Rockwood Canoe Routes
Rockwood Canoe Routes are just a few of the possible canoe trips with varying degrees of difficulty and amount of time for completion. We will help you route your trip according to your personal needs and desires. Or, if you know exactly where you’re headed, we’ll just help you get there. Most of these can be reversed.
Listed below are some of the routes we use, along with descriptions of time needed to complete and degree of difficulty. Visit www.bwca.com for campsite ratings by other BWCAW visitors, and www.paddleplanner.com for help figuring out how long each leg will take.
|Route||Entry Point (EP)||Entry Lake||Days||Difficulty|
|1||49 – Skipper||Poplar||2||Moderate|
|2||47 – Lizz||Poplar||3||Easy|
|2a||48 – Meeds||Poplar||3||Easy|
|3||47 – Lizz or 48 Meeds||Poplar||5||Moderate|
|4||49 – Skipper||Poplar||7||Rugged|
|5||50 – Cross Bay||Cross River||4||Moderate|
|6||60 – Duncan||West Bearskin||4||Moderate|
|7||44 – Ram||Ram||3||Moderate|
|7a||45 – Morgan||Morgan||2||Easy|
|8||43 – Bower Trout||Bower Trout||7||Moderate|
|9||64 – E.Bearskin to Pine||East Bearskin||3||Moderate|
|10||64 – E.Bearskin to McFarland||East Bearskin||5||Moderate|
Route 1 Skipper to Banadad
Start at Poplar, go to EP 49 Skipper, Rush, Banadad, and return. Great walleye and northern pike fishing. Very scenic and remote. Two days average. Moderately difficult. View route on Paddle Planner. Loop South to Long Island, Omega and back to Poplar via Lizz (minimum 4 days): https://tinyurl.com/ydnbee6r
Route 2 Poplar to Horseshoe
Start at Poplar, go through EP 47 Lizz to Caribou, Horseshoe, Vista, and return. Super walleye and northern fishing. Beautiful country and short portages. Three to four days average. Easy. View route on Paddle Planner. Works as well using EP 48 Meeds.
ROUTE 2A: Vista via Meeds – Start at Poplar, go through Meeds to Caribou, Horseshoe, Vista, and return via Lizz. Super walleye and northern fishing. Beautiful country and short (after the first mile long one) portages. Three to four days average. Easy. – View route on Paddle Planner.
Route 3 Poplar Winchell Loop
Start at Poplar, through EP 47 Lizz, Caribou, Horseshoe, Gaskin, Winchell, north to Omega, Henson, Pillsbery, Meeds, and back through Caribou, Lizz, returning to Poplar. Winchell has a small hidden waterfall on the southern shore. Excellent walleye, northern, and trout fishing. Very scenic and remote with thirteen portages. Five to seven days average. Moderately difficult. View route on Paddle Planner. Works as well with EP 48 Meeds.
Route 4 Poplar Brule Loop
Start at Poplar, EP 49 Skipper, Rush, Banadad, Ross, Cave, Long Island, south to Gordon, Cherokee, Temperance Lakes, Brule, Cone Lakes, Cliff, Wanihigan, Winchell, Gaskin, Horseshoe, Caribou, Lizz and back to Poplar. Excellent walleye, northern and trout fishing. Winchell has a small hidden waterfall on the southern shore. Beautiful and very remote trip with twenty-seven portages, three are long ones. Seven days average. Rugged. View route on Paddle Planner.
Route 5 Cross Bay to Poplar
Three variations on this route: middle, North and South.
Article written by one of our guests about a variation on this route: INTO THE BWCA by James Michael. They did this route in 2.5 days!
If you can’t get Cross Bay EP 50 because they are unavailable, start at Missing Link EP 51 instead. Map: http://tinyurl.com/y6m7np9k
Middle Route – Gaby and Werner: We call it the Cross Bay – middle Gaby and Werner route: Cross Bay EP 50, no-name, Ham, Cross Bay, Rib
, Lower George , Karl, Long Island, Muskeg, Kiskadinna, Omega, Winchell, Gaskin, Horseshoe, Caribou, Lizz and back to Rockwood Lodge on Poplar. Four to Seven days. Route on paddleplanner.
Route 6 Duncan Stairway Portage
Scenic route that includes the Stairway Portage and Rose Lake. Start at EP 60 on West Bearskin Lake, to Duncan, Rose, Rat, South, North, Little Gunflint and finishing at Gunflint. Includes the famous Stairway Portage and is part of the Voyager Highway route along the Canadian border. Seven portages. Four to seven days average. Moderately Difficult.
Route 7 Ram to Poplar
This trip starts at EP 44 Ram Lake to Kroft, Rum, Little Trout, Misquah, and Vista, continuing through Horseshoe, Caribou, Lizz and back to our dock at Poplar Lake. This remote trip goes through scenic Misquah hills and offers many opportunities for side trips. Three days average. Moderately Difficult.
Route 7a Morgan to Poplar
This trip starts at EP 45 Morgan Lake to Jake and Vista, continuing through Horseshoe, Caribou, Lizz and back to our dock at Poplar Lake. This trip offers many opportunities for side trips. Two days average. Easy. Mile long portage that starts on the Lima Grade forest road.
Route 8 Bower Trout
Bower Trout to Poplar. Start at EP 43 Bower Trout, go through Marshall, Dugout, and Skidway, on to Swan and Vernon, continuing to Brule Lake; Through the Cones, Cliff, Wanihigan, Winchell, Gaskin, Horseshoe, Caribou, and Lizz, returning to Poplar. Twenty-two lakes, remote with good fishing and wildlife. Seven to ten days. Rugged. Side trips to Omega, Henson, Pillsbery, Allen.
An alternate is just to start and end at Bower Trout, go in Swan or Brule and come back out. Two to three days, moderate.
Route 9 East Bearskin to Pine
Start at EP 64 East Bearskin, travel east on a circular trip to Alder, Canoe, Pine, and returning through Little Caribou, Caribou, Deer, and Moon, ending at East Bearskin. Excellent bass, walleye and northern fishing. Three to five days average. Moderately Easy.
Route 10 East Bearskin to McFarland
East Bearskin to McFarland Loop. Start at EP 64 East Bearskin, through Alder, Canoe, Pine, McFarland, Little John, and John, back through East and West Pike to Clearwater, Caribou, Deer and Moon returning to East Bearskin. Good fishing, very scenic! Five to seven days average. Moderately Difficult.