Canoe Country Wilderness Canoeing
by © Lee Hegstrand


Canoe Country Wilderness Canoeing
in the Boundary Waters and Quetico Park

by © Lee Hegstrand

This monograph is presented as a compendium of information taken from the author's many years of canoeing experience, from guide books and the Internet. Photo courtesy - Ken BrownIt is intended to serve several audiences: inexperienced youth groups or older individuals who have little or no experience canoeing the "Canoe Country," a term I use in this monograph that includes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, or BWCAW, and Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, located just north of the BWCAW. A compendium format is not a high literature style and I apologize for this, however this the tradeoff for avoiding the fluff added to make other guide literature more entertaining. This is a busy world and for some types of literature the more information conveyed in the least space is best.

Read what follows carefully to learn from the mistakes of others and to insure a more successful trip. You are about to embark on an adventure of such significance that this booklet alone cannot adequately enlighten. Please read one or more of the books suggested in the “Reading Suggestions” section, to better understand what the Canoe Country represents. Enjoy yourself and drink in the beauty of the Canoe Country!


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About the Author:

Lee Hegstrand started canoeing the Boundary Waters and Quetico when he was a Minnesota teen in the late 1950's. He was bitten by the Canoe Country bug at that time and that bite point has festered ever since. His children's high school sponsored a BWCAW trip each year and the author saw the need for a concise handbook on traveling in the Canoe Country for those youths and for other first time travelers. Writing it was almost as fun as paddling those boreal waters.

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