Adventure Trips at BWB

 

Only at Camp Birchwood are you able to paddle from one of the Camp docks into what many come from around the Country to experience: The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  In fact, camps from all over the midwest drive for hours by van just to start their camping adventures at our doorstep and we do not blame them one bit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each camper gets to select the trips they wish to travel with and all trips have two qualified Birchwood guides and four to seven boys of similar age or experience.

 

DON'T WORRY, experience is NOT NECESSARY to have the time of your life at Birchwood.  Throughout each camper's first day of camp, he will participate in Gunflint School.  During Gunflint School, boys will learn and practice outdoor skills such as campsite set-up, tent pitching, trail safety, outdoor cooking, canoeing, kayaking and packing dos and dont's.  Gunflint School is conducted in a safe and supportive environment to assure that at the end of the day, each camper feels accomplished and ready for a new adventure.

 

North Shore Rock-Climbing

 

This 3 to 5 day trip is a camper and staff favorite. Though it is van-based, everyone gets plenty of time to enjoy the wilderness while hanging over the cliffs of Lake Superior. After demonstrating your climbing safety and ability on some of the Shore's smaller rocks you may opt to be lowered over the Superior cliffs by one of our expert rock-guides. After a great day of climbing, campers and guides often explore the rocky beaches of Lake Superior and some even brave its cold waters.

Granite River Rapids and Fishing

 

This 3 day trip will leave Camp for a short ride in a van to put the canoes in at Gunflint Lake. You will paddle down the north-flowing Granite River and the many other connecting rivers and lakes all the way back to the Camp dock. Along the way there will be plenty of chances to cast a line in and try to win the Biggest Fish award. If the conditions are right you may even be able to paddle your canoes down some rushing river rapids. This is a great trip for anyone with any amount of experience.

Porcupine Mountains Hiking

 

On this 5 day trip the group will leave camp as early as possible in a van and travel to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Although this trip takes a van, you won't see it for most of the trip. Once the group arrives at the Park you will leave the van and carry everything you need for the next 4 nights on your back. On the hike around the wilderness trails you will see lakes and waterfalls and even get to hike and camp right on the beach of Lake Superior.

The Famous Alpine Loop

 

This 3 day trip leaves and arrives back at the Camp dock. This is a great trip for anyone of any ability, you can practice your paddling skills or throw a line in and try to catch a Stevesie (Camp's biggest fish award). People come from far and wide to paddle around the Alpine Loop and we are lucky enough to have it on our doorstep.

The Superior Hiking Trail

 

This is a 3 or 4 day hiking trip that parallels, and sometimes traces, the North Shore of Lake Superior. The Superior Hiking Trail is nearly 300 miles long, which means there are many options for a great 3 or 4 day trip. Once the group picks a start and end point they will next spend their hiking days enjoying the many rivers, waterfalls and highpoint views of the Big Lake.  Collect your BWB stamps for each section completed so you can someday proclaim: "I have hiked the Superior Hiking Trail from start to finish."

Sawmill Dome & Picnic Rock Bouldering

 

On this 3 day trip the group will travel in a van to the North Shore of Lake Superior. After a short hike on the famed Superior Hiking Trail you will discover your own private climbing arena. You will have the possibility of visiting several different sites on the Trail to go bouldering, where you climb 6-8 feet up or across a rock and then jump back down onto a crash mat. You will also find some traditional climbing routes on the Trail for a chance to break out the ropes and harnesses.

Voyageur Highway One

 

This 5 day trip leaves Camp in a van as early as possible on Monday morning to drive to Ely and put the canoes in at Moose Lake. From here the group will paddle along the US/Canada border all the way back to camp. Along the way you will pass the island that Dorothy Molter (The Root Beer Lady) used to live and brew root beer for weary travelers. High cliffs and ancient pictographs are amongst the sidetracks you may take when you are not paddling or reeling in your recent catch.

Voyageur Highway Two

 

On this 4 day trip you will put the canoes in at Gunflint Lake and paddle along the US/Canada border. The group will travel across Gunflint Lake into North Lake and then to the Height of Land Portage where each member will be "baptized" as a Voyageur.  Before the group is picked up they will get to sit atop the Rat Bluffs near the famous Stairway Portage and see some of the BWCA's greatest views. 

Voyageur Highway Three

 

This is a 3 or 4 day hiking trip that parallels, and sometimes traces, the North Shore of Lake Superior. The Superior Hiking Trail is nearly 300 miles long, which means there are many options for a great 3 or 4 day trip. Once the group picks a start and end point they will next spend their hiking days enjoying the many rivers, waterfalls and highpoint views of the Big Lake.  Collect your BWB stamps for each section completed so you can someday proclaim: "I have hiked the Superior Hiking Trail from start to finish."

Camp Birchwood for Boys • 218.388.4402 • 12586 Gunflint Trail, Slip 85, Grand Marais, MN 55604

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