Saturday June 9th

Show Opens at 9:00am


Birding in the Boundary Waters – presented by Sue Plankis

For five years Sue has led extraordinary canoe camping birding seminars in the Boundary Waters. This will be an early morning walking field trip in search of the many breeding species of birds native to the Boundary Waters. Her keen ear, uncanny spotting ability and knowledge of bird habitats will lift a curtain for participants to the bird world of the Boundary Waters. If possible, participants should bring binoculars. limited to 12 adults.


Bruce Kerfoot:

Gunflint Trail History


No One Paddles The Thoa - by Bear Paulsen

That’s what friend Rob Kesselring said - research confirmed Rob was correct. A first descent in the 1970s has been followed by a handful trips down it. The Thoa River runs west, eventually to Great Slave Lake through the southern Northwest Territories. Bear paddled solo for 18 days starting at the headwaters and ending before Great Slave. He found a beautiful river full of moose, whitewater and abundant beaches. He spent his final night in a jail!


Camping's Top Secrets - Cliff Jacobson

This whirlwind seminar focuses on camping tricks that only the experts know—practical things you won’t find in ordinary camping books or videos. Learn how to inexpensively waterproof your sleeping bag; sleep comfortably on a bad site; make a one match fire in the rain*; painlessly remove an embedded fish-hook; stay dry in rain while wearing ultra-light rain clothes; purify silty water; waterproof and pack your gear so it will stay dry in rain or a capsize and more! Based on Cliff’s book, Camping’s Top Secrets, 25th Anniversary Edition.


Dead Fish Polo

Join on the beach for a rousing game of dead fish polo.  Dead Fish Polo is a game where competitors try to  throw a wet sponge (the fish) into each others canoes using their paddles.


When Mishaps Happen: Wilderness First Aid Tips & Techniques – presented by Paul and Kelly Dahl

What happens when your long anticipated wilderness trip goes wrong with an injury or illness? In this presentation, we will explore some of the common mishaps that occur out on the trail and how to approach such issues in the wilderness setting. Simple tips that can either help prevent or decrease the chance of making a medical issue worse will be covered. We will also discuss wilderness first aid kit items and demonstrate essential first aid techniques.


Meet the District Ranger - Michael Crotteau USFS Gunflint District Ranger


Panel of Experts

Take part in a moderated discussion with our panel of experts.  Featuring Cliff Jacobson, Rob Kesselring, Bear Paulsen, and local experts Kelly Dahl and Mike Bartz.


Tarpology 101 - Dan Cooke

Does your rain-fly flap in the wind? Have you ever wanted to leave the tent behind and sleep in a tarp shelter?

Dan Cooke, of Cooke Custom Sewing, will show a variety of ways you can utilize a tarp to better enjoy your wilderness adventure.

He'll demonstrate various rigging methods, suggest some creative ideas to common challenges and show the best knots for setting up a storm-proof shelter.


Photographing the Night Sky - Travis Novitsky


Canoe Camping in the Boundary Waters - skills routes and tips - by Rob Kesselring



Cliff Jacobson will start our bonfire and lead an informal discussion about canoeing, camping and the outdoors.


Show starts at 10am



Paddling Demonstration - Sue Plankis & Dan Cooke

Sue and Dan will perform an on-the-water demonstration of freestyle canoeing. Canadian Style and American Freestyle canoeing are forms of paddling that, through a variety of paddle strokes, create astonishing canoe dances on the water.


Bannock — the bread of the backcountry - Rob Kesselring

A hands-on outside demonstration of how to make bannock in the bush. Rob learned how to make bannock when he lived with the Dene first nation people of the far north. Participants will learn how to make it and will taste it. Learn why bannock is the difference between visiting the bush and living in the bush. Cliff Jacobson claims Rob’s bannock is simply the best.


Build your own BWCA canoe – presented by St. Croix Canoes

Have you ever wanted to build a cedar-strip canoe? Don’t know how to get started? Worried that it’s too hard? Visit with the guys from St. Croix Canoes. We will share tips, tricks, and some lessons learned. See the various methods described in the well-known “how-to” books on canoe building. You can see some of the tools and techniques to give you the confidence to build it yourself.


Canoeing the Boundary Style! - Cliff Jacobson

If you’ve ever been to the Boundary Waters and competed for campsites on a popular lake, fussed with fire on a rainy day, slept in a wet tent or been bugged by bugs, bears or rodents, this fast-paced session is for you. You’ll learn how to get away from the crowd, choose essential gear, and stay dry when it rains all day. We’ll check out equipment that works, and that which doesn’t. Included is a brief description of the UTM (Universal Trans Mercator) system of navigation, and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area maps that utilize this system. Also, recommendations for tripping with teenagers. Based on Cliff’s book, Boundary Waters Canoe Camping, 3rd Edition.