Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How long are the portages?

A. Portaging is the way you get from one lake to another. Portages are measured in rods. One rod is approximately one canoe length. There are approximately 320 rods to a Mile. There are many portages under 100 rods and some are over 1 mile with the longest, The Grand Portage, being 7 ½ miles.

Q. How hard are the portages?

A. Most portages are not difficult. We help you plan your route to include portaging that meets your group’s abilities. With proper packs and good shoes and with our lightweight equipment, portaging is not difficult and can be fun!

Q. Will I see wildlife?

A. Wildlife is everywhere when you are in the wilderness. There are two things that will scare wildlife away. One is human scent and the other is noise. If you keep the noise down and keep the wind in your face you might see beaver, bear, wolves and moose. Loons, eagle and otter are plentiful and will be seen on most any canoe trip.

Q. When are the bugs the worst?

A. Bugs are a part of the wilderness. Early spring and summer can be the worst although they’ll be there until freezing temperatures in the fall. With the repellents available now and with a head net to be worn around camp and on the portages, the bugs are tolerable.

Q. Will I get lost?

A. To navigate the Boundary Waters all you need is a good map and compass. We’ll provide you with a very detailed map of the area you’ll be paddling and a brief orientation on how to use it. The secret is to locate landmarks. Anyone can do it!

Q. Will I catch fish?

A. There are a lot of fish in the lakes of the BWCA. How many fish you catch depends on what kind of fisherman you are and how hard you work at it. Walleye, Northern Pike, and Small Mouth Bass are in most all of the lakes.

Q. What kind of bait/tackle should I bring?

A. All live bait (night crawlers, minnows and leeches) works well in the lakes of the BWCA. A good variety of spoons, jigs and crank baits work well too. If the fish are biting you should have no problem catching them!

Q. What kind of equipment will you provide for us?

A. We use the finest available in lightweight equipment.

Q. What time of year is fishing best?

A. Fishing opener (mid May) through June and in September seem to be the best times for fishing in this area. But, good fishing can be experienced any time of the year with a little effort.

Q. What about the water? Does it need to be treated?

A. It is recommended by the Forest Service to either filter or boil or treat your drinking water. We do send water purification systems with all packs as part of PACKSACK Canoe Trips & Log Cabins outfitting packages.

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