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WTIP Boundary Waters Podcast WTIP North Shore Community Radio

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    • 4.8 • 88 Ratings

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    Episode 98 WTIP Boundary Waters Podcast Mallard Island

    Episode 98 WTIP Boundary Waters Podcast Mallard Island

    Ernest Oberholtzer is a name that will forever be connected to the Boundary Waters. And yet, far too many paddlers of the canoe-country know neither his story nor his legacy of wilderness protection.

    Oberholtzer, more commonly known as 'Ober,' first arrived to the Boundary Waters region in 1909 during a college trip to the North Woods. Three years later, an Anishinaabe canoe guide, Billy Magee, traveled with Ober on a canoe journey across Canada. The trip cemented a place in Ober's mind about the power and importance of water and healthy forests.

    Rainy Lake is located on the far northwestern side of the Boundary Waters region, about 100 miles from Ely. Oberholtzer lived on Mallard Island in Rainy Lake for most of his adult life. These days, Mallard Island is the base of operations for the Oberholtzer Foundation. Each summer, artists, Boundary Waters enthusiasts, and people who appreciate the legacy of Ober, come to gather, create, and connect. Podcast Host Joe Friedrichs was among those who came to Mallard Island in the summer of 2023, as we learn in this episode.

    Featured in the episode are Rebecca Otto, the executive director of the Oberholtzer Foundation, and Tanya Piatz, a Minnesota artist and birder.

    Follow the link below to learn more about the Oberholtzer Foundation.


    • 37 min
    Episode 97 WTIP Boundary Waters Podcast Cache Bay Revisited

    Episode 97 WTIP Boundary Waters Podcast Cache Bay Revisited

    There are new rangers at the Cache Bay Ranger Station in Quetico Provincial Park.

    For the first time since the passing of Janice Matichuk, the new rangers could become something of a fixture on what is known as Her Island. Matichuk, the longest serving ranger in the history of Quetico, passed away in August 2020.

    The new rangers are Peter Kranenburg and Stacey Hofer. Both in their late 30s, the young couple celebrated their first year at Cache Bay this summer. They also got married in July, making for a summer Peter and Stacey say they will never forget. Their plan, Peter and Stacey say, is to return to Cache Bay for years to come.

    The Boundary Waters podcast duo, Matthew Baxley and Joe Friedrichs, visited the Cache Bay Ranger Station in August 2023. They share a full report in this episode.

    • 33 min
    Episode 96 Paddler Profile Jason's Walk Across the Wilderness

    Episode 96 Paddler Profile Jason's Walk Across the Wilderness

    The Paddler Profile Series continues on the podcast with the inspiring story of one incredible human's walk across the wilderness. From a boy in Iowa to an adventurer in Ely, this is as much about life's journey as it is about a journey through the woods. And swimming the lakes, in October.

    In this installment of the Paddler Profile Series of the Boundary Waters Podcast, we learn more about Jason Zabokrtsky from Ely Outfitting Company.

    • 32 min
    Episode 95 WTIP Boundary Waters Podcast

    Episode 95 WTIP Boundary Waters Podcast

    There are unexplainable things that can happen to people in the Boundary Waters.

    Strange energy. Powerful feelings that someone, or something is nearby. One campsite, located on an island on Tuscarora Lake, is occasionally referenced when this discussion surfaces.

    It was here, in May 2020, that a young man from Indiana died after their canoe capsized. Others have reported strange energy at the island, in fact leaving the campsite to travel on before the campers spent a night on the island.

    In this episode, Matthew and Joe travel to this island on Tuscarora Lake. At the island they met Thang Huynh. Thang, his family, and others, were camped on the island in late July. They shared their experience with the podcast duo.

    Also featured in this episode is Nataly Yokhanis, Billy Cameron's girlfriend up until his passing in 2020. We also hear from Shy-Anne Hovorka, an Indigenous musician, songwriter, and educator who lives in Canada near Lake Superior.

    • 30 min
    Episode 94 WTIP Boundary Waters Podcast

    Episode 94 WTIP Boundary Waters Podcast

    The Barefoot Paddler returns to the podcast, this time to share stories of walking every portage in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

    Mark Zimmer, more commonly referred to as the Barefoot Paddler, took several years to walk every maintained portage in the BWCA. He tracked his steps and created a map of the portages. He intends to offer this digital map to the paddling community in the near future.

    Also featured in this episode is co-host Joe Friedrichs sharing an experience from the wilderness on the tail-end of a bout with COVID. The wilderness doesn't cure everything, but it can add some perspective on the journey, as Joe and Matthew Baxley discuss throughout the episode.

    • 42 min
    Episode 93 North From the Border

    Episode 93 North From the Border

    For many paddlers, the BWCA is the ultimate destination for all trips. For others, its the training ground for trips further north.

    Maddy and Cory, two sisters, grew up on the edge of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. Both eventually found themselves paddling further north in Canada, though took very different paths to get there. Outdoor writer, Sam Cook, returns to share stories of his own travels into far northern territories. Get inspired and pick up some tips while following along on these tails of adventure.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

Patrick Stoneking ,

A favorite!

If you love canoeing, skiing, or hiking the Boundary Waters, this is the podcast for you! Absolutely one of my favorite podcasts. I look forward to this showing up in my app every month. Great content, interviews, personalities, and helpful insight. Great work!

BaldwinScott ,

Good podcast for catching up on sleep.

Meh. Kind of a snoozer BWCA podcast. Wake me when it’s over.

Hueyav8r ,

Great Discussions

The BWCA is my Favorite place. I enjoy the discussions and look forward to the podcasts

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