The Charles L. Sommers Trek will commemorate the Eagle Scout Trips of 1920’s and 1930’s – specifically recognizing the 1930 Eagle Scout Trip which was made up of 21 Eagle Scouts, leaders and canoeing experts.
The Sommers Trek will depart from the original departure point near the former Longbranch Sawmill in Winton, MN. Crews will be shuttled to this entry point from the Ely Base on Moose Lake. The route will take the crew from Fall Lake, via Newton and Pipestone to Basswood Lake, the Basswood River, Crooked Lake, Iron and Bottle Lakes to Lac LaCroix. Then returning to Winton via Beartrap River and Beartrap Lake.
The trek stays entirely in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on the US side of the border. It appears that the 1930 trek took a side trip to Rebecca Falls (in Canada) and also visited the Indian paintings on Lac La Croix – just over the US-Canada border. The Rebecca Falls side trip will not be included but a “paddle by” of the Indian paintings might be available to a group that can make the additional paddling in the time required. This trek can be completed in 7 days.
Crews will be able to request this trip as part of their permit application, however trips will be limited by permit availability.
Completion of this trek results in the crew, leaders and interpreter receiving the Paul Bunyan Award, in addition the normal CLS participant emblem.
A crew wanting to participate in this trek, will need to make a request for a 7-day trip in the 2022 or 2023 lottery.