Duncan Storlie has pulled together some wonderful information for those of you who have an interest in canoeing the area where we are having our conference this year. This information can used to plan a canoeing activity either before or after the conference schedule which is Tuesday through Sunday. Feel comfortable to make extended arrangements with Camp DuNord if needed.
Our 2014 Conference is returning to the area in Northern Minnesota where it started 30 years ago! It’s at great Camp du Nord near Ely Minnesota, which is a well known town, where people come to begin canoe trips. This area provides access to what many consider the premier wilderness canoe tripping experience in the world, with entry points into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and, just across the Canadian border, into Quetico Provincial Park.
Also many agree that fall is the best time for a canoe trip (few bugs, leaves changing color and cool crisp weather). For these reasons we want to offer up the possibility of doing canoe trips starting before or after the conference! There are several scenarios; bring or meet up with family, friends, and conference participants, pre and post conference, to get out and paddle in the wilds. Solo trips are possible for more experienced paddlers and of course groups of two or more.
To this end, for those interested in pursuing this idea, we are listing three Ely Outfitters that have been recommended by the Camp du Nord staff:
Piragis Northwoods Company
These Outfitters can provide partial to full service; canoes and all equipment, food, route planning, permits for US and Canada, maps, shuttle service, fishing guides (people and/or books) etc., etc. So we encourage you to consider a pre or post conference canoe adventure! Any planning and canoe tripping arrangements need to be totally separate from the Minnesota Men’s Conference itself.