Like many Twin Cities residents, I enjoy taking advantage of all Minnesota has to offer related to the outdoors. One of the crown jewels that folks across Minneapolis and St. Paul love visiting is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
One BWCA area in particular seemed to attract many metro-area visitors due to its accessibility that made it easy for beginners. The Lake One entry point near Ely is one of the most popular points to enter the BWCA. It is the same area that was part of the third largest Minnesota forest fire in over a hundred years, and an area I have visited often.
On August 18, 2011, lightning struck near Pagami Creek near Lake One and a few weeks later exploded into a firestorm that consumed over 92,000 acres of the BWCA. We were on Lake One that day last year and exactly one year later we returned to see what the fire had done. What we found was an area that is even more interesting to visit than ever. The fire didn’t destroy the area, not even close. The spotty nature of the damage preserved a great deal of what we had enjoyed. And, where there was fire damage, new life is springing back. We were pleasantly surprised to see how many of our favorite campsites survived virtually untouched. Our photo gallery contains photos from our August 17-29, 2012 trip from Kawashiwi Lodge into Lake One to Lake Three where we camped. The photos are from Lake One, Lake Two, Lake Three and Lake Four and show how the entire area is recovering.
Here is the link to view our photo gallery. I hope you enjoy the tour and plan your next trip to the BWCA.