Presentation on Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

ROGERS CITY – Avid outdoorsman and guide Ramsey Dowgiallo will give a presentation on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness at the Presque Isle District Library on Feb. 22 at 2 p.m..

Dowgiallo has been visiting this million-plus-acre land dotted with thousands of lakes for 19 years, he said. He’s been a guide to the area for nine, and he’ll share some stories of the land, its sights and the plentiful wildlife that call it home. The presentation also will include some of the ancient pictographs left by Native Americans.

“It’s a fascinating area, it’s very rich in history with the voyageurs, the French fur traders and trappers and the natives,” he said. “Some of the portages, even some of the campsites we stay at are like, 300, 400 or 500 years old.”

This includes Table Rock, where the Hudson Bay Fur Company would meet twice a year to trade with natives and fur trappers, Dowgiallo said.

Dowgiallo encourages audience members to ask questions during his presentations, he said.

A Michigan native, Dowgiallo said he became interested in the outdoors thanks to his two mountain-climbing brothers. His father and grandfather also fished. He originally came to the paddle-only Boundary Waters for the excellent smallmouth bass, pike and walleye fishing, but the wildlife kept him coming back.

“I catch big fish all the time, and it’s exciting, but you never know what you’re going to see when it comes to wildlife,” he said. “It can be pretty incredible sometimes.”

That includes seeing a pack of wolves go after a deer, with the deer managing to escape, Dowgiallo said. He’s been charged by a bull moose, and had an eagle steal a steak that had been set on the rocks to thaw. There are loons, bobcats, otters and other critters near these lakes in northern Minnesota, just south of the Canadian border.

Dowgiallo said he started Wilderness Journey, an outfitting and Boundary Waters guide service after taking a trip there with his niece’s husband.

“On the way back, he looked at me and told me I should be doing this for a living,” he said. “By the time I reached lower Michigan, I already decided on a name.”

For questions on the presentation, call PIDL Program Director Anne Belanger at 734-2477. Visit www.gowildernessjourney.com for more information on Dowgiallo’s guide service.