Aug
12
to Aug 16

Wilderness Project #3 - Ramshead Lake Area Portage Clearing

  • LaCroix Ranger Station (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Difficulty Rating: Moderate**

Ranger District: LaCroix

Project Description: Bring your fishing rod - Ramshead Lake is known for its northern pike! Volunteers will travel by canoe from the Moose/Portage River (north) entry point to Ramshead Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. During the day, volunteers will work together to clear portages in the area. The group will camp on Ramshead Lake with the option of moving to Nina Moose Lake on the final night for a quicker trip to the entry point on the last day.

Meeting Location and Time: LaCroix Ranger Station 8/12 @ 8:00 am

Fees: There is a $50 registration fee for all participants. This fee is refundable up to three weeks prior to the project.

RSVP: Fill out an interest form here.

More Details: The Northwoods Volunteer Connection provides some equipment for this project, see the Resources tab for more details including packing lists. Volunteers will be reimbursed $25 per day for the cost of food. Individuals may choose to bring their own food or to order food for the trip through a local outfitter. 

**Please note that canoe experience is preferred for this project.

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Jul
22
9:30am 9:30am

Isabella Invasive Plant Removal

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Help remove an invasive plant from the Isabella area and encourage native pollinators!

Spotted knapweed, a non-native, invasive plant, is growing in a meadow that was once home to an Environmental Learning Center (ELC) in Isabella. This is an area where Northwoods volunteers worked last year as well. Native species were seeded at this site in the fall with the goal of encouraging native pollinators and to keep non-native plants from growing in the area. On-going invasive species control efforts will help native species to establish and thrive. Volunteers will remove spotted knapweed by hand pulling and using digging tools.

The Northwoods Volunteer Connection will provide the gloves and tools volunteers will need. Cold beverages and snacks will be provided but volunteers should bring a lunch and a water bottle. Volunteers should wear long pants, a long sleeve shirt and socks and shoes.

All ages are welcome, however, children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or complete the necessary paperwork before volunteering.

Difficulty Rating: Easy

Map to Isabella ELC

Map to Isabella ELC

Directions: From HWY 61 - Travel 28 miles on HWY 1, turn right onto County Rd. 702  (Mitawan Lake Road) at the Knotted Pine. After 0.7 miles, turn left to the old Isabella ELC, Fire Number 10007. 

From Ely - Travel approximately 30 miles on HWY 1 toward Isabella, turn left onto County Rd. 702 (Mitawan Lake Road) at the Knotted Pine. After 0.7 miles, turn left to the old Isabella ELC, Fire Number 10007.

If you find yourself at the Flathorn Lake Picnic Area you've gone too far!

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Jul
12
to Jul 16

Wilderness Project #2 - Granite River Portage Repair

  • Gunflint Ranger Station (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Difficulty Rating: Moderate**

Ranger District: Gunflint

Project Description: Travel the historic Granite River Route along the Canadian border, originally used by voyageurs and fur traders! This group will travel up the Gunflint Trail to put in on Larch Creek and paddle to camp on Clove Lake. Each day, volunteers will travel to the Swamp Portage on the Granite River and work alongside Superior National Forest staff to repair a boardwalk and install waterbars made of rocks or logs to improve the drainage of the trail. These efforts help create a positive experience for Wilderness visitors in addition to preventing sedimentation in the beautiful streams and lakes of the area.

Meeting Location and Time: Gunflint Ranger Station 7/12 @ 8:00 am

Fees: There is a $50 registration fee for all participants. This fee is refundable up to three weeks prior to the project.

RSVP: Space is limited to 7 volunteers (4 of 7 spots available). Fill out an interest form here. Registration deadline - June 25th.

More Details: The Northwoods Volunteer Connection provides some equipment for this project, see the Resources tab for more details including packing lists. Volunteers will be reimbursed $25 per day for the cost of food. Individuals may choose to bring their own food or to order food for the trip through a local outfitter. 

**Please note that canoe experience is preferred for this project.

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Jul
1
8:00am 8:00am

Poplar to Lizz Portage Boardwalk Installation

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Difficulty Rating: Easy to Moderate

Ranger District: Gunflint

Project Description: Are you interested in volunteer stewardship but unable to commit to a week-long project? Unsure about a multi-day trip in the Wilderness? This is the perfect opportunity for you - get a taste of adventure as a Northwoods volunteer in a single Saturday! Paddle across Poplar Lake to the Lizz Lake portage. Volunteers will spend the day working alongside a Forest Service Wilderness Ranger building a boardwalk on a portion of the trail. This project includes a 30 minute canoe ride across the lake and a short, 5-minute hike to the project area.

Meeting Location and Time: Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters @ 8:00 am

RSVP: Space is limited! Fill out a registration form here. Registration deadline - June 28th.

More Details: The Northwoods Volunteer Connection will provide all of the tools and equipment needed for this project. Volunteers should wear waterproof, closed-toed shoes (rubber boots are preferred), long pants and bring a long-sleeve shirt. Volunteers should also bring plenty of water.

UPDATE - We will now be providing lunch to participants in this project. Please indicate if you have any dietary restrictions at the time of registration.

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Jun
24
9:00am 9:00am

Adopt Bass Lake Trail - Inaugural Clearing Event

THE NORTHWOODS VOLUNTEER CONNECTION IS ADOPTING THE BASS LAKE TRAIL AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TO KEEP IT CLEAN AND CLEAR!

Bring a friend or the whole family and stop by the trail on Saturday, June 24th for our inaugural clearing event! Coffee and treats will be provided for those who arrive at 9 am. Stop by the trailhead any time during the day to lend a hand, we will be waiting to put you to work. Hiking a beautiful trail and admiring waterfalls, all while giving something back? Not a bad way to spend a Saturday!

What to bring: Closed-toed shoes, a long-sleeve shirt, water and a lunch.

As the new adopters of Bass Lake Trail, the Northwoods Volunteer Connection will be hosting on-going clearing events and other maintenance projects to keep this popular trail in good order. Check back for more Bass Lake Trail events later in the year!

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Jun
19
to Jun 23

Wilderness Project #1 - Angleworm Hiking Trail Clearing

  • Kawishiwi Ranger Station (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Ranger District: Kawishiwi

Project Description: Travel into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on foot! The Angleworm Hiking Trail is a 13.5-mile loop around Angleworm Lake. This trip will allow volunteers to take in the beautiful views from the plentiful overlooks and take advantage of wildlife viewing opportunities while giving something back. Days will be spent working alongside Forest Service staff, clearing small trees and brush to ensure the trail remains open to hikers. Volunteers will backpack into the Wilderness to camp at one of the sites on the hiking trail, at least 2 miles.

Meeting Location and Time: Kawishiwi Ranger Station 6/19 @ 8:00 am

Fees: There is a $50 registration fee for all participants. This fee is refundable up to three weeks prior to the project.

RSVP: Space limited to 8 volunteers. Fill out an interest form here.

More Details: The Northwoods Volunteer Connection provides all of the the tools and some of the equipment needed for this project, see the Resources tab for more details including packing lists. Volunteers will be reimbursed $25 per day for the cost of food. Individuals may choose to bring their own food or to order food for the trip through a local outfitter. 

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