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Rain, Banadad Ski Trail, and Moose

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Rush Lake Calm after the storm on day one, July 6 2012.

For our third trip this summer, my crew and I ventured out to the Banadad Ski Trail in the Boundary Waters.  On day one,  we encountered a massive rainstorm, which didn’t let up for more than five minutes at a time. Somehow, the crew’s spirits weren’t dampened, despite the wet and cold that we encountered.

In the mornings the crew would groggily rise out of sleeping bags and under the group tarp for breakfast, getting ready for the day, and silently paddle across Rush Lake to the ski trail.

The first section of the trail that we worked on did not require much maintenance and soon enough, my crew and I ended up in a burn area. Our whole goal of the trip was to clear the burn area. According to our project partner Ted, it was the area most in need of work. Trees were scattered all across the trail, brush was beginning to grow, and dead trees were leaning into the trail corridor.

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Twenty-pound Northern Pike caught in Rush Lake, BWCAW.

The  Banadad Ski Trail and the Kekekabic Trail (our second trip), were both burnt in the Ham Lake Fire of 2007. Although the fire was the same, the remnants of the Ham Lake Fire at both trails  were vastly different. Instead of brush taking over most of the trail, trees on the Banadad were still standing, although dead. There is something liberating about pulling a tree right out of the ground and chucking it into the woods.

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Section of Banadad Ski Trail, before clearing.

One morning, my crew leader Joel and another crew member paddled back to our truck in order to pick up a tool that we needed. During that time, myself and my two other crew members hiked in the mile and half to our work site. While we were hiking, we happened upon two moose, a cow and a calf. They were absolutely beautiful and ran off into the woods, thankfully not charging us. I had mentioned earlier in the week that if we were to ever see a moose or two on trail, it would definitely be on this trip–moose scat and hoof prints scattered the cleared area. I was ready to see a moose and I’m so glad I did!

The Banadad Ski Trail was a beautiful trail before we arrived to it, and as we were

mcc after]Section of Banadad Ski Trail, after clearing.

hiking out on day seven, I was amazed by the beauty of it all. The battle in the work that we’re doing is staying positive–something that I strive to do everyday. Every morning I wake up and breathe in the fresh air of the wilderness and realize that I’m truly in a wonderful place; a place where most people will never venture to, a place where wildlife is thriving, the air is crisp, and nature is truly wild.

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ASSOCIATION KICKS OFF FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

The Banadad Trail Association announced today that it is undertaking a fundraising campaign to construction on new section of the trail and enlarge the parking on the trail’s west end.  The project will reconstruct the west end of the Banadad Trail, which crosses private property, secure a permanent easement, and ensure continued access for skiers from the west end.

“We are so excited to undertake this project,” said BTA president Linda Bosma, who has been skiing the Banadad Trail for 18 years.  “A change in property ownership creates the opportunity for us to improve the west end of the trail, which is popular with day skiers who want to ski in and out, as well as the through skiers, who ski the entire 29 kilometers of the trail in one day.” 

The project cost is $11,340.  The BTA has been awarded a Trail Connections Grant from the Department of Natural Resources that will cover $7,800 and the Association must raise the balance.  

“This is the most ambitious project we have undertaken as a new organization,” said John Bottger, BTA Vice President and Gunflint Trail resident.  “We’ve secured grants and donations to cover maintenance and grooming costs of the trail since 2009, when we formed, and last year we rebuilt a remotely located bridge within the BWCA.  So, while this new project is significant, we feel up to this challenge.  But we’ll definitely need the support of our members, skiers, and other supporters of the trail.” 

Bosma enthusiastically noted that people have already begun donating, even though the campaign is just getting off the ground, with over $1,000 in donations already received this week.  “We’re extremely gratified by the early show of support we’ve received—we love this trail and construction of this new section on the west end is vital to ensuring access to the trail in the future.”

 Those interesting in donating can do so through the Banadad Trail Association page on GiveMN.org:   http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Banadad-Trail-Association

or by sending a check directly to the Banadad Trail Association, P.O. Box 436, Grand Marais, MN  55604.

 

The BTA hopes to reach their fundraising goal by September 15, 2012.

Remote Interior Clearing Underway

It might be summer and warm but no matter work on the Banadad is in full swing. Five members of the Minnesota Conservation Corps set out on June 6 to clear a remote interior section of the trail. Camping on Rush Lake the crew plans to send seven day on the trail clearing from the Banadad Bridge east 2-3 miles. They will concentrate on area burned over by the Ham Lake Fire.

Meeting with Gunflint Ranger District

Meeting with USFS

Banadad Trail Plan 2012June 29, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

Poplar Creek Guesthouse B & B

Present: Ted Young, John and Barb Bottger, Kate Kelnberger, Pete Harris, Jon Benson (USFS Wilderness Manager), Tom Kaffine (USFS Forestry Technician), (Suzanne Cable,  USFS Asst. District Manager)

John opened the meeting with comments that Ted knows the trail and we’ve had a good format in presenting our plan in past years.

Ted reported that, even with the shortened season (March 18 was last day of skiing), the Banadad had  900 skier days.  Ted tracks the numbers by counting the day permits and adds 10% for those who don’t fill out day permits.  In 12 years of tracking, this is the 3rd highest year.

Jon asked that Ted turn in the day permits to the USFS.  The USFS has started preliminary discussions of making the Banadad the primary entry point but that will be a ways off.

Ted reported that the big project of 2011 was building the bridge between Banadad and Rush Lakes done last  fall.  Three 30’ power poles were put in with the old cedar decking on top.  Volunteers also worked opening the trail in that area.  We had 174 hours of volunteer time by North Star Ski Club and Minnehaha Academy Ski Team.

Jon asked that we turn in the volunteer hours to the USFS as they are tracking as well.

Power equipment is used outside the BWCA, including the Tim Knopp trail, which is an access trail to the first part of the Banadad.

2012 Plans:

West End Reroute Mike and Sue Prom bought property on contract for deed with permission from landowner to proceed.  We will move the trail off the “Rib Lake Rd” but it is unclear how snowmobiles and fisherman will access Tripp Lake.

We have flagged and GPSed the tentative trail.  The south end has already been moved about 50’ to avoid wetlands according to county regulations.

We still need to have the corridor appraised.  The BTA will have to pay for this out of pocket.  The BTA must also provide 25% of grant provided.  A total of $3-4,000 will be the responsibility of the BTA.  Our grant deadline is June 2013.

Can the USFS provide a cash grant of $1,500?  Suzanne made a note to check this out.  This could be under a challenge cost share agreement. Timing – this fall to pay for initial appraisal requirement.

Suzanne would like a letter to Dennis to frame a request for funding to occur on Forest land.  If this funding could happen it would have to come from 2013 fiscal budget  which starts on October 1, 2012.

The BTA will meet on July 9 and will have made a decision on fundraising.  John will contact the USFS with our plans.

Tom has taken on trail responsibilities in this zone.

Jon will ask if Dennis needs to submit a letter of support in this effort.

Volunteer Crew: Within trails remote interior 70-90 hrs. of volunteer time is required to widen 1 mile of trail.

Request:  We could use help along with the MCC.

Prescribed Burn Areas: The burn area is a problem, both Ham Lake and the prescribed burn around Meeds Lake with downed, burned trees.

Request:  That USFS provide a crew to take on this project. Jon suggested that USFS fire people get in there to see if they can clean some of that out.

Remote Trail Widening: MCC crews are lined up to do this work in July.  Ted will make sure this crew gets in to the portage.  Tom is working with Chad on this project.  Tom will have this crew check on the bridge due to recent heavy rains.  This could be delayed due to calls to fires out west.

Outside the BWCA:

1.  Chainsaws are used to clear larger trees.

2.  A tracked vehicle with a brush hog to mow the stubble.

3.  East end of Banadad will be cut with power brush saw.

4.  Moose Trail – 4-1/2 miles mechanically mowed.

5.  East end parking – widen the parking area.

Conclusion: The partnership remains a good one!  Suzanne and Jon will be sure a current letter of agreement is on file.

Delicious “Banadad” cake was served by Barbary Young.  Meeting ended at 11:00 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Barb Bottger

Secretary

BTA

Spring Banadad Bulletin


Greetings from your BTA President!
Ski season ended early this year—but despite a disappointing season for cross country skiers, we saw a lot of activity on the Banadad Trail this year and conditions were pretty good. I hope you were able to get out to the trail for a ski this year. I skied it several times and the conditions were good and the scenery beautiful as always! Ted and Jim did a great job of grooming in tricky conditions—thanks for the great work!
As spring begins, we look to summer and maintenance and planning work.  This issue of the Banadad Bulletin includes information on this year’s grooming report, our upcoming tree planting efforts to offset our carbon footprint from grooming with the snowmobile, an update from our membership committee, and more. Of course the big project we are taking on this year is the relocation of the trail’s western trailhead.
Our organization continues to grow—with the help of many of you! We continue to build our organization capacity and membership base, and will conduct strategic planning this year to ensure our organization has clear goals to ensure we have the capacity to continue stewardship of this wonderful resource, the Banadad Ski Trail.
To all of you who love the Banadad and support our work, a heartfelt THANK YOU!! Please consider getting more involved—we will need volunteers to help with trail maintenance this year, tree planting in May, and are open to your ideas on how to continue to preserve and maintain the Banadad.
Sincerely,
Linda Bosma
President
The 2012 Winter on the Banadad
This past winter the skiing on the trail got off to a slower than usual start. In past years some portions of the trail were skiable by the Thanksgiving holidays. This year serious skiing did get underway by late December.  While ten kilometers of the trail’s eastern end was tracked there was not enough snow on the trail to track the remainder of the Banadad. Then twelve inches of snow fell just before New Year’s followed by another three inches the next night. Following the storm groomers were out and the entire trail was tracked for the first time this season.
On January 6 the first skiers completed the entire trail.  Nicole and Mathew, from Little Falls had that honor. Starting on January 6 from the west end trailhead, the pair skied the 12 kilometers to the Bedew Lake Yurts. After spending two nights at the yurt camp they skied 18 kilometers to the East End trailhead.  After completing the trip they stated that the trail was in good shape and they had a great time.
Unlike most of the state, the ski trails on the Gunflint had great snow and skiing through the winter. Then the week of March 1l came and it all ended! The temperature went-up into the 50’s seemingly over night. On March 18 the last two skiers, clad in t-shirts and shorts were spotted near the eastern trailhead. When ask how the skiing was they stated that, “they were able to ski about 3 km to the first Beaver Pond, but encountered many bare spots.” By the next day with temperatures hovering in the sixties there was little snow left.
This was the first year within the twenty nine year history of the Banadad that there was not enough snow on the Trail to ski into April.  With the Trail’s late opening this makes this year’s season one of,  if not the shortest ski season ever.
Even with the shortened season groomers, Jim Raml, and Ted Young still put-in 124 ½ hours and traveled some 486 miles grooming and tracking the trail this past season.
Trail Highlights- the Midtrail Junction
This is the first of a series of “trail highlights” on interesting features you will find along the trail. Additional trail highlights will be featured in future Banadad Bulletins and we hope to incorporate into future trail maps.
The Mid Trail Junction is located at the northern end of the old logging road that connected the Birch Cliff and Tucker Lake Logging Roads with Finn Lake Logging Road.  The Mid-Trail Junction is the spot were these old logging road came together. The site is located approximately midway along the Banadad.
Members of the Minnehaha Academy Ski Team at the trail’s Mid-Trail Junction- first week in March 2012
Some additional history – Following the 1964 Wilderness Act and 1978 Boundary Waters Act, logging within the Wilderness where these roads were located was prohibited. Beginning in 1982 these road were reopened as a Nordic Ski trail. The purpose of the new 28 kilometer wilderness trail was to link the Gunflint’s Central and Upper Nordic Ski Trails.
The first skiers through this new trail were in 1983. They skied from Borderland Lodge (now Cross River Lodge) to Windigo Lodge. First called the Ski Thru Trail, Artery Trail or Tucker Lake Trail, depending to whom you asked, the trail was officially named, by the Gunflint ski resorts, the Banadad in l984.
More then an Average Number of Skiers on the Trail this Season
With a lack of ski-able snow on most other ski trails in the state and even with the ski season’s slow start it appeared that the Banadad was off to a recorded number of skiers for the Season Then came the mid-March thaw and the season was over. The final total number of skier days for this year was 908. This compared to a past seven year average of 856 skier days.
The number of skier days is tabulated from the BWCA Permits filled out during the season. However, many people do not bother to fill out this permit, particularly “locals.”  To compensate for skiers not filling out permits the number of skiers that fill out permits is multiplied by 10% and this is then added to come out with the yearly estimated total number of skier days.
Banadad Trail Green-Up May 5 and 12
For the past four years the carbon produced by the equipment used to maintain and groom the Banadad Ski Trail has been sequestered in tree planting.  According to the Linda Bosma, BTA President; “tree planting is our way to insure that the maintenance and grooming of the trail remains carbon neutral”.
This year’s Banadad Tree Planting is scheduled for 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 5 and May 12. Planting will last about four to five hours. Meet at the Poplar Creek Guesthouse, 11 Poplar Creek Drive. Tools, tree seedlings and supervision provided.
For those needing lodging for the Tree Planting, Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B and Cabins is offering a special rate of $89/person plus taxes for two nights lodging, Barbara’s famous breakfasts each morning and a trail lunch. If you need overnight accommodations or would like more information, go to lodging or call 800-388-4487 or if in Cook County call 388-4487.
This Year’s Major Project- the Re-route of the Trail’s Eastern Trailhead
Assisted by a Minnesota DNR grant the Banadad Trail Association is working on obtaining easement and relocating a quarter- mile of the trail’s western end. Easement is required on this portion of the trail since it will travel across private land. The current owners of the property are interest in facilitating the easement and trail re-route.
This May Tom Rice, Andy Jenks and Ted Young plan to work on laying out the new trail route. The new route is  expect to be move east of the old trail. As part of the project the parking area will be enlarged and moved off the Gunflint Trail. We hope to have the project completed by next year’s ski season.

Getting the Trail Ready- This Year’s Maintenance Highlights

  • The highlight of this fall’s maintenance occurred on October 17 and 18 when eight volunteers rebuilt the Trail’s old dilapidated thirty-six foot bridge over the Banadad Creek between Banadad and Rush Lakes.  The bridge was in such bad shape that after the crew arrived at the bridge a portion of it collapsed as one of the volunteers walked across. Since the bridge was located in a remote area of the Trail, the construction crew canoed in, spent a night camping  on the trail and canoed out the next day. According to Ted Young, maintenance supervisor, “the old bridge certainly would not have supported the grooming equipment this coming winter.”
The bridge construction crew-Front left to right- Pete Harris (Grand Marais), Len Voit (Gunflint Trail), Lee Wenzel (Eden Prairie), Tom Rice (Shoreview), and Steve Lenius (Woodbury). Back- Ted Young (Gunflint Trail) and Karla Miller (Duluth).
Other maintenance projects this past fall:
  • West end of the Trail Cleared – Again this year five members of the Minnesota Conservation Corps widened one and half miles of the trail’s west end and then walked the entire eight miles of the west end trail clearing down trees as they walked.
  • Half Mile of East end Widened, – BTA’s regular trail maintenance crew member Jim Raml and his dog Blanca “ATVed” up to the BWCA line at the Meads Lake Portage. From there he hiked-in three and one half miles, clearing down trees as he walked. Jim camped on the trail and spent four wet-buggy ten-hour days widening about three-quarters of a mile of the brush-blocked trail. Great job Jim!
  • LaceLake, Tall Pines and Knapp Trails – Located outside the BWCA where mechanical equipment is allowed, chainsaws were used to clear all the summers’ accumulation of down trees. Later the center brush was mowed with a brush hog equipped track Bobcat on the trails outside the BWCA. “The swampier” sections of these trails we plan to clear by hand with a brush saw.
  • Volunteers – working over two weekends twenty-five volunteers from the Banadad Trail Association, Minnehaha Academy Ski Team and North Star Ski Touring Club logged 174 hours clearing  2 ½ miles of brush and down trees at the trail’s two ends. This year volunteers worked exclusively within the BWCA which required that all work be done by hand.
Note from the Membership Committee
If you haven’t become a member, please consider joining to support the trail you love. Annual membership categories range from $15 upwards. Please see the Banadad Trail Association’s website at http://www.banadad.org/ for more information and to sign up to become a member. We need your support, your muscle, and your pocketbook! The Banadad Trail Association is a 501 (c) (3) organization and your donations are tax deductible.
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Snow on the Trail

There is now 4-5 inches of snow on the Banadad.  Yesterday the east end of the trail was packed up to the Old Logging Camp – about 9 kilometers.  Previously the Lace Lake, Tall Pines and Seppala Trails were packed.  Packing will continue the remainder of this week and should have it completed by mid next week. Then it simply waiting until there is enough snow to track.

Snow and Banadad in the News

Anne Rykken. one of the founding Board members of the Trail Association and Minnnehaha Academy’s Nordic Ski Coach has an article  in the November issue of Cross County Skier magazine.  The article tells of trip with members of her ski team skiing the Banadad.  The article is not yet on the internet so you will have to go directly to the magazine to view the article.

The several members of the Minnehaha Ski Academy’s Ski Team and parents will be spending this coming weekend working on the Banadad.

There was about an inch of snow last night; still snowing lightly now. More snow is expect this week while Anne’s team is here.  The team should enjoy this!

BTA Meeting & Trail Work Day- August 22

Banadad Trail Association’s

Annual Meeting

and

Potluck Dinner

Time: 5:30 PM

Saturday – October 22, 2010

Place: Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B

11 Poplar Creek Drive-Gunflint Trail

Annual Meeting Followed by Social Hour & Dinner

Join Us – Public Is Invited

Banadad Work Day-Volunteers Wanted

In the morning prior to the Banadad Trail Association’s Annual Meeting (BTA), you’re invited to help get the Banadad ready for winter. Weather permitting, we will be clearing the summer’s accumulation of brush and downed trees between the BWCA line on the west end of the Trail and the Dawkins Lake Bridge.

Meet for the Trail Work Day at 9:00 am, Saturday, October 22, at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, 11 Poplar Creek Drive (just off the Lima Grand). Hand tools and lunches will be provided to all volunteers. The North Stars Ski Touring Club will be joining us this day.

After the workday plan to stay-on for the Association’s Annual Meeting and Potluck Get-to-Gather

Greetings from the Association’s President!

Despite the warm temperatures the past couple weeks, it is Fall, which means work crews are on the Banadad Trail preparing for the Winter ski season.  This past year has been an ambitious one—many trail improvements, including replacing the Banadad Bridge.

The Banadad Trail Association continues our work to preserve and maintain this wonderful trail so that skiers will continue to be able to experience the truly unique experience of skiing in the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness!  If you have skied the Banadad, you know what a special experience it is—its single track goes deep into the BWCA. Some days you may not meet another soul while skiing—there are few places that provide that experience.  Whether you are going for a short ski, skiing the entire trail in a day, or breaking up a through ski with a stay in a yurt, the Banadad takes you deep into the woods where your privacy may only be disturbed by a lynx, grouse, or moose. I’ve been skiing the Banadad for nearly twenty years now, but have yet to find another ski experience that equals this trail!

We hope you’ll experience the Banadad this winter—and will love it as much as we do.  We also hope you’ll consider joining the Banadad Trail Association if you’re not already a member.  Volunteers like those of us in the BTA are essential to maintaining the trail and preserving it for future generations.  In addition to volunteering time to work on the trail, members of the BTA write grants and raise funds to support the trail, develop membership, and help educate the public on the Banadad.  We are always happy to have more people involved—please contact me if you’d like to join us and have an idea to suggest or want to join us for a working weekend in the woods.  We’d love to have you!

This has been a great year for the BTA and a special thanks to all our many members and friends who have supported us again this year!  Have a great ski season—see you at the annual meeting and on the trail!

Happy Skiing—Linda Bosma

BTA Applies for Grant to Solve West end Easement Problem

The Banadad Ski Trail was built by the United States Forest Service during the summers of 1981 and 1982 at the urging of the Gunflint Nordic Ski Resorts. This 31-kilometer trail serves to connect the Central and Upper Gunflint Nordic Trail Systems.

The Banadad’s western trailhead, since opening, has passed through private land on an old logging road. The previous owner had no interest in this land or where the trail was located on their land. Another party has now purchased this land. The new owner is willing to sell deeded easement to the Banadad Trail Association for the trail provided the trail is moved east of its present location. The new owners plan to build a home on this land and will be using the existing trail as an access road to this home.

The only other place to relocate the Trail’s western trailhead would be on Federal land to the west. However building a trail on this land would be quite challenging. Any trail built over this land would have to cross a large wetland, bridge a stream and then negotiate a very difficult hill.

The most feasible place to relocate the trail would be just to the east of the old trail on the privately owned land.

With this in mind, the Banadad Trail Association Board of Directors voted to work towards acquiring easement and relocating the west end trailhead. A grant application has been submitted to the Minnesota DNR for this project. If approved the grant is approved the Association will have to raise an additional $2000 as their local share of the grant.

Getting the Trail Ready for Skiing- It is a big job!

  • Banadad Bridge Rebuilt-The Big News is the on October 17 and 18 eight volunteers rebuilt the Trail’s old dilapidated thirty-six foot bridge over the Banadad Creek between Banadad and Rush Lakes.  The bridge was in such bad shape that when the crew arrived at the bridge a portion of it collapse as Lowell Johnson was walking across it. The old bridge certainly would not have support the grooming equipment this coming winter. In addition to Lowell the crew consisted of Tom Rice, Steve Lenius, Lee Wenzel, Karla Miller, Len Voit, Pete Harris, and Ted Young. Funds to help support the project were provided through a grant from Arrowhead Electric Coop.   For more information concerning click on bridge.
  • West end of the Trail Cleared – Again this year five members of the Minnesota Conservation Corps widened one and half miles of the trail’s west end and then walked the entire eight miles of the west end trail clearing down trees as then went.
  • Half Mile of East end Widened, – BTA’s regular trail maintenance crewmember Jim Raml and his dog Blanca “ATVed” up to the BWCA line at the Meads Lake Portage from there he hiked-in three and one half miles, clearing downed trees as he went. Jim camped on the trail and spent four wet-buggy ten-hour days widening about three-quarters of a mile of the brush-blocked trail. Great job Jim!
  • Lace Lake, Tall Pines and Knapp Trails – Located outside the BWCA where mechanical equipment is allowed, chainsaws were used to clear all the summers accumulation of down trees. Later this fall the center brush will be mowed with a-brush hog equipped track Bobcat on the trails outside the BWCA. “The swampier” sections of these trails we plan to clear by hand with a brushsaw.

Get Set For Winter – Join the Banadad Trail Association

Peter Spink, Membership Chairperson -Just like squirrels storing nuts for the winter, we have been feverishly working to get set for another ski season on the Banadad! Trail clearing has continued to widen overgrown sections, a bridge in the middle of the trail was totally rebuilt in September (see photos), and plans are continuing to improve and reroute the western end of the Banadad Trail where it connects to the Gunflint Trail. These efforts are funded both by DNR, federal grant funds, and a special grant from Arrowhead Electrical Coop for the bridge and by membership dues along with significant volunteer labor. To continue maintaining the Trail in excellent fashion requires more members, more donations and grants and more volunteers.

Just like squirrels storing nuts for the winter, we have been feverishly working to get set for another ski season on the Banadad! Trail clearing has continued to widen overgrown sections, a bridge in the middle of the trail was totally rebuilt in September (see photos), and plans are continuing to improve and reroute the western end of the Banadad Trail where it connects to the Gunflint Trail. These efforts are funded both by DNR, federal grant funds, and a special grant from Arrowhead Electrical Coop for the bridge and by membership dues along with significant volunteer labor. To continue maintaining the Trail in excellent fashion requires more members, more donations and grants and more volunteers.

Please join us in membership to support the Trail that you love. Membership categories range from $15 upwards for annual membership. Please see our website at http://www.banadad.org/ for more information and to sign up to become a member. We need your support, your muscle, and your pocketbook! The Banadad Trail Association is a 501 (c) (3) organization and your donations are tax deductible.

Support the Banadad Ski Trail by Joining the Banadad Trail Association!

Click on membership to join

Banadad Bridge Re-build in the News

The replacing of the Banadad Bridge on September 17 was noted in a recent article on Cook County’s own public radio’s website- click on BWCA Bridge to veiw.  An article on the project  also can be found on the Midwest’s  leading Nordic Ski websites - Skinny Ski.

Volunteers Needed to Rebuild Banadad Bridge

This fall we are looking for a crew to assist in rebuilding the Banadad Bridge. The bridge is located eleven miles out on the east end of the Banadad Ski Trail. To get to the bridge the crew will canoe into Rush Lake early Saturday, September 17 then spend that  day working on the bridge, camp on Rush, finish the bridge the next day Sunday return.  Tools, canoes and camp food furnish. If interested call  218-388-4487.