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John and Patís Boundary Waters

Canoe Area Adventure 2009


This website contains pictures taken during John and Pat Dickinsonís Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) Adventure of 2009.We left home on September 12, 2009 and returned home on September19th.†† We went in at Entry Point #41, Brule Lake, which is North of Lutsen, MN.

Below are a few statistics from our trip:

 †††††††† Paddling Days:†††††††††††††††††††††† 8††††
††††††††† Rain Days:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1
††††††††† Camping Nights:††††††††††††††††††† 7
††††††††† Miles paddled:†††††††††††††††††††††† 40
††††††††† Portages:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 19
††††††††† Total Portage distance:†††††††††††††††††† 3.32 miles
††††††††† Portages over 0.25 miles:†††††††††††††††††3
††††††††† Longest Portage:††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1.06 miles

We had an excellant trip! The route we choose was not as challenging as many of the routes in the past. The weather was super with rain only on the first day and then 7 dry days in a row. I can never remember going that long in the BWCA without rain. You could count the number of Mosquitoes on two hands, again I have never seen anything like it, the bugs were almost non-existant. I even managed to catch a few fish which is always a bonus. There was not too much hiking with only 3.32 miles of portages that resulted in about 10 portage miles (three trips on each portage).

We entered at Brule Lake and did a big loop via Lilly, Mulligan, Grassey, Wanihigan, Winchell, Gaskin, Jump, Allen, Pillsbery, Henson, Omega, Winchell, Wanihigan, Cliff, North Cone, Middle Cone, South Cone and back to Brule. The water was low so we had to portage around Grassey Lake which accounted for our longest portage of just over a mile. The high point of the trip was seeing three adult moose all at the same time and three lake Otter. It has been years since we saw any lake Otter. We saw quite a few Bald Eagles this trip and at least 4 juvenile eagles. It was a fantastic trip!!!!

Pictures Organized by Topic

 An assortment of the pictures that we took on our trip are grouped in various topics. Use this link to access the Topic Menu.From the Topic Menu, thumbnails of each picture are provided to use as poke points to access an expanded view of that picture.Use your browserís forward and back buttons to navigate through the pictures and return to this page.

Trip Diary

Pat kept a hand written daily diary which she later typed up.The Diary is organized by day and can be found by clicking here.

Contact Information

If you wish to contact us you may do so using the contact information below.We enjoy answering any questions you may have about our trips.We also enjoy hearing about trips that you may have taken.

John and Pat


Last revised: September 2009