After only 30 minutes of paddling down river, we arrive at the single remotest location in the entire state of Illinois. Boats race up and down river. Men are hammering on a dock structure across the river. Of course, our feeling of remoteness takes a hit.


Today we conclude that motorboats are a remoteness conservation conundrum. We did not incorporate motorboat travel on the landscape within the remote spot calculation procedure.


The spot happens to be nestled right on top of a narrow ridge line with steep slopes on either side. Elevation is 1427 feet.


We are in the middle of Baxter State Park, and it has that large and wild feel. Still, there is something about having to “sign in” to a place that detracts from wilderness and remoteness, but that has been par for the course while searching for remoteness in the East.


We dodge crab pots, sand bars, and small islands until we see Holland Island in the distance, marked by several clumps of trees. The trees on the island are completely covered with pelicans and cormorants.


Our excursion to the Massachusetts Remote Spot begins at Saquatucket Harbor boat launch on the south shores of Cape Cod. We set out by motorboat southward into northern Nantucket Sound.


The Boundary Waters is a large and magnificent functioning northern ecosystem filled with mosaic forests perpetuated by fire and numerous lakes sculpted by past glacial activity. This natural region, shared by Canada and the U.S., has inspired and spawned generations of people who care about wilderness.


The day’s out and back day hike to the Missouri Remote Spot took approximately 6 hours. We traveled a total out and back distance of 7.1 rugged mountain miles on foot.


Other than con trails, which are an eye sore and conservation conundrum in the atmosphere, we measure zero human presence terrestrially from the Montana Remote Spot.


We documented this Remote Spot on Thanksgiving Day. Located within the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, the Spot is 2.2 miles from a road.