Steve Jermanok’s Active Travels: Boundary Waters, Ely, Minnesota
Guide in the Boundary Waters, Minnesota.
Maybe it’s the 1,000,000-plus acres of seemingly
endless wilderness—a whopping 1200 miles of canoeable waters through
countless lakes, rivers, and ponds—that gets paddlers all dreamy-eyed
over Minnesota’s northern frontier, the Boundary Waters. You can go
days without seeing another person, replaced instead by moose,
whitetail deer, black bears, beavers, otters, and those laughing loons.
has been taking people away from civilization since 1912. Fish for
smallmouth bass as you canoe from Mudro to Crooked Lake in early June,
or wait for fall foliage in late September and you can paddle when
moose are in heat. They also offer canoes and maps for self-guided