Northwoods Adventure Canoe Trip

Let’s go canoeing.

Eat, sleep, paddle! Experience serene beauty and the joys of new friends as you paddle, cook over the fire, and sleep under the stars.

Campers start the week at Tanadoona preparing our meals with two certified Northwoods Specialists. Next, we hit the road heading north toward Camp Fire’s other camp, Camp Bluewater, just past Grand Rapids, MN, where we meet up with additional campers from the North and together map out our journey ahead. After one night in Bluewater Lodge, we embark on a four-day trip canoeing and portaging through the Wabana Chain of Lakes and tent camping at established Forest Service campsites within the Chippewa National Forest. By the time we return to Camp Bluewater on Thursday afternoon, each and every camper feels a great sense of pride in themselves and the group, as well as excitement for a real shower!

Up at Camp Bluewater, the lake is a little bit clearer, the stars are a little bit brighter and the adventure is just right.

Only the best of the best counselors lead our Northwoods Adventure Trips. They each hold CPR, lifeguard, and Wilderness First Aid certifications.

Campers must have experience canoeing and be comfortable in the water. Space is limited to 10 campers per trip.

Photos from Northwoods Adventure Trips

Sunday – Friday | Ages: 12-17

“My favorite part is everyone can come together and express themselves.”

“We’ve only known each other a few days but we already feel like family.”
Andrew, 12 years old, Northwoods Adventure Canoe Trip camper


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Check-in at Tanadoona 2-2:30pm
Travel to Camp Bluewater, enjoy team-building activities, plan our trip route and stay at Bluewater Lodge
Monday Pack gear and food, swim and tip tests, canoe lesson and set out on our trip
Monday afternoon – Thursday afternoon Paddle, set and take down camps, character development activities, get to know one another, swim, play canoe games, cook and clean up meals, and enjoy the sunsets
Thursday Return to Bluewater around 2:00 pm, unpack canoes, play games and celebrate the trip at our closing campfire. Stay at Bluewater Lodge


Pack gear, trip reflection, group photo, travel to Tanadoona
Closing Ceremony at 4:15pm
Check-out at Tanadoona by 5:15pm


37508 Bluewater Rd, Grand Rapids, MN 55744

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