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As we fasten the bindings of our skishoes, the talking stops. We’d been laughing about the contrast between this place now, in January, and last summer, when we’d done the same trip, but in canoes. Instead of blue rimmed with green, we stare out at white. The lakes that have made the Boundary Waters renowned among paddlers are frozen. We embrace the silence and glide onto the ice...

Quetico Provincial Park is situated just across the border from Minnesota in the dense forests of Ontario. During the peak paddling months, canoeists may only enter Quetico via six ranger stations which serve 21 specific entry points. Among these locations is the Cache Bay Ranger Station on ​Saganaga Lake, a post that Interior Ranger Janice Matichuk has maintained for the past 34 years.

Jonathan Haun is used to cutting his ice fishing holes with a chainsaw. That’s how they do it on his home waters in Montana. Here, in a remote reach of northeastern Minnesota known as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, motors of any sort are not allowed.

Ice. Frozen water. It forms, expands and melts. Nothing more, nothing less… right? Well, that depends on whom you ask...

Ice. Frozen water. It forms, expands and melts. Nothing more, nothing less… right? Well, that depends on whom you ask...

WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs and Chef Lukas Leaf recently joined Dave and Amy Freeman at their camp on Rush Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. This is a story about what it’s like to camp with the Freemans in the BWCAW. 

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