Bear bags in the Boundary WatersWhen camping at Boundary Waters, what are the regulations regarding bear bags? What are the recommended measurements that the bag hang from limb, trunk, and ground? - Mollie, Hiawatha, Kan.
According to the Gunflint Ranger Station in Grand Marais, "the higher, the better.'' But try to throw your food at least 10 feet off the ground and 6 feet away from a trunk. You'll need a 50-foot rope.
They also note that you're in more danger of chipmunks and mice getting into your food than bears. They're very likely to chomp food left on the ground, and they can climb trees, too.
Before you head into the Boundary Waters, it's always helpful to first stop at the ranger station closest to your entry point and ask questions or chat with rangers about conditions. For more, see Minnesota's Boundary Waters.