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BWCAW Reading List : Hungry Jack Outfitters

BWCAW Reading List

There are many books about canoe country at your local library. Here are some we find useful and entertaining.

Camping How-To

  • Canoe Country Camping by Michael Furtman
    This is the only how-to book we would endorse for Boundary Waters camping.

History

  • The Boundary Waters Wilderness Ecosystem by Miron Heinselman
    A fascinating work on the natural history of the area, primarily focused on fire-based ecology. Highly recommended.
  • Our Historic Boundary Waters by Duane R. Lund
    A good history of the area from the first white explorers to present.
  • Saving Quetico-Superior: A Land Set Apart by R. Newell Searle
    An exhaustive study of the political and legal history of the border country.
  • The Voyageur’s Highway by Grace Lee Nute
    Originally printed in 1941. A good history of the different people who inhabited and used the area through the early part of this century.
  • Up Country by William Joseph Seno
    Actual journal entries and writings from some of the early explorers of the north country.

Plants and Animals

  • The Sierra Club Naturalist’s Guide to the North Woods by Daniel and Sullivan
    A good all-around guide to natural history, plants, animals, and geology. Our favorite book on the area.
  • Canoe Country Wildlife by Mark Stensaas
    Everything you ever wanted to know about the reproductive cycle of the leech, and much more! Black-and-white illustrations.
  • Canoe Country Flora by Mark Stensaas
    Great information about the plants of canoe country. Illustrations are B&W, so it is not good as a field guide.
  • Plants of the Quetico and Ontario Shield by Shan Walshe
    Currently out of print. The best field guide for plants in the area.
  • Tom Brown’s Guide to Tracking and Nature Observation by Tom Brown
    A great book about learning to “be” in the woods and learn from them.
  • Wildflowers of the Boundary Waters: Hiking through the Seasons by Betty Vos Hemstad
    Great photos of bud, flower and seed stages of over 100 flowers found in the Boundary Waters.

Peterson field guides

  • A Field Guide to Wildflowers
    Good for identification but not much information.
  • A Field Guide to Birds, Eastern edition
    A basic bird identifier.
  • A Field Guide to Animal Tracks
    Sometimes the best way to identify your neighbors in the woods. Also identifies scat and droppings of woodland animals.

Nature Writing and Photography

  • The Singing Wilderness (and other titles) by Sigurd Olson
    The best works I have found.
  • Canoe Country by F.L. Jaques
    The story of a trip done the old way. Stunning illustrations.
  • Woman of the Boundary Waters by Justine Kerfoot
    The life story of an area pioneer.
  • Challenge of the Wilderness by Calvin Rostrum
    In the same style as Olson but more down-to-earth.
  • The Wild Neighborhood by John Henricksson
    Short stories about our neighborhood’s “wild” inhabitants.
  • Chased by the Light by Jim Brandenburg
    Awe-inspiring photography of the area.
  • Gunflint Territory by Jay Steinke
    Excellent photos of the Gunflint Trail area. Many are here on our Web site.
  • Wildflowers of the Boundary Waters: Hiking through the Seasons by Betty Vos Hemstad
    Great photos of bud, flower and seed stages of over 100 flowers found in the Boundary Waters.
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