What's New About This Edition?
A Note to the Reader
Preface, by Kevin Proescholdt
Chapter 1: A Wilderness in Turmoil, by David Backes
Chapter 2: Planning and Pacing Your Canoe Trip
First, Pick Your Travel Area
If You Plan To Use a GPS
Don't Turn Your Vacation into a Marathon!
Rules for Interpreting Contour Lines
Planning the Route
Scenario Thought List
Chapter 3: A Maze of Finger Lakes, Portage Trails, and Confusing Bays!
No Need to Worry about Magnetic Declination!
Using Map and Compass Together
Test Your Map and Compass Skills
Tips for Navigating Small Streams and Moose Trails
Using a Map With Your GPS/UTM Coordinates
Chapter 4: Favorite Routes—Where Solitude Still Remains
Ham Lake to Long Island Lake and Points East
Granite River through Guide's Portage
Chapter 5: Federal Regulations and Rational
Some Obscure Regulations
No Cans or Bottles Are Allowed in the BWCA!
Camouflage Your Camp
Camp Only at U.S. Forest Service Designated Sites
When Nature Calls and There Is No Forest Service Box Latrine
Campfires Are Allowed Only Within the Steel Fire Grates at Developed Campsites
Sanitation and Waste Disposal
Chapter 6: Selecting and Outfitting Your Canoe
A Boundary Waters Canoe Can Never Be Too Light!
A Fast Canoe Is a Welcome Luxury
Canoe Building Materials
Outfitting the Canoe
Chapter 7: Paddling and Portaging Your Canoe
Paddling Your Canoe
Big Water Tactics
Portaging Your Canoe
Chapter 8: The Right Stuff—Everything You Need To Know About Equipment
Packing Your Packs
Packing the Canoe
Chapter 9: Solo Canoes and Kayaks in the Boundary Waters
Why Solo Canoes?
Things To Consider When Choosing A Solo Canoe
Customizing Your Solo Canoe
Solo Canoes And Camping
Packs And Packing
Portaging The Load
Canoeing With Friends
Why Not Paddle A Kayak?
Chapter 10: Fast Fixin's—Easy Ways to Prepare Great Trail Meals
Packing the Kitchen
Containers for Powders and Liquids
On into Supper
Meal Management Tricks
Tasty Cooking Tricks
Chapter 11: A Bomb-Proof Canoe Camp!
Tents and Tarps
Chapter 12: Bothersome Beasts and Ornery Stingers!
Chapter 13: Dangers, Safety, and First Aid
When Your Canoe Becomes a Kite!
Safety with Edged Tools
Medicine for the Boundary Waters
First Aid for Common Ailments
Signals: When You Need To Bring the Airplane Down!
Chapter 14: A Magic Day in the BWCA
Chapter 15: Advice from the Experts
Dr. Nick and Stephanie Boismenue
Advice from an Outfitter—Nancy Piragis
Appendix A: Equipment Checklist
Appendix B: Resources
BWCA Information and Permits
Quetico Information and Permits
Miscellaneous Equipment and Supplies
Packsacks, Map Cases, and Other Canoeing Luggage
BWCA and Quetico Canoeing Guide Books
Appendix C: Seven-Day Menu
Appendix D: The Wilderness Meal
It has been twelve years since this edition was last issued, so serious changes were in order. The author has added more than 6,000 new words, more than 100 stunning full color photos, new product ideas and revised appendices. GPS navigation information has been added. A new chapter, “Solo Canoes and Kayaks in the Boundary Waters,” details how to paddle, portage and pack these personal-sized watercraft. Another new chapter provides cutting edge advice from some of the top Boundary Waters paddlers.