Laketrails Base Camp

Wilderness canoeing adventures…

Laketrails Base Camp has been providing wilderness canoeing and camping adventures for teens and middle school youth since 1952.  The heart of our program includes a canoe trip through the Canadian waters of Lake of the Woods.  Challenge yourself in the great outdoors while building friendships that last a lifetime.  Join us at Laketrails for an adventure you’ll never forget!

2014 Summer Programs

  • Teen Wilderness Canoeing
  • Middle School Session*
  • Adult Canoe Trip

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What’s happening at Laketrails

The Jewels of Summer

April 21, 2014 

Adapted Naturalist/Educator at the Cable Natural History Museum from  article by Emily Stone, Bitter winds blow across a frozen landscape, but under the ice hide the jewels of summer. Even during an Arctic cold snap, many quick-flowing and spring-fed rivers and streams maintain an open channel of current. This meandering passage often follows the deepest channel of the riverbed, usually with the swiftest flow. The input of relatively warm groundwater may help prevent ice formation, as does the constant churning of molecules. Even the still waters of lakes and ponds remain liquid below, insulated by the layer of less-dense ice […]

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Favorite Laketrail Memories

April 7, 2014 

One of my favorite Laketrails memories involves a particular paddle back to Base Camp.  We had taken a fairly long trip with our guides, Mike “Lucky” LaCoursiere and Harv, and so had to paddle many miles each day to get back to Base Camp on time.  As luck would have it we encountered high winds, and even with the shelter of the islands simply couldn’t safely paddle during the day.  We had run out of time and still found ourselves well north of camp. The gods were smiling on us though, and as the sun was setting, the winds died […]

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What always amazed me about Laketrails campers

March 25, 2014 

What always amazed me about Laketrails campers was their amazing morale and general good mood no matter what situation was presented.  On a trip to the infamous Mason and Reid lakes my co-guide and I got disoriented, and after many questions about where we were, we determined we were, in fact, just plain lost. The trip had started out great because we had found a beautifully “paved” trail into Reid Lake.  However, we chose to bog our way out of Mason Lake back into Monument Bay.  After bogging and portaging for hours, we at last realized we needed to consult […]

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