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Crew replaces wooden Stairway Portage with stone, works entirely by hand

Aug 15, 2022 09:36AM ● By Content Editor
Photo: Before, during, and after the Stairway Portage replacement project. (All photos courtesy Willie Bittner/Great Lakes Trailbuilders)

By Greg Seitz - Quetico Superior Wilderness News - August 14, 2022

A heavily used portage in the northeastern section of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness underwent a major renovation this summer. The Stairway Portage, connecting Rose and Duncan Lakes, has employed some form of wooden steps since the 1930s. The famous wooden steps were recently replaced by a stone staircase, built by a professional trail builder and a team of five apprentices. To comply with wilderness area rules, no power tools or machines could be used.

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