Boundary Waters Canoe Areaby Robert Beymer
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, over a million pristine acres of lakes, rivers, and forests in northeastern Minnesota, is a wilderness canoe paradise. This book describes 28 entry points in the eastern part of the BWCA Wilderness- those accessible from Sawbill Trail and the Gunflint Trail. It then suggests two routes from each entry point (a shorter route and a longer one). The reader is given a day by day guide through the entire trip with points of interest noted along the way.
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The Boundary Waters can be a difficult place to figure out. With so many entry points, unless you have a trained and experienced guide it is difficult to know where to begin. This book is that knowledgeable guide. It can be used by the beginner trying to figure out where to start, or the advanced person to build routes from. I planned my first trip to the boundary waters by consulting this guide and will plan many more with it. I recommend it to all of my friends looking for their first portage as well. However, like the previous reviewer mentioned... it is not for the person looking for a basic guide on camping/supplies/etc... the web has plenty of resources to help with that.
This is an excellent book. I have the honor of living in the same ciy as Mr Beymer, and he is extremely knowledgeable about the BWCA. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to stay away from the common, crowded portages, entry points, and routes. However, if you are a first time or inexperienced BWCA adventurer, you may also want to get a more basic guide. This is not a hold-your-hand type of book that tells you what to pack and how to cook. It lists with great accuracy and description, the routes that Mr Beymer spent an entire summer following and writing about. I can't imagine a better book for exploring or planning a BWCA trip!