The Joy and Freedom of Self-Propulsion
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota, 2014
Motorized crafts are allowed on only 20 of the 1000+ lakes in the Boundary Waters. The lack of relative speed in traversing those 980+ lakes is more than compensated for by the pristine water, abundance of wildlife, solitude, and peace. Here, Matt Hanson paddles solo at the start of our toughest but most rewarding day: eight lakes, 700+ rods of portaging, and, the best part, eight moose: three bulls, a cow with one calf, and a cow with two calves. Photo © copyright by Greg Owens.