All Things BWCA Newsletter – September 2016

All Things BWCA Newsletter – September 2016

What’s Going on in the North Woods

  • bwca ely MinnesotaAround The Base
  • The Fishing Corner
  • The Scouter’s Scene
  • Looking for Photos
  • More Great Information

This newsletter is designed to help keep you current on the issues of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Quetico Provincial Park, to give you information on Williams and Hall Outfitters, and to share some of our knowledge and love of the outdoors and the wilderness around us. We hope you enjoy these articles and share them with your friends.

Around The Base

A Great Season!

At the start of May, Moose Lake wakes up from its very long and sleepy winter.  All the residents return from winter travels and the lake comes to life.  You hear the buzz of chainsaws clearing away winter tree falls, and leaf raking is the sport du jour.  All the projects that should have been done during the past season are starting.

Beginnings and Endings

With the ice going out in late April or early May comes the return of the loons and their loud announcement that they are back.  The first towboats are headed up the lake and the first fisherman heading out to see what they can find besides cold fingers.  Everyone is busy taking the wraps off their places to see what surprises the winter has brought.  It seems like September, and the end of the season are very far away.

Now all too soon, the season has come and gone.  We have seen May, June, July, and August flash by. We are all wishing that we had a few more days in the month.  Boats are pulled from the water, docks taken in, equipment cleaned, inventoried and put away, final yard work done.  The seasons pass by in a flash.  There is a kaleidoscope of faces that have passed down our steps and onto our docks and out into the Boundary Waters on their canoe trips.  They have returned wet, dry, hot, cold, tired, rejuvenated, but always with great stories of their adventures.


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We owe it all to you – our incredible guest adventurers.

It is the greatest thing in the world to be able to be a small part of these trips, and we want to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to all of you who have visited Williams and Hall this summer.  We want to especially thank those of you who were here during our power outages (a Northwood’s reality) for your patience and understanding.  We realize there are lots of choices out there and we are so glad you choose us.

Stay In Touch

Please catch up with us this winter at a sport show or Boundary Waters night near you (see the accompanying schedule).  These are great times to visit and plan your next excursion into this wild country.  We will do our best to continue to reach out to you through our blog and newsletters.  We will let you know of any changes in rules or regulations that come down the pike just as soon as we can.

Thanks to all of you who have shared photos of your trips with us.  Look for them in our gallery over the coming weeks.  If any of you that have not had time to share pictures of your trips, please send them, we would love to make them a part of our site.

Whenever you get the group together and start to think of next year’s visit let us know.  We are always open and look forward to getting you any information you may need to put together your trip.  We wish everyone a great “off-season.”  Thanks again from the crew at Williams and Hall.  See you soon!

Hats off to a GREAT Crew

Those of you who had the opportunity to visit us this summer noticed that we had some great folks working with us this year on our crew.  They went the extra mile to make sure that our guests were well taken care of and that our facility was well maintained.  Here is a special Thank You to them for their hard work.

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Thanks to:  Christie, Colleen, Nate, Alyce, Joey, Aubrey, Hannah, Preston, and Cody.  Your hard work is very much appreciated.  We wish you all the very  best.

We love you guys,   Kevin, Blayne, Charlene, and Dave

The Fishing Corner

Dave is on Vacation.

Dave is on a well-deserved vacation doing you know what…  He’ll be back next month with some great stories and tips.

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Fish On!

The Scouter’s Scene 

Scouters – Now is the time to start planning your 2017 Trip.

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If you are a seasoned scouter, or a Troop parent, assigned with the task of planning a high adventure trip, now is the time to get started.  At Williams and Hall we know scouts better than any other Boundary Waters Outfitter.  Give us a call and you will see why.  We have been helping Scouters plan high adventure trips for years.  We are experienced Scouters ourselves, so we understand the challenges of working with scouts and parents.

Save yourself some frustration and call us to help you. You will be glad you did.


We Looking For Your Photos

We would love to post photos of your trip in our Gallery on the website.  If you have a great shot that you would like to share, please email it to us at

Remember to Secure Your 2017 Permits for Boundary Waters  and Quetico Beginning in January.

Quetico Park permits are available no sooner than 5 months, to the day, ahead of the actual start date and Boundary Waters permits are available for application now. All BWCA permits became available first come, first serve in late January.

Remember…We are happy to secure your Canoe Country permits at no extra charge!

We will officially close at the end of the month.  Thank you for a great season of paddling!

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We look forward to helping you plan your 2017 Boundary Waters Paddling Adventure!

Paddle On.  Be Free.