In an effort to increase understanding and appreciation of Superior National Forest's roadless areas, the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness has announced a series of six free hikes to be led by expert guides this summer.
All hikes are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. To sign-up and obtain the meeting location for each hike, contact Sarah Strommen of the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness at (612) 332-9630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 16 Baldpate Lake. Forest ecologist and Friends' Board Member Lee Frelich will lead a July 16 hike through the Baldpate Lake area. Frelich has studied the forests of the Boundary Waters region for more than 20 years, and his masterful knowledge of the forest makes his tours truly extraordinary.
July 23 - Wolf Lake. Grassroots organizer and Lake Vermilion homeowner Doug Wallace will lead a July 23 hike through the Wolf Lake area, which is just north of Lake Vermilion and is popular with hunters, anglers, and hikers.
Aug. 12 - Meander Lake. Bill Tefft, a respected birder and recreation professor at Vermilion Community College in Ely, will lead an Aug. 12 hike in the Meander Lake area, which is north of the Echo Trail. The area is dotted with spruce and poplar trees, most of which are 40-feet or taller.
Aug. 13 - Urho Creek. Andy Holdsworth, a PhD student in the Conservation Biology Dept. at the University of Minnesota will lead an Aug. 13 hike in the Urho Creek area, which is south of the Echo Trail and adjacent to the BWCAW. The area features extensive mature jack pine, which is of high value to several species, including the Canada lynx.
Sept. 10 - Big Lake/Portage River. Don Johnson, president of the Listening Point Foundation and anthropology professor at Vermilion Community College in Ely, will lead a Sept. 10 hike in the Big Lake/Portage River area, which is adjacent to the Trout Lake unit of the BWCAW. Land near the river is swampy and attracts many moose.
Sept. - Agassa Lake. Arctic explorer, author, and Ely resident Paul Schurke will lead a September hike in the Agassa Lake area. The area features 72-acre Agassa Lake and frequent wolf sightings. Date to be announced.
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