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 1 Skipper to Banadad
Start at Poplar, go to 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 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.
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 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.
Route 4 Poplar Brule Loop
Start at Poplar, 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.
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, 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.