BWCA Day – Duluth

Bagley Nature Center, UMD Campus

People paddling on a lake. Text reads "BWCA Day - Bagley Nature Center - Duluth - July 13, 4-7pm"

July 13, 4-7pm
Bagley Nature Center – Duluth
UMD Campus (1325 Junction Ave)

Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness welcomes families in Duluth area to experience the adventures of the Boundary Waters at this FREE event at Bagley Nature Area on the UMD Campus.

Through our partnership with Duluth Parks and Recreation and UMD Recreation and Sports Outdoor Program, families can try out BWCA activities like paddling, portaging, fire-building, and using a map and compass. Canoeing spots are limited – reserve your spot with the link below.

Note: You will have to create a free account to register.

Check out some of the activities offered at BWCA Day!

Girls paddling a kevlar canoe in the BWCA


Canoeing is the most common way people travel through the Boundary Waters. Without motors or roads, visitors to the Boundary Waters can paddle on quiet waters. Explore this type of travel at Fish Lake, where staff will provide all equipment and instruction to try out canoeing.

A woman making a fire in a ring

Camping Skills

What happens when you are in the wilderness and it starts to rain? What makes it easier to build a fire? Learn about fire-building, knot tying, and take the tarp challenge at the campsite skills station!

Portaging a Canoe in the BWCA


“Portaging” comes from a French word meaning, “to carry.” Visitors to the Boundary Waters can go from lake to lake by carrying their gear along u0022portage trails.u0022 Yes, this means carrying a CANOE! Try your hand at portaging and work together to transport a canoe over land.

Compass and a map

Map and Compass

Learn how to navigate wilderness areas like the BWCA using a map and compass.