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Gear List for the BWCAW

The following gear list provides an excellent basic list of gear to bring on any summer trip into the BWCAW.

Canoeing Gear and Transportation

  • entry permit
  • canoe
  • waterproof maps (at least 1 per canoe for your whole route)
  • life jackets (1 per person)
  • paddles (plus one extra)
  • portage packs (see below)

Clothing

  • long pants
  • shorts
  • T-shirts
  • long-sleeve shirt
  • socks
  • underwear
  • hat with visor
  • gloves or mittens
  • sweater or fleece pullover
  • rain gear
  • footwear (2 pair w/ good traction)

Shelter & Sleeping Gear

  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping pad
  • tent
  • ground cloth
  • rain fly (optional)

Cooking & Food Preparation

  • food pack, optionally bear proof
  • cooking kit containing at least:
    • two large sauce pans
    • frying pan
    • cups
    • plates
    • bowls
    • silverware
    • water filter
  • backpacking stove
  • stove fuel
  • water proof matches & spares
  • biodegradable dish soap
  • "bear rope" (50 feet of 3/8" braided nylon)

Personal Hygiene and Safety

  • toilet paper
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • first aid kit
  • biodegradable soap and shampoo
  • sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)
  • lip balm

Insect Protection

  • mosquito repellent
  • bug net (optional)

Miscellaneous

  • pocket knife
  • flashlight & spare batteries
  • fishing gear
  • Minnesota fishing license
  • poles and reels
  • lures
  • leeches or minnows (optional)
  • filet knife
  • stringer
  • nature guides
  • compass
  • camera
Spring Creek Inc.
8873 Main St
Mountain Iron, MN 55768
(800) 937-8881
(218) 735-8719

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Mon - Fri : 8:30 - 4:30
Saturday : By Appointment
Sunday : Closed

 
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