Boundary Waters Outfitters
Boundary Waters Canoe Trips
in Ely, Minnesota

Boundary Waters Outfitters is one of Ely Minnesota's premier Boundary Waters outfitters having outfitted groups into the BWCA wilderness since 1939.

The Ely Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe Area - BWCA is home to the largest wilderness east of the Rockies, with over a million acres of to explore.  Ely, Minnesota has the largest number of Boundary Waters entry points and the most diverse number of wilderness canoe routes. There is nothing like a Boundary Waters canoe trip to cleanse the soul and get back to the basics of life.  Call today to set up your wilderness experience.

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Boundary Waters

Boundary Waters Outfitters
Ely, Minnesota

Boundary Waters Outfitters is Ely Minnesota's canoe trip outfitter.  A Boundary Waters Outfitters canoe trip awaits you here in Ely Minnesota's Northwoods, start planning your adventure today!

Boundary Waters Outfitters is located 7 miles outside Ely, Minnesota on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area - BWCA and situated on a pristine wilderness lake within the midst of a towering birch and pine forest. There are several diverse and dynamic canoe routes available directly from our docks that allow you to canoe, camp, fish and explore from one to ten or more days. We are also centrally located and able to easily reach all the Ely area BWCA entry points.

As one of the premier Minnesota canoe trip outfitters, we offer several options for your wilderness canoe trip.  These include: completely outfitted trips, fishing trips, fly-in trips to remote areas, guided trips, family trips, packages for non-profit groups - such as scouts, churches and schools, partially outfitted trips, and more.  Boundary Waters Outfitters is committed to providing you with the best equipment, best food and the best trip we possibly can and wilderness vacations are what we do.

If you have not visited Ely Minnesota and the BWCA before please take a moment to view a movie on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area - BWCAAs for what a Boundary Waters canoe trip is all about, see below.

What is a Boundary Waters Canoe Trip...










fishing   history   wildlife

A Boundary Waters Canoe trip is like no other...with over 2,000 solitary campsites and 1,500 miles of canoe routes it's no wonder National Geographic Traveler named the Boundary Waters as one of the 50 trips everyone should take in their lifetime.


Our Company has been featured in...
The New York Times, The Washington Post, In-Fisherman Magazine, The Star Tribune, Men's Journal Magazine, Mpls/St Paul Magazine, The Boundary Waters Journal, Minnesota Seasons Magazine, Pike On The Fly, Dodge Magazine, Explore Minnesota, and more!

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
with Boundary Waters Outfitters

August 2010
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Navigate the North Woods in Ely Minnesota with Boundary Waters Outfitters

May 2010
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#3 Navigating the North Woods with
Boundary Waters Outfitters in Ely, Minnesota
National Geographic Adventure Magazine

I just wanted to follow up on our trip last week and thank you for everything you did to help plan and execute the event. Your hospitality before, during, and after the trip made a great trip even better. The equipment was fantastic and the food was excellent. If and when I get the opportunity to visit the BWCA again, I will give you a call and will certainly recommend your company wholeheartedly to anyone who is planning future trips.

mission statement

Boundary Waters Outfitters is full-service canoe trip outfitter committed to providing our customers with the best in GEAR, FOOD, and SERVICE.  We operate as a small, attention-detailed company and believe in a hands on approach and we, the owners, are involved in every aspect of your trip.

We are dedicated to our mission; that is why we spend quality time with you to understand all your vacation wishes and needs.  We believe our service, equipment and facilities are unsurpassed in quality and we pride ourselves on the relationships we develop with our customers and our long and growing list of repeat visitors.

Our goal is to provide a memorable wilderness experience to everyone who passes through our door. 


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Outfitting Packages:

kevlar explorer package
best of the best!

ultra-light canoe package
everything you need!

non-profit group packages
discounts for scouts,
churches, schools, etc...

fishing trips
bass, walleye, northern's,
laker's and more...

family trips
great packages for families!

guided trips
fishing, wildlife, camp cook,
and more.. experience it all!


Outfitting Special!

Fly-In Canoe Trip
great deal on the ultimate trip!



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Click on the following links for more information:

Boundary Waters Canoe Area
BWCA info, wildlife, trip routes, photos...

Canoe Trip Outfitting
all our packages, gear, rates, menu...

Non-Profit Groups
discount packages for scouts, churches, schools, clubs, High Adventure Scout Trips, and more...

Boundary Waters Fishing
trips, tips, tackle & more...

Guided Trips
the best way to go...

Quetico Trips
information on trips into Canada...

About Us
who we are, directions to our base...

Contact Us
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Boundary Waters Outfitters has recently been featured in...

Men's Journal
MJ Approved Adventure:
Canoe & Camp the Boundary Waters
Sept 2012

Chicago Sun Times
"Serene Canoe Routes..."
June 2011

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A Paddlers Paradise"
June 2011
National Geographic
Americas Best Adventures
Aug 2010

Esquire Magazine
Great Places to Discover
August 2010

National Geographic
Best Family Adventures
May 2

FLW Outdoors Magazine
North Country Promised Land
2 Issue, 10 page article on Fishing the BWCA & Boundary Waters Outfitters
May-June 2008
July 2008

Frommer's Travel Guides
Summer Family Trips
June 2008

Walk on the Wild Side
America's 10 best outdoor towns
Ely, MN & Boundary Water Outfitters
Dec 2007
National Geographic
May 2007

    "As seen on

Great American Lodges

                                      -- PBS"
Winter 2007

Inc Magazine
10 Amazing Boat Trips
around the World

Fall 2006

Men's Journal
25 Dream Towns &
Secret Destinations



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Boundary Waters Canoe Trips

How to Plan a Trip
Step 1: What to see and do
Step 2: When are you going
Step 3: Plan your route
Step 4: Reserve entry permit
Step 5: Outfitting Needs
Step 6: Transportation
Step 7: Accommodations
Step 8: Final Touches

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