped campsite. Sites off main travel routes and in back bays
                                                            usually provide the best opportunities for quiet and solitude.
                                                                           CAMP CAREFULLY
                                                          *Camp only at developed campsites identified by their steel fire
                                                           grates and latrines.
                                                          * To discourage foraging bears, keep a clean campsite and hang
                                                            your food pack. Never keep food in the tent.
                                                          *Bury fish entrails away from the campsite, at least 150 feet from
                                                           lakes and streams.
                                                                       USE FIRE CAUTIOUSLY
                                                          * Keep campfires small. Fires must be contained within the steel
                                                            fire grate.
                                                          * Burn only dead, downed wood — there is plenty in the woods
                                                            around the campsite.
                                                          * Put your fires DEAD out whenever you leave the site. Stir and
                                                            soak the ashes thoroughly… then feel them with your bare
                                                            hand to make sure they are cold.
                                                                           LEAVE NO TRACE
                                                          * Carving, chopping and peeling bark from trees is not only
                                                            unsightly and illegal, but may kill the tree. You can find plenty
                                                            of dead wood away from campsites and off portage trails.
                                                          * Sift through the fire ashes for twistees, foil pieces and other bits
                                                            which do not burn and pack them out with you.
                                                          * Pack out all non-burnable litter, including cigarette filters.

				
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