Boundary Waters Outfitters

Boundary Waters Outfitters
Boundary Waters Canoe Trips Transportation

To get you in and out of the Boundary Waters wilderness we may need to transport or "shuttle" you to your entry or exit points. Below is a list of all the Transport options we offer.
rock landing at the campsite
Click on the following links for more information:

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

Canoe Trip Outfitting
all our packages, 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
talk to our outfitting staff

For More Information Call:

Good to Know...
It is important to note that BWCA entry permits are reserved on a first come, first serve basis so the earlier you reserve your trip the better chance you have of securing the best entry point.

helpful info: how to plan a tripBWCA entry points, routes & permitsreservations


For some trip routes we may need to transport you and your group to your starting or ending locations - so Shuttles, as we call them, are either water, land or air transportation to or from your Boundary Waters entry and exit points. Below is a list of our shuttles services and the cost to transport your group..

Land Transportation:
Rates cover one way shuttle per group.

Location with Complete
cost per group
with Partial
cost per group
Gabbro Lake free $25.00
Lake One free $25.00
Snowbank Lake free $25.00
Moose Lake free $25.00
South Kawishiwi River free $25.00
Burntside Lake free $25.00
Wood Lake free $20.00
Fall Lake free $20.00
Mudro Lake $30.00 $50.00
Isabella Lake $40.00 $65.00
Indian Sioux $40.00 $65.00
Moose River North $40.00 $65.00
Kawishiwi Lake $90.00 $120.00
Crane Lake $100.00 $135.00

For airport pick-up and return please call for rates. 1-800-777-8574

Water Transportation:
Tow boat - canoes go on a rack above you.
Rates cover one way shuttle per person.

Location Cost per person  
Ensign Lake $32.00  
Indian Portage $32.00  
Prairie Portage $32.00  
above shuttles have a 2 person minimum
Washington Island $100.00  
Back Bay Portage $110.00  
above shuttles have a 2 person minimum



If you are using our How to Plan a Trip tutorial...

You are on Step 6 - Transportation

We may need to transport (shuttle) you to and from your entry and exit points. If so, a list of the associated costs is above. If you have any questions about whether or not you will need a shuttle please call us at:
218-365-3466 or 800-777-8574.

To go to Step 7 click here >>

Don't forget...
BWCA PermitCanoe RoutesFood/MenuOvernight Accommodations
TransportationReservation & DepositWhat to Pack


Above: rock landing at the campsite

Outfitting Packages:

Outfitting Specials
Explorer Kevlar Package
Ultra-Light Canoe Package
Non-Profit Groups
Fishing Trips
Family Packages
Guided Trips
Food & Canoe Packages
Partial Outfitting


Menu - food for your trip
Overnight Accommodations
Reservations & Deposits
BWCA Permits & Fees
Entry Points & Trip Routes
What to Pack

Quetico Trips:

Quetico Trip information
RABC Permit Information

Boundary Waters Outfitters
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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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Farm Lake Cam

View of Farm Lake

web pages:
Boundary Waters Outfitters in Ely Minnesota home page About UsContact Us
Boundary Waters Canoe AreaHow to plan a TripBWCA Entry PermitsBoundary Waters Canoe RoutesFishingWildlifePhoto GalleryBWCA Rules
Canoe Trip OutfittingOutfitting SpecialsKevlar Explorer Package Ultra-Light Canoe PackagePartial OutfittingNon-Profit Group Packages Family Canoe TripsFishing TripsGuided Trips
Trip MenuOvernight Accommodations ▫  Transportation ▫  Reservations & Deposits
Quetico TripsRABC Information ▫ Links

A word from Boundary Waters Outfitters

Thank you for visiting our website. We at Boundary Waters Outfitters are dedicated to our mission and to providing quality Minnesota Vacations to all who visit us here in the Northwoods. It is our pleasure to serve you in anyway we can, whether it is planning a BWCA canoe trip, arranging a stay in one of the lakeside cabins at our full-service resort or helping you purchase just the right piece of gear for your next adventure. Ely Minnesota and the Northwoods is our home and we are eager to share it with anyone who has the desire to experience all it has to offer. With so much to see and do...from fishing, to exploring, to sunsets, the wildlife, to all the little canoeing and camping tips we have picked up over the years, we are here to help you make the most of your Boundary Waters vacation. Thanks again for visiting our website and please let us know how we can help you with your Boundary Waters needs.
-Boundary Waters Outfitters owners and staff.