62-year-old man found dead in water next to canoe on camping trip, Minnesota police say
62-year-old man found dead in water next to canoe on camping trip, Minnesota police say

A 62-year-old man who was alone on a camping trip in northern Minnesota was found dead next to a partially sunken canoe, officials told news agencies.

The man, later identified as Duluth resident Mark Ham, was discovered in the water of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness by a group of outdoorsmen before 5 p.m. on Friday, May 10, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office told Northern News Now.

The BWCA includes more than 400,000 acres of forest, rivers and lakes, as well as 1,200 miles of canoe trails, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The area “offers freedom for those seeking an experience of extended solitude, challenge and personal integration with nature.”

Ham’s family told authorities he had set out alone for a canoe trip in the BWCA, KSTP reported. His body was found near a capsized canoe on Lake Agnes, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities also found a life jacket, although Ham was not wearing it, Fox News reported.

“With fishing season beginning in Minnesota this weekend, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office and Rescue Squad want to remind everyone to please wear their life jackets while out on the water this summer, according to the department, according to the station.

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is located about 100 miles north of Duluth.

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