Family Canoe Trips
These trips generally have shorter portages and smaller lakes to make it more enjoyable for everyone in the family.
Poplar to Gaskin Route
This scenic waterway heads south from Poplar Lake to a series of smaller BWCA lakes—Liz, Caribou, Horseshoe and Gaskin lakes. You can base camp or move along, as the spirit moves you. Most of the lakes have walleye, smallmouth bass and northern pike in them and there is a decent population of moose in the area. This route works well for a 3-5 day trip.
Ham to Long Island Route
We put you in at a nearby landing where it takes you two portages to get to Ham Lake, a lake right at the edge of the BWCA. Then you continue south through Cross Bay, Rib, Eddy and into Long Island Lake. This can be either a one or two day trip to get to Long Island, where many spend more than one night at a beautiful pine covered campsite. There are a variety of side trips to explore if you are interested. In general, the portages are on the easy side and the lakes are modest sized. The fishing in this route is mostly northern and lake trout. This is a nice 4-5 day trip.
West Bearskin to Duncan Route
This family route works best for a base camp plan. We set you in at West Bearskin and you have one portage to Duncan. There are several nice campsites on Duncan, to go with the good smallmouth bass fishing. You can explore the Stairway Portage, the Border Lakes hiking trail, and the portage trail to Moss Lake. This is an easier trip and is ideal for 2-3 nights.