BWCA.com Gear Guide
Gear for the Boundary Waters, Quetico, and Canoe Camping Locations
Bug protection is a necessary consideration when visiting canoe country particularly from May through August. The general pests are ticks, black flies, and mosquitos. For ticks, many people spray their tents and outer clothing with permethrin and allow it to dry before the trip. Mosquitos are best repelled with deet, but there are other options such as picaridin and oils which are reported effective as well. A head net may be preferred by some as way to keep them off your face and head. The thermacell units are also good for creating a radius of protection while in camp or using the latrine. Make sure to buy extra butane cartridges and repellent pads.