Category Archives for "Canoe Tripping"

Old Town Guide 119 Has Some Problems!

My Old Town Guide 119 Loaded Up

My Old Town Guide 119 Loaded Up

Last August in 2018 I broke down and bought an Old Town Guide 119.  I had been looking pretty hard at a few different solo canoes from various manufactures, but on a gut hunch I went with the Guide 119.  To be honest I am glad I did.  It’s a great little canoe and was a fraction of the cost of those other canoes. CONTINUE READING, CLICK HERE

May Boundary Waters Canoe Area Trip

Alder Lake BWCA

It’s no secret if you follow this blog that I have a Boundary Waters Canoe Area trip coming up in in less than two weeks.  I am really starting to get excited for the trip.  It will be epic!  Ice is about 90 percent gone from the lakes I plan on paddling, and should be completely gone in a few more days.

Lake trout fishing should be good.  The bugs should be near nil, or very minimal.  Day time temps are seasonally expected to be in the mid to upper 60s during the day.  In the evening down into the 40s.  Last year during this same time temps were in the mid to upper 70s for highs. CONTINUE READING, CLICK HERE

Old Town Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman

Old Town Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman

Old Town Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman

I got an email from Old Town Canoe Company a few days ago promoting their new for 2019 Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman canoe.  So what is this new canoe?  How much does it cost?  What are the specs on it?  Does it fit a particular niche?  Let’s take a look at the new Discovery 119 Solo Sportsman! CONTINUE READING, CLICK HERE

Quetico Provincial Park In September

The past couple weeks I had been working to make a September Woodland Caribou Provincial Park trip happen.  Sadly it doesn’t look possible for this year.  I just can’t get enough time away to do that trip.  If I am going to make it happen I really want to spend 8-10 in WCPP, and I can’t make that work for this year.  But I can get away to the Quetico Provincial Park for 6-7 nights.


Eagerly Waiting Canoe Season 2019

February 2019 certainly has been snowy.  Winter started out rather mild with rain in December and January, which is not unheard of but certainly not the norm for northwest Wisconsin.  Then February came along with snow storm after snow storm.  I heard someplace it has been the third most snowy February on record. CONTINUE READING, CLICK HERE

Woodland Caribou Provincial Park – Trip Planning

For a few years now I have been wanting to go canoe tripping in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park.  Over the past year I have mentioned it a few times here on this website.  It’s on my to do list, to be sure.

Recently I have been taking a hard look at doing a September trip to Woodland Caribou Provincial Park (WCPP) and exploring some options that are open to me.  When I say options I mean the following; fly in, shuttle in, or drive myself in.

I am having a hard time deciding which method I want to use getting my butt and gear into the park.  And while I want to go solo, my wife is strongly encouraging me to go with at least one other person. CONTINUE READING, CLICK HERE

Shipping A Canoe To Your House – Worked Well For Me

Shipping a canoe to your house? Easier than you think.

Shipping a canoe to your house? Easier than you think.

I had my new canoe shipped directly to my house.  When I mention that to some people they seem surprised .  More than a few ask me how it arrived and if I had any issues regarding delivery.  The simple and short answer is no.  The long and drawn out answer is also no.  Thinking of having a canoe shipped to your house?  Don’t worry too much.

Here is how it went down for me.  Shipping the canoe to my house was the easy part!  If you are contemplating ordering an Old Town Guide 119 from Dick’s Sporting goods in particular, then this article is for you! CONTINUE READING, CLICK HERE

BWCAW Spring 2019 – Planning Starts Now!

Time to start planning that spring Boundary Waters Wilderness Adventure!

Time to start planning that spring Boundary Waters Wilderness Adventure!

I’ve mentioned in a few previous posts that I’ll be heading back to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness May 2019.  From right now that is only five months away and I’m already very excited for this trip.

It will not be a solo a trip this time around.  The person going with me is somebody I have known for about twenty-three years.  His name is Tim, and we’ve hunted pheasant together a few times over twenty years ago.  Sixteen years ago we went to Canada together (he still tells stories about that trip).  We’ve ice fished a few times over the past ten years, fly-fished a couple times… our outings together are usually few and far between.  But we’ve known each other a while. CONTINUE READING, CLICK HERE

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