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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