About the Pagami Creek Fire

You may have heard about the forest fire near Ely, Minnesota in the BWCA in the fall of 2012, the Pagami Creek Fire.  The Forest Service initially opted to let the fire burn naturally, since the forest does need to burn once in a while, but then the fire grew a bit faster than anticipated […]

The 50-Miler Afloat Award

PortageThe BSA 50-Miler Award is presented to each qualifying individual by his/her home Scout unit for satisfactory participation in an approved trip.

But just what is involved with earning this award? The second BSA requirement is: Cover the canoe route of not less than 50 consecutive miles; take a minimum […]

Spring Fishing For Northern Pike in Ely, Minnesota, BWCA

The Water Wolf

Northern pike are a very popular game fish, have been for many years. There was a time, however, when these fun fish were relegated to fishing trips with children because they are easy to catch. Now every angler, youngest or oldest, knows that […]

Recipe: Blue Cheese Steaks

This recipe probably recieves more requests than any other. Blue cheese can really add flavor to a steak. The combination of the beef flavor with the salty tartness of blue cheese really stands out.   It is easy, and can sass up any elegant steak dinner for company.

 Ingredients:

Choosing a Camp Site

Location, location, location

Selecting a good campsite is the most important part of the stay in the wilderness. When asked what they remember most about their visit to the outdoors, the campsite is what is remembered most, so be sure it is a good one. If a bad campsite is selected, the visit will very easily […]

Photography Tips from the BWCA

Sunrise and sunset can give you some of the most dramatic pictures nature has to offer. Here are some tips on how to capture these visual treasures with ease.

Take advantage of camera settings

  • Use the sunset mode (works the same for sunrise) on your camera. It automatically sets the best focus and exposure […]

Ely, Minnesota Outfitter and Your Mental Health

We are living in chaotic times.

The headlines are rarely proclaiming anything good. Some people are turning off the Six O’clock News because they are tired of the constant beatdown every evening. People need a break, a time to unwind.

A few years ago, I went to a two day tourism/hospitality conference. The one line that has […]

Portage Tips: Footware

The debate on what kind of footware to have, while taking a canoe trip, has probably dragged on since Raddison paddled these lakes in 1660.  They carried loads far heavier than our packs could ever be.  Their days stretched from dawn to dusk … and they only fished for a change of diet.  Since […]