Piragis Northwoods Outfitters
Boundary Waters Canoe Trips
105 North Central Avenue
Ely, Minnesota 55731

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Art in the Boundary Waters Guided Canoe Trip with artist Brent Spink
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Fire Ecology canoe camping trip with Piragis Northwoods Company

Fire Ecology Canoe Camping Trip

Trip Dates: June 23 -29 and September 1 - 7, 2012

Call Drew Brockett or Adam Macht

Trip Cost: $1195 (+ tax)

Please Note: Final payment for our guided group trips is due 30 days before the trip begins.

Fires are vital to the health of the forest. They are part of a natural process that helps rejuvenate the ecosystem. The Pagami Creek Fire provides us with a unique opportunity to explore the aftermath left behind by the blaze.

You probably have seen pictures of the Pagami Creek Fire in action, and the results that it left behind. Our six day, five night canoe trip will actually give you the opportunity to investigate first-hand what the fire has left behind, and how much regrowth has already occurred. We will discuss why fires are so important and why the forest could not survive without them. Our guide Steve Johnson will share his wealth of knowledge with you, not only about the fire, but the Boundary Waters in general. (more below)

Fire Ecology canoe camping trip with Piragis Northwoods Company

This trip will give us a unique perspective into the life of the forest and its regeneration process. We will be able to compare parts of the old growth forest that hasn’t been burned to the fresh greens of the area affected by the fire. Though the tree cover is greatly diminished in some areas, this allows us to see deeper into the forest and see parts of the landscape that are normally hidden. Seeing deeper into the forest, along with the fact that the new growth will be low to the ground, providing more accessible food for wildlife will enhance our chances of seeing some Boundary Waters fauna. Aside from some of the benefits to wildlife, fires often uncover archaeological sites. This trip will provide us with a rare chance to explore the landscape more intimately that it has been in years.

For those of you who want to get one of the first looks at the fire area, we are holding an early bird trip from June 23 - 29. Those of you who enjoy the beautiful Boundary Waters Fall season, we will be taking a trip out from Sept. 1 - 7. We are very interested to see how much rejuvenation occurs in just one summer. We would love to get some campers to go on both trips so we could compare notes and pictures of the forest's regeneration. Sign up for both the early and late Fire Ecology Trips and we will give you a 15% discount on both trips!!

If this sounds like an opportunity that you can’t pass up, call Adam or Drew for more details.


Items you should bring:

Two pair of pants (nylon or quick dry)
Two shirts (nylon/ fleece/ poly) 
Three pair of underwear
Shorts and T-shirt
Multiple pair of appropriate socks 
Good rain gear (essential for a good time)
Wet boots (sandals (Keens)/ swampers/ chota quetico trekker)  
Dry boots (tennis shoes/ camp shoes)
Hat with a wide brim or visor for sun protection
Headlamp w/ batteries
Headnet for bugs
  Accessories/ Personal Gear
Sunscreen and lipbalm
Toiletries (personal items, ect.) 
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Insect repellent
Sunglasses and lanyard    
Camera and film
Reading material and playing cards
Flashlight w/ extra batteries
Map and compass
Pocket knife and /or multitool 
Fishing rods, tackle, fillet knife

Additional Spring & Fall Gear:
* Gloves (fleece and/ or neoprene)
* Medium/ Heavy Weight Long Underwear
* Warmer Jacket, Fleece & Hat
* Rubber Boots/ Chota Boots

Items included with complete outfitting trips:
* Canoe and Kayak
* Paddles
* Life Vest
* Tent (easy to assemble)
* Lightweight Tarp
* Boat Tape
* Toilet Paper
* Granite Gear Portage Pack
* Cook Kit / Coffee Pot
* Stove w/ Fuel
* Pots w/ Covers
* Fry Pan/ Griddle
* Utensils
* Cup & Bowl
* Food & Spices
Biodegradable Soap
* First Aid Kit
* Water Filter
* Matches & Waterproof Container
* Bear Confounder (keeps your food safe)
* Pack Saw
* Folding Bucket
* Pot Scrubber
* Nalgene drinking bottle
* Cook Grate & Shovel (Quetico only)
* Packable Towel
* 30-40 F Sleeping Bag
* Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad
* Pack Pillow
* Crazy Creek Chair

Call Drew Brockett or Adam Macht

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