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Northern Tier

Northern Tier offers more wilderness camping (3 million acres) than any other opportunity in Scouting. Northern Tier is so remote that nesting bald eagles abound, the portages between the lakes are moose trails, and the humans are just visitors. The Sioux and Chippewa once traveled this northern lake country and you can still see the ancient Indian pictographs on the sheer rock faces. This is also the land where the French-Canadian voyageurs traded for beaver pelts with the native populations, treking with  their canoes heavily laden with furs.

Northern Tier

Headquartered in the beautiful Lake Superior-Quetico Provincial Park boundry waters of Minnesota and Ontario, and in northern Wisconsin, the Northern Tier offers wilderness canoeing expeditions and programs featuring sailing, fishing, and winter camping.

Call (218) 365-4811 for additional information or visit

The Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association website has a lot of information about the Bases as well as numerous stories from past staff members.

For connections and other logistical information, give the Ely Chamber of Commerce a try at

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