Co-Leader: Bob Hart ([masked] /[masked])
Co Leader: Bill Beville ([masked] /[masked])
Trip Cost: $465
Member Discount: $25
Member Cost: $440
Trip Difficulty: Intermediate with some challenging days – see detail below.
Family Rating: Adults only
Orientation Date: TBD - Some time in May or June
Cancellation Date: June 25
Total Distance: Approx 32 miles (+ day trips) (6 total days on the water)
Portages: Total = 23 (4.47 miles): Longest = 280 rods, Average = 70 rods
(Note: 90 rods = ¼ mile)
The Boundary Waters is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System, maintained by the U.S. Forest Service, located in northern Minnesota on the Canadian border. The area is renowned for fabulous scenery and the finest canoeing in the world. No other place offers such an exceptional combination of expansive and varied wilderness canoe routes and intact natural ecosystem.
The route we have chosen will include the lakes known as the “Lady Chain” which, according to local storytellers, are named after the maiden aunts of a pioneer forest ranger. See: http://www.sawbill.com/www/planning/sug_routes/Lady_Chain/index.cfm
The area and route we have chosen is remote and, in the middle of the trip, we will be two days from any outpost. This chain includes two of the finest walleye lakes in the Boundary Waters. Our route starts with a day’s paddle from Kawishiwi to Malberg Lake which can serve as a base camp for a couple of nights. This will allow us to do some day trips or concentrate on fishing or picture taking. Finding pictographs will be an option at this point. After leaving Malberg, we will enter the Lady Chain and spend the next three days exploring and camping within this scenic chain of lakes separated by some gentle flowing streams. We will end our journey on the 6th day, arriving by water back to the Sawbill Landing. There, we can shower before hitting the road and finding a motel.
Hazards of nature and wildlife will require that standard canoe safety and camping etiquette guidelines be followed at all times. Paddling will require intermediate skills and some of the longer portages may be difficult. The ability to lift and carry gear and boats for extended periods is required. Participants will need to be in good physical condition. Study footwear is highly recommended for portaging. Seventy percent of the
portages will be a quarter mile or shorter, but there
are at least six portages that are one-third of a mile
or longer. We will be conducting an on water
orientation and gear shake down session this spring
or early summer at a date to be announced. A
comprehensive list of safety requirements and
suggestions will be provided well in advance of the
trip. Canoes, paddles, and portage yolks will be
provided by the outfitter. Participants will need to
provide their own personal gear including PFDs, dry
bags, sleeping bags, meal kits, packs etc. (a list of
required and recommend gear will be provided). The
club does have (a few) canoe packs and some tents.
A Minnesota fishing license will be necessary if you
intend to bring fishing gear. The club will provide six
camp dinners and three camp breakfasts. Remaining
breakfasts, lunches and snacks will be provided by
participants. Transportation in the club van, lodging
on the road, cookware, stoves, water treatment
equipment, tents (if needed), and maps will be
provided by the club.
We will leave Indianapolis on Friday evening, July
12th and travel straight through to the Sawbill
Outfitters Campground. Our travel plan is to pass
through Duluth, MN where we will probably visit the
famous Duluth Pack Store. Our return to Indy is
planned for Saturday night, July 20th, with one extra
day placed into the schedule for flexibility and the
potential for weather delays.
This is a tremendous opportunity to experience one
of the truly pristine lake regions in the world. We
would be happy to answer any questions you may
have regarding this trip, contact Bob or Bill with
Trip Policy and Signup - FAQ’s
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The Treasurer, Bernie Weitekamp, ([masked]) tracks trip sign-ups & waiting lists. He cannot hold trip sign-ups unless he has a deposit check. Mail is picked up weekly and sign-ups are documented when the check is received. In the event the P.O. BOX receives more sign-ups than open spots on a trip, the Treasurer will take the sign-ups in the order of the mail cancellation date, adding anyone over the limit to the waiting list in the order the checks were received.
INDICATE ON YOUR CHECK THE TRIP IT IS FOR AND INCLUDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS. SEND DEPOSIT PAYMENTS TO: CIWC, P.O. Box 91, McCordsville, IN 46055
The BALANCE of the trip fee is due by the cancellation date. If you do not pay by this date, we reserve the right to give your spot to someone on the waiting list who has paid in full. IF YOU HAVE TO CANCEL FOR ANY REASON, CONTACT: the Treasurer and the trip leader. If you do so by the cancellation date, we refund your money in full. Cancellation after that date will result in loss of part or all of the required deposit, depending on the status of any outfitter’s fees involved. You will be contacted when CIWC receives your check. Contact Trip Sign Up ([masked]) if you need to confirm you are on a trip, on the waiting list, or if you need to cancel.
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WHAT IS CIWC’S POLICY REGARDING CHILDREN ON TRIPS?
Parent/guardian must check with the Trip Leader regarding the suitability of a trip for children. Trip Leaders, in considering safety, terrain, and demanding activities, may elect not to include children on a trip. Children who do participate in club trips must be accompanied by a parent/guardian responsible for their safety. The child’s guardian must sign the waiver/release of liability before embarking on a club outing. Children participate in many club activities including family outings, membership meetings, day hikes and some overnight camping trips. Multi-day trips are reserved for youth with experience in these strenuous activities.
Most trip postings indicate family & difficulty ratings: - Adults Only - High School Youth OK – must have experience and be supervised by parent/guardian - Younger Kids OK
HOW WILL I KNOW THE DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF A TRIP?
Most trips indicate the Difficulty Rating:
Trip Difficulty Rating Scale: - Beginning – easy trip, most participants could handle - Intermediate – physically demanding, participants must be in good physical condition - Difficult – very demanding, participants need to be in top condition
Some trips may have additional information about what types of conditions can be expected and the level of experience and/or physical fitness that may be required. As always, you can contact trip leaders for additional information about trips.
For additional information about our core sponsor, the Central Indiana Wilderness Club, visit our website: ciwclub.org
After you RSVP to a trip it is important that you send either the deposit or required amount for the trip to secure your position. Most trips have a maximum number of participants and the determination of who goes is based upon receipt of the payment. Our web site (ciwclub.org) gives additional information about trips, leading trips, refund policy and a whole gambit of other things.
Make checks payable to Central Indiana Wilderness Club and mail to CIWC at PO Box 91 McCordsville, IN 46055.
Should you have any questions at any time about the trips or other general questions you may contact me by email, through the contact us under organizers at left hand side of site.