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Wilderness Project #2 – Height of Land Portage Boardwalk


  • Gunflint Ranger Station 2020 West Highway 61 Grand Marais, MN, 55604 United States (map)
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Difficulty Rating: Moderate**

Ranger District: Gunflint

Project Description: Are you interested in a BWCA Wilderness experience but unable to commit to a 5-day trip? This is the project for you! Experience the Wilderness as a Northwoods volunteer over a long weekend. The Height of Land Portage is part of the historic route of indigenous people and the voyageurs along the border between Canada and the United States.

Volunteers will meet at the Gunflint Ranger Station for an orientation and divide up gear before carpooling up the Gunflint Trail to the entry point. The first day will be spent paddling and portaging from Mayhew Lake to South Lake to set up a base camp. On the second day, volunteers will construct the boardwalk and paddle out on the third day.

Meeting Location and Time: Gunflint Ranger Station August 10 @ 7:30 am

Fees: There is a $50 registration fee for all participants ($25 for students). This fee is refundable up to three weeks prior to the project.

RSVP: Space is limited to 5 volunteers (3 of 5 spots available). Fill out a registration form at the link below. Registration deadline - July 27.

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.