The BWCA Bar Trivia Challenge

On Wednesday, July 15, Indeed Brewing hosted the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness in their taproom as part of their “Indeed We Can” program. It works like this: Indeed employees nominate their favorite non-profit organizations to receive the proceeds from the taproom every Wednesday evening, and that nonprofit gets to feature their work. [...]

Launching the Heart of the Continent Geotourism Initiative

Jim Dion announcing the website launch in Duluth

By Shannon Boehm, Friends Intern

In March, I had the privilege to be a part of a monumental event for The Heart of the Continent Partnership: The launch of their geotourism website for National Geographic. This initiative was started by Jim Dion of National Geographic. With [...]

Winter Weekend Wonderland

The kids had a great time in the snow

Over 40 people joined the Friends for our annual Winter Wilderness Weekend at Camp Menogyn on the edge of the BWCA Wilderness January 16th through 19th. The weather was great, with light snow, mild temperatures and just enough clear sky to see a glimpse of the northern lights. Here are some shots from the weekend’s [...]

Ask the White House to Protect the Boundary Waters

If you’re a fan of “The West Wing“, you know what “Big Block of Cheese Day” is. If you aren’t, I’ll explain. In 1837, President Andrew Jackson put out a 1,400 pound block of cheese in the White House foyer and held an open house where citizens could talk about issues with White House staff. [...]

BWCAW entry permit lottery ending, 2015 permits on sale soon

Dreaming of blue skies and open water? – Photo: Cori Mattke

In the depths of winter, a beacon of hope shines – the annual opening of BWCAW permit reservations. The Boundary Waters has a simple and easy to use permit system. If you plan to camp overnight in the wilderness or utilize a limited [...]

What’s it like to attend a Heart of the Continent Partnership meeting?

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By Allison Dobscha and Arielle Johnson, Friends Interns

A little over two weeks ago, we had the privilege of taking part in a quarterly meeting for the Heart of the Continent Partnership, a coalition of Canadian and American organizations working together to sustain the economy, ecosystems, and culture of the Ontario/Northeastern Minnesota region. As [...]

Amy and Dave Freeman Complete Incredible Paddle to DC

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After 100 days of paddling, sailing and portaging from Ely, on December 3rd, Amy and Dave Freeman completed their quest to deliver their petition canoe “Sig” to Washington D.C. From the shores of Birch Lake, the Freemans paddled through the BWCA, portaged across the Grand Portage, sailed down the north shore to Duluth, across Lake [...]

How many miles is 22,616 rods?

Don’t bother getting out your calculator, it’s about 70 miles. It’s also the length of portage trails that volunteers brushed and cleared this year through the Superior Wilderness Volunteer Connection program.

For the last several years, the Friends has partnered with the Superior National Forest and REI to administer this program that connects volunteers who [...]

A 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act Canoe Trip

by Paul Danicic, Executive Director

Last month, on the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act, I was on trail in the Boundary Waters Wilderness with a group of people I did not know. We were all there to celebrate our country’s creation of wilderness areas, discuss what [...]

Minnesota Water Trails Summit

by Aaron Klemz, Communications and Engagement Director

This week, over 100 people gathered in St. Cloud for the Minnesota Water Trails Summit to celebrate 50 years of the Minnesota Water Trails program and share best practices for developing paddlesports recreation in Minnesota. I joined them to learn more about how people across Minnesota are integrating [...]