While in the BWCA/Quetico, break camp early
Take an experienced man's advice and weigh anchor "early". You will be able to get the majority of your day's itinerary done while the lakes are still calm without the afternoon winds, and the heat of the day will not bake you.
That way you can make camp leisurely after lunch, before all the other campers have taken everything. And it will give you some afternoon hours to swim/hike/fish without the pressure to make camp in the dark.
Check out the Wintergreen...
Check out the Wintergreen coats & Steiger Mukluks....made right here in Ely!! If you need to stay warm, buy these!! The air is SO clean smelling, you can really tell a differece. The lakes are so clear...it is the last frontier.
The transition between a 180 F sauna and a hole cut into a frozen lake is an undescribable experience. This is a picture of the sauna building at camp Menogyn. Shortly after this was taken we ran out of those doors and into the 32 degree water.
When I was there in early June, the only bad insects were ticks and flies. But that was bad enough! And I can't imagine what it would be like in July and August with all of those mosquitos!!! So be sure to have bug repellent!
Ely - Stepping stone for BWCA and Quetico
What a pristine piece of land!! Both the Boundary Waters Park of northern Minnesota and Quetico Park of Ontario (Quetico & BWCA)
Simply wonderful!! You can go by foot in someplaces, but if you do, you'll have to carry your canoe/kyak on your shoulders, since this park (probably larger than Switzerland) is full of thousands of lakes, streams and waterways.
When I went here originally, the US/Canadian immigration was done in a shed on an island in the middle of the lake. In more recent times, you can pre-clear and get all your permits by mail prior to rowing out. Its on your own honor for permits and fees, but if you are found by a patrolling ranger without proper papers, it is quite a hassle.
You should take the wise advise of bringing enough food for your trip, regardless if you plan to fish or not, because sometimes the fish are not biting.
Also, I've been stuck up there in freak hail storms and thunder, so even in the middle of the summer, bring some cool weather clothes.
The mosquitos dont like the heat of the day, nor the cool of the night. The love the sunset and dusk. Bring proper measures for them as well, but if you take a short nap to refresh from a long day, by the time you awake for dinner, they mosquitoes will have dissipated some.
Take an experienced man's advice, and weigh anchor "early". You will be able to get the majority of your day's itinerary done while the lakes are still calm without the afternoon winds, and the heat of the day will not bake you. That way you can make camp leisurly after lunch, before all the other campers have taken everything. And it will give you some afternoon hours to swim/hike/fish without the pressure to make camp in the dark.