Project Description: Volunteers will help maintain portions of the Kekekabic Trail (the “Kek”) within the Superior National Forest’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. This trail has been greatly impacted by the 1999 blowdown and resulting wildfires which have led to very overgrown trail conditions. We will be canoeing into the basecamp with several portages along the way. The work will entail using a variety of hand tools to clear downfalls and brush to re-open a trail corridor along a portion of the Kek’s hard to access interior.
Hosting Organization: North Country Trail Association
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Paddling 15 Miles to Basecamp (Day Hiking Up to 4 Miles Per Day)
Work Level: Strenuous
Minimum Age: 18
Area and Attractions: The 1.3 million acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is a stunningly beautiful Wilderness Area located in the northeastern tip of Minnesota. It is a landscape made up of equal amounts of water (lakes) and land (covered by boreal forest). Here, the bedrock of Laurentian Shield rises out of the ground forming low rounded hills with lakes in between. The Kekekabic Trail passes by many lakes along the stretch that volunteers will be working on. Most of this area was affected by the 2006 Cavity Lake Fire so sweeping landscape views are frequent. Volunteers will explore nearby lakes by canoe during the off-day activity.
Accommodations: Primitive Tent Sites
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will be staying in primitive tent sites. All Boundary Waters campsites include a fire grate and latrine. Showers available at end of trip. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, pad, cup/bowl, eating utensils, and personal items including a large dry bag (or backpack) to leave at basecamp and a smaller daypack to carry personal protective equipment, food, and water to the worksite each day.
Climate Information: High temperatures in May will range from the 40's to the 70's. Low temperatures will range from the 20's to the 40's. Rain is likely during this month as well. The lakes will be too cold for swimming.
Travel Information: Airport pickup will be provided from Duluth International Airport.
Maximum # of Volunteers: 7