Possession isn’t nine-10ths of the law, knowledge is — especially when traveling, and particularly when exploring the boundary waters. It’s there that some lakes hold more fish, some campsites are more comfortable and some portages are easier to cross. Enter Paddleplanner.com, a website that can steer canoeists away from trouble and discomfort and toward more memorable trips. Videos and even interactive maps are available to help novice wilderness visitors as well as veterans enjoy their trips more, and more knowledgeably.

DENNIS ANDERSON