Information about the BWCA and Quetico


On this page, you will find:

Books about the BWCA and Quetico
Websites about the BWCA/Quetico
List of current BWCA Outfitters
Links to published scientific papers about the BWCA and Quetico


Books about the BWCA and Quetico

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A Boundary Waters Fishing Guide
Book contains information about the size of the lake, the lakes depth and bottom structure. Describes fish species present in most lakes in the BWCA and many in Quetico. Some discussion of fishing techniques. The tables in the back of the book are particularly useful. The book covers lakes in the BWCA and some lakes in Quetico Provincial Park.
Michael Furtman
Birch Portage Press
June 1, 1984
176 pages

A Paddler's Guide to Quetico Provincial Park
A guide explaining detailed canoe routes through Quetico Provincial Park.
Robert Beymer
W.A. Fisher Company
June 1997
159 pages

A Paddler's Guide to Quetico and Beyond
Covers some major routes in Quetico Provincial Park. Also has a few prime routes in other locations in Canada.
Kevin Callan
Boston Mills Press
2007
192 pages

A Wonderful Country - The Quetico-Superior Stories of Bill Magie
A compendium of stories about the life of Bill Magie.
Dave Olesen
Raven Productions, Inc.
February, 2005
200 pages

Boundary Waters Canoe Area - Volume 1 - Western Region, Fourth Printing
Route information for the western side of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Robert Beymer
Wilderness Press
March 2006
270 pages

Boundary Waters Canoe Area - Volume 2 - Eastern Region, Fourth Printing
Route information for the eastern side of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Robert Beymer
Wilderness Press
March 2006
295 pages

Canoe Country Camping
Wilderness skills for the Boundary Waters and Quetico.
Michael Furtman
Pfeifer-Hamilton Publishers
1992
201 pages

Canoe Country Flora
Plants and trees of the north woods and Boundary Waters. Uses hand-drawn illustrations.
Mark Stensaas
University of Minnesota Press
2004, University of Minnesota Press edition
210 pages

Canoe Country Wildlife
A field guide to the wildlife of the north woods and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Uses hand-drawn illustrations.
Mark Stensaas
University of Minnesota Press
2004, University of Minnesota Press edition
223 pages

Canoe Country Wilderness
Stories of William Rom's adventurers in the BWCA, Quetico and some other wilderness areas.
William N. Rom, M.D.
Voyageur Press
1987
214 pages

Exploring the Boundary Waters
Detailed route information for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Daniel Pauly
University of Minnesota Press
2005
421 pages

Magic on the Rocks - Canoe Country Pictographs
Another book available from Michael Furtman that discusses the pictographs found throughout the BWCAW. This books has background information on pictographs, where they can be found in the BWCA and information about each pictograph site.
Michael Furtman
Birch Portage Press
2000
182 pages

Our Historic Boundary Waters - From Lake Superior to Lake of the Woods, Sixth printing
Historical information of the area stretching along the U.S./Canadian Border from Lake Superior to Lake of the Woods. Contains some historical photos and drawings.
Duane R. Lund, Ph.D.
Adventure Publications
1991, Sixth printing
100 pages

Portage into the Past, Sixth Printing
Story of a canoe trip along the Minnesota/Ontario border waters route in the 1950's.
J. Arnold Bolz
University of Minnesota Press
1960, 1979 (sixth printing)
181 pages

Root Beer Lady
The story of Dorothy Molter.
Bob Cary
University of Minnesota Press
1993
177 pages

Sawbill: History and Tales, Second Edition
Detailed information about the history of Sawbill Canoe Outfitters on Sawbill Lake. Stories and information about the surrounding area.
Mary Alice Hansen
Sawbill Press
2007
286 pages

The Boundary Waters Wilderness Ecosystem
Information on the ecosystems of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). It is particularly informative with respect to forest fire ecology and the logging eras impact on the forest. Lots of historical information. Provides an understanding of how the natural processes in the BWCA work.
Miron Heinselman
University of Minnesota Press, 1st Edition
March 1, 1999
352 pages

The Singing Wilderness
A volume of essays divided amongst the four seasons, about the north woods and the area that encompasses the BWCA in particular.
Sigurd E. Olson
University of Minnesota Press, 1st Edition
Originally printed in 1956. This is the 1997 edition.
246 pages

Wildflowers of the Boundary Waters
Descriptions and photos of many of the wildflowers found in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Betty Vos Hemstad
Minnesota Historical Society Press
2009
272 pages


Websites about the BWCA/Quetico

Minnesota DNR website that has information on fish species, water depth, water clarity, lake size, depth maps and stocking information.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Lake Finder

BWCA.com

PaddlePlanner.com

Boundary Waters Advisory Committee - Volunteer here to help clear and restore hiking trails in the BWCA

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

Recreation.gov - Make BWCA Reservations here!

Save the Boundary Waters

QuietJourney.com

Quetico Superior Wilderness News

A website hosted by the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy that has an extensive database of maps about historical forest fires in the BWCA. Authored by Miron L. Heinselman.
Area Burn Map Series Annotated by Miron Henselman


List of current BWCA Outfitters

These outfitters rent and sell gear including: Canoes, tackle, camping equipment and food.
Last Updated: November 24, 2021

Bearskin Wilderness Outfitters (Grand Marais)
Canadian Waters Inc. (Ely)
Canoe Country Outfitters (Ely)
Clearwater Historic Lodge & Canoe Outfitters (Grand Marais)
Cliff Wold's Outfitting Company (Ely)
Ely Outfitting Company & Boundary Waters Guide Service (Ely)
Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters (Grand Marais)
Hungry Jack Outfitters and Cabins (Grand Marais)
Kawishiwi Lodge & Outfitters (Ely)
LaTourell's Moose Lake Outfitters (Ely)
Moose Track Adventures (Ely)
Packsack Canoe Trips & Log Cabins (Ely)
Piragis Northwoods Company (Ely)
Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters - On the Gunflint Trail (Grand Marais)
Sawtooth Canoe Outfitters (Tofte)
Sawtooth Outfitters (Tofte)
Seagull Outfitters (Grand Marais)
Spirit of the Wilderness - BWCA Outfitters and Outdoor Store (Ely)
Tuscorara Lodge & Canoe Outfitters (Grand Marais)
Voyageur Canoe Outfitters (Grand Marais)
Voyageur North Outfitters (Ely)
Williams and Hall (Ely)


Links to Published Scientific Papers about the BWCA and Quetico

This is a paper written by Heinselman and published in the Quaternary Research journal. It contains information similar to what is found in Heinselman’s book, The Boundary Waters Wilderness Ecosystem.
Fire in the Virgin Forests of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Minnesota
Miron L. Heinselman
Published in Quaternary Research 3, p. 329-382
1973
53 pages


 
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