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Old 09-07-2007, 10:55 AM   #15
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In my case and set up, being in control out weighed speed to get to that first beer. I am here today mostly intact. The shock of the road was mostly because we did not expect it, so on the way out, it was alot less stress on the 'ol Lev's nerves knowing what we knew.

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Old 09-07-2007, 11:03 AM   #16
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In my case and set up, being in control out weighed speed to get to that first beer.
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I hear you, I too prefer to be firmly in control of my rig.
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Old 09-07-2007, 07:49 PM   #17
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Great post Lev, BWCA is on my list of places to see. What a gorgeous campsite!
Jack, your tale cracked me up also...the stuff memories are made of!

Just curious, are any gas motors allowed? Sure would be cool taking the new Porta-Bote up there..

Have you ever done the Allagash in Maine? Also very remote and beautiful.

Aren't we blessed to have these great adventures!
America-what a city!

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Old 09-08-2007, 11:11 AM   #18
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Bill,

It is my understanding that there are no motorized watercraft allowed in the BW. I also think that in many places the water is just to shallow, many rocks, and alot of watergrass. Besides, I think there are only certain "entry" points to the area, to get to other lakes would be impossible without a portage.

Someone who is more familiar can confirm this. Lake Superior is 23 miles away and we saw lots of motorboats heading there.

One of the many beautiful features of this area is just the quiet of the place. You just hear birds, a little wind, and an occasional canoe-er. Amazing how far a voice can travel. I should have used more restraint when singing my dirty pirate songs.

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Old 09-08-2007, 11:38 AM   #19
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No outboard motors or chain saws either. It is designed to be very quiet with all the birdies singing and all. The only aircraft allowed to fly over it are the "Bush Pilots".
We stay at the Fall Lake Campground and that lake is half in and half out of the BWCA. There is a boat ramp there and you can use motors on that lake. Nice lake too. We use our canoe and since my wife is the worlds WORST paddler, we use an electric motor on the canoe.

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Old 09-10-2007, 08:29 AM   #20
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Fall Lake east of Ely is a nice campground with electric hookups. It is also inexpensive since it is a National Forest campground and if you are a senior you can get the half off rate.

Another campground to consider near the Boundary Waters is Bear Head State Park just west of Ely. It has electric hookups, a swimming beach and boat launch with canoe and kayak rentals. Bear Head Lake is not in the Boundary Waters but looks as if it could be.

Grand Marais City Campground is fine but gentrified. It is not a wilderness experience. If you want the ultimate (in my book) the Trails End National Forest campground at the very end of the Gunflint Trail (paved all the way) is one of my favorites. They have great non-electric sites that overlook the Boundary Waters. The sites do have water. There are two boat launches, nearby rental outfitters and the Trails End Cafe. Here is site 13 where we stayed that overlooks the Seagull River emptying into Gull Lake.



Here is the view.


The site was on the very edge of the recent Ham Lake forest fire in May. Despite that the beauty is outstanding in seeing how fast the forest comes back.


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Davydd, great photos--especially the tiny "greens" following the Hamm Lake fire. I agree about the GM Municipal Campground. It's for people unlikely to boondock or wilderness camp, but who enjoy the day trips into the wilderness country. I wish when we had first discovered this beautiful north wilderness country that we could have spent a year deep in the forest (a sabbatical for rejuvination and writing) or taken canoe trips into the BWCA. I can only imagine the wonder and awe of days and nights spent in that quiet water and pine world. Health issues kept us on "safer" ground, but the mind can dream. Thank goodness for those great writers of the Northwoods who let us journey vicariously through their books into the wilderness! ~G
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Old 09-10-2007, 11:12 AM   #22
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When we were in Grand Marais, we drove over to the city campground and decided that we would rather stay at a Motel 6 than have to stay at that campground. I suppose for a one night stop over that would be OK, but the sites were truely on top of each other and underwhelming. Being on the lake is nice, but not this way. We also found that the campground prices were very high, I think somewhere around $40.00 p/n.

Not our idea of camping, but I'm sure it's more convenient for some.

Davydd, thanks for sharing your photos.

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Old 09-10-2007, 04:09 PM   #23
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Grand Marais, Minnesota is one cool town with a lot of good restaurant choices. We've been up their twice this year and will probably go up again this month. This past weekend we were at Grand Marais, Michigan, a similar town with a protected harbor on Lake Superior but not quite as refined in the shopping and restaurant department and a bit smaller. They do have a municipal campground with over 100 sites that is a bit nicer than the Minnesota Grand Marais campground.
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I have really been enjoying this thread. I have read alot on the Boundary Waters and have really wanted to get out of the armchair and go. Have any of you been there in early October? I would expect the bugs to be gone and the air crispy. Am I right?

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Old 09-10-2007, 08:31 PM   #25
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Late October 2005

View and enjoy. We went up to the North Shore in late October after what was considered the peak in 2005 and we felt satisfied. Here are some of the photos up and down the North Shore from Judge Magney State Park up the Gunflint Trail and back down to Gooseberry Falls.

Judge Magney State Park


Magnetic Rock on the Gunflint Trail


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Birch Forest at Temperance River


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I own a 2001 Eurovan Weekender and am interested in pulling an Airstream with it. I did a search for "Eurovan" and came up with this thread. I am hoping you can help. Do you pull your Airstream with a Eurovan? Curious to know how many pounds and therefore what size of Airstream I should shop for.

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Old 11-02-2007, 11:00 AM   #28
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McAtee,

The 01 EV has a v6 2.8 engine. Towing with the Euro was not a choice, but a necessity since we owned that before the AS and could/cna't afford a heftier tow vehicle like my (dream) Toureg, or (yawn) Yukon.

I personally would not tow anything larger than what we have which is the 19'er, and proper hitch set-up & brake controller, pack light, go slow, anticipate stops, stay right.

As makes a 16 footer, but that was not available when we were looking, and it seems like our van would have almost as much room

Under the search function on these forums, search for "Eurovan" or "Towing with a Eurovan". I've written soem pretty lenghthy posts all about the Dub.

Interestingly, about a month ago, I went in for an oil and filter at the dealer and I had them recheck the brakes and pads. I was actually watching as he did this. The brake pads have 6 millimters left on them. I was told that when they are new, they are 12 millimters. I have about 50,000 miles on the van, and the past four years we've been pulling the AS.

I am really careful about braking. But do that search.

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