Free Info on Fishing From a Canoe, Canoe Camping, & Wilderness
Here are some good tips for your canoe camping trip:
Planning Your Trip
- Make sure everybody in your camping party
is happy with the planned trip. Some like to canoe a
lot and only stay at a site a night and then move on, some
like to set up a 4 day camp and stay and fish and make small
trips from the base camp.
- Research the waters and your route ahead
of time. Avoid travel through very large lakes that
can be too windy to safely paddle through. Research the
fishing - a very good guide for Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Boundary Waters Fishing Guide. For free lake map
and river map resources on the web,
- Try to plan your trip in an "off-season"
time if possible. The end of May (before schools let out) or
in September or October are good times. If you make a trip
in a popular area (like the BWCA) in a peak time, you may
find yourself competing with other campers for the few
limited spots on a lake. Find some
out-of-the-way spots that
still offer wilderness type camping if you are going out in
Camp Set Up
- As soon as you find a spot, make wood
gathering your number one priority. You never know when it
may rain on you. Wet wood makes for difficult cooking
- If you have wet wood to work with when
you begin, gather a good supply of wood, start a fire (paper
towel soaked in cooking oil is a good fire starter!), and
then pile all the wet wood on or around the fire. When
the wood finally dries off enough to start burning, take it
off the fire and set it aside - you can dry out wood that is
virtually water-logged this way.
- If mosquitoes and bugs are very bad, you
can drive them away from your campsite with a good smoky
fire. Place old rotted wood or green grass and old
leaves on the fire - the smoke will clear out many of the
- Cover your firewood with a tarp at night
- this will keep the dew and possible rain off.
- Keep your campsite area clean of food as
evening approaches. Keep all food packed in plastic
bags inside a food pack hung high in a tree over a limb.
You and The Elements
- Avoid overexposure to the sun. Bring
plenty of sunscreen.
- Drink plenty of water to prevent
dehydration. It is usually recommended to boil the water you
gather from the lake or river or bring your own water if the
lake or river has motor boat traffic. You may also treat
lake water with bleach drops. There is a camper's
water filter that works well if you wish to spend the money.
- Wear gloves if you have problem skin.
Cracked hands can get very painful.
- Bring plenty of strong bug repellent.
- Bring a first aid kit.