BWCA.com Gear Guide

Gear for the Boundary Waters, Quetico, and Canoe Camping Locations

Popular Links: stoves | portage packs | tents | tarps | paddles

Gear

Selecting the right outdoor gear for a boundary waters trip is an essential part of the planning process. Gear selection should depend on durability, weight, size, group size, and other personal preferrance factors. Use this guide as a starting point for adding to your gear collection.

  Featured
Packs

Packs

The right packs are important to a enjoyable Boundary Waters experience. Traditional hiking backpacks don't work well for canoe travel. Keep moving on the portages trails with time tested traditional and high tech portage packs. View Category Details
Paddles

Paddles

A long day of paddling makes one appreciate a paddle of good quality and fit. View Category Details
Canoes

Canoes

There are a variety of canoe companies and designs which support the family trips, deep woods travelers, or soloists bound for the BWCA. View Category Details
Camping Gear

Camping Gear

Your guide to the essential camping gear for Boundary Waters adventures. View Category Details
Camp Cooking

Camp Cooking

Whether you are cooking for a large group or keeping it light for a backpacking trip, we have cooking gear in our guide for you. View Category Details
Bug Protection

Bug Protection

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. View Category Details
Navigation And Maps

Navigation And Maps

Don't get lost in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area by not having the right navigation tools on hand. Make sure to have a compass and know how to use it. Also a GPS can be used for an additional navigation guide and for marking and finding special spots. View Category Details
Clothing And Footwear

Clothing And Footwear

The right clothing and footwear for your trip can help improve your trip experience. View Category Details