13 Campers, 3 Staff, 6 Nights, 30 Miles Canoeing the River
The river changes people, you won’t come back the same!
Unplugging and being immersed in God’s creation for 6 nights with only the sound of the river and wildlife is an experience in itself. Add-in a community of campers and staff to share conversation and guide the group through God’s Word. It’s an unforgettable and impactful week!
Summer Canoe Trips
Two options to journey the river with us! June 15 – 21 OR June 29 – July 5, 2024
13 spots available; co-ed
For students entering 9th-12th grade
Prepare for your Journey – Read our Prep Guide
First time on a Fort Journey?
We’ve got you covered.
Voyageurs National Park is hundreds of miles of pristine lakes, untouched boreal forests, and seemingly endless islands dotting the landscape in Northwestern Minnesota. With picturesque sunsets and unique wildlife encounters it’s ideal for a genuine wilderness experience and connection to God through creation.
Campers will meet at Fort Wilderness for check-in and then head to the Lab site for a day of gear-prep, gear training, and team building.
All belongings and gear will be transported via canoe and each night we will set up camp at primitive sites along the river.
All meals will be prepared and served by Fort Staff – dehydrated food has never tasted so good! Plus, one special Fort signature meal prepared at the campsite.
Staff will guide the trip with both adventure and outfitting skills but also relationally as they lead conversations and daily devotions.
The Journey is sure to challenge campers physically and spiritually.
What equipment does Fort provide?
Fort provides canoes, paddles, and life jackets as well as all necessary equipment such as tents and packs. Your personal belongings and required items can be found on the Prep Guide.
Is canoeing experience required?
No experience required! We will take a practice paddle on the first day to teach basic paddling skills and help you feel comfortable once we hit the river.
Once on the river, expect to paddle between for up to 6 hours per day. Paddling can be tiring at times, but we do our best to accommodate everyone and meet you where you’re at.
Can I bring my phone?
This is an unplugged adventure! No phones allowed. (Trip leaders have phones for emergency purposes.)
What are the sleeping arrangements?
We have high-quality four-person tents that two-four people share. Tents are separated by gender.
What about bathrooms and showers?
Pit/vault toilets will be provided at all campsites we stay at. Showers will be available upon returning to camp the night before pick up. Be sure to review the Prep Guide for best practices.
How are health issues handled on the river?
A trained and certified Emergency Medical Responder will travel with each trip. We will work with special conditions, allergies, or concerns on a case-by-case basis. Filling out the health form accurately and completely at registration is important so that we can serve you well.
Fort Wilderness desires that camp be available to all people, regardless of finances. Don’t miss out on camp. Learn more and apply: financial assistance
Food Allergy Note
For any food allergy, we want to help. The nature of the trip allows some flexibility with food – Please email at the same time of registration to be sure we can accommodate your needs. Contact the Adventure Program Manager, Gunnar Koehn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Basic Camp Schedule
|Opening Day||Arrive at camp! 11:00am|
Meet your leaders and campmates
Prepare for the trip
|Day 2-5||On the river!|
Daily devotional led by the staff
Evening group activities and prayer
|Last Day||Arrive back at Fort|
Return packs and gear
See you next time!