DULUTH — U.S. Forest Service law enforcement, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Lake County sheriff’s deputies responded Friday, Aug. 28, to a report of drunk, naked and disorderly behavior by campers on Lake One in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness northeast of Ely, Minn.
The incident involved six unruly men, and not a naked woman as reported earlier by Forum News Service.
Forest Service officials initially refused to comment on the case, saying it was an active investigation. But on Thursday, Sept. 3, a Forest Service spokeswoman confirmed that the incident involved six men who were taken out of the BWCAW. She said two citations were issued and a report on the incident has been forwarded to agency officials in Washington. She said the initial complaint came in as loud music and disorderly behavior by the group. The exact nature of the citations was not released.
It is extremely unusual for anyone to be escorted out of the BWCAW due to unruly behavior. Lake One is a popular entry point into the million-acre BWCAW which has been extremely busy this summer. Forum News Service has previously reported on visitors to the Northland’s wild areas who are either ignoring, or simply don’t know, the traditional outdoor ethics of leaving no trace behind and respecting nature.
There have been live trees cut down, copious garbage left in campsites and human waste left behind along trails and in campsites, from Voyageurs National Park and the BWCAW to North Shore state parks.
For the second straight week, state Conservation Officer Mary Manning on Monday, Aug. 31, reported more trash left behind by visitors, including “abandoned camping gear” and “more reports of human waste, diapers and trash left by visitors along the North Shore.”
Correction: An earlier version of this story mischaracterized the parties involved in the incident. This story was updated at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 to recast the nature of the incident. Forum News Service regrets the error.