I took a course back in 1965..Canoe Camping for College Credit and loved it. Our outfitter was Canadian Waters, and it was a 10 day trip along the S Kawishiwi River with a base camp on some island. I cannot believe that has been 47 years ago! What a great trip, co-ed with about 20-25 kids and 2 teachers from the local college.
I was fortunate enough to take canoeing as a college course, too. UW-LaCrosse required a number of Phy Ed credits as part of their curriculum and a one-month, one credit canoeing course was one of the options. We met twice a week and practiced on the LaCrosse river, then took a weekend trip to the Pike River near Amberg in northeastern Wisconsin, a river with a nice mix of flat water and Class 1 to Class 2+ rapids. We had a great time.
Incidentally, the instructor was Mike Kinziger who was a speaker at Canoecopia a couple years ago.
It's only a spot on the map... until you go there.
sounds nice! Thanks for the reply..I am hoping someone who was on the trip with me will respond..it would be great to hear from them..however we were from all over the country, and I know the chances are slim...I don't remember the instructors names and only remember the name of my canoe partner. I do know that the country is intrigueingly beautiful and I remember it like it was yesterday! hope to hear from more members. David
These types of opportunities are still offered at various institutions. For any of my advisees that are seeking this type of experience, I recommend this course that is taught by a friend and colleague:
"Said one of these men, long past seventy years of age: 'I could carry, paddle, walk and sing with any man I ever saw. I have been twenty-four years a canoe man, and forty-one years in service; no portage was ever too long for me. Fifty songs could I sing. I have saved the lives of ten voyageurs. Have had twelve wives and six running dogs. I spent all my money in pleasure. Were I young again, I should spend my life the same way over. There is no life so happy as a voyageur's life!'"
I took a five week course the summer of my junior year at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Field Station on Low Lake (near Ely). The station is now operated by COE College. The highlight of the course was a ten day trip through the Quetico.
I had a roommate in college that took a three credit BW/Q course on a whim and absolutely hated it for various rather understandable reasons. He swore I'd like it and took I his word for it. Hmmm, $169 for a three credit course and a key to the darkroom with free soup for the whole Summer? How bad could two weeks possibly be?
Took the same course again the next Spring as independent study for another three credits and a new key with free stuff and recycled the silver. Only looked back once. Learned my lessons well on that group leader thing somewhere along the line. Fire good!
They stopped offering the course for what I heard were liability issues but it could have been a lot of reasons. I'll always be grateful for the opportunity in any case.
I was one credit shy of meeting some English major requirement and was offered the opportunity to write a paper to fulfill it...so I wrote a "How to Organize a Canoe Trip" paper in enough detail to satisfy the requirement. If you read enough of my comments, you know I can go into detail...
I wish I'd had several courses thru my lifetime, and I know, I can still take them, but I wish I'd taken them "back then" when the timing was right. One, an art course. Another, a photography course with hands-on intsruction, not theory and chemistry. And three, a paddling techniques class.
If you are asking snackman...no I am not...haven't been since that 1965 trip...I am now 65 years old and want to come back up there very much! I would love nothing more than to retrace that exact trip...but don't know if Canadian Waters even has records of exactly where we went...all I remember is several portages and being on the S Kawishiwi River and camping on that good size island...lol which is not a big help, since there are thousands of those! Anyway, I never say never, but it will be a real challenge for me to set it all up, because I have no one else really interested in going. My kids have no interest in that kind of stuff. Their idea of camping is a 10 year old holiday Inn. so, I look at maps and read posts on here, and dream, but it is on my bucket list.
i envy you...my age is not the big factor...I am ingood shape, retired union cfarpenter, and have been blessed with good health...it's distance and finding someone here in NJ to go with me.I will keep looking and asking, and maybe next year it will happen for me. BTW...on my first trip I think it was the first week or two in september..i remember it being quite cool and the flies were so cool they were inactive until up in the day! How far in advance do you need to apply for camping permits? Or does the outfitter do that for you?