Boundary Waters Outfitters

Boundary Waters Outfitters
Boundary Waters Canoe Trips Ely, Minnesota

Boundary Waters Outfitters offers some of the best equipment made today. All our gear and food has been trail-tested and continually refined over countless trips and years on the water and in the woods.


x Entry or Exit Point Options
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#5 Fishing, Falls & Indian Tales
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Boundary Waters Canoe Area
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Canoe Trip Outfitting
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Non-Profit Groups
discount packages for scouts, churches, schools, clubs, High Adventure Scout Trips, and more...

Boundary Waters Fishing
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Guided Trips
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Quetico Trips
information on trips into Canada...

About Us
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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.

#5 Fishing, Falls & Indian Tales

This is one of the more dramatic routes in the Boundary Waters because it contains a great deal of history, scenery and some of the best fishing within the BWCA! Along this route you will learn about early Native American history as you view a ceremonial area used by Ojibway Braves and see the markings, known as pictographs, they left on granite cliffs many years ago. Continuing on you will cross a portage enroute to one of several majestic waterfalls and famed fishing waters. It should be noted that good things don't come easy and this route is not for those fearful of big lakes or unwilling to portage. A Fly-in option is available which can shave up to two days off your travel time.

Route Details:
Days Needed: 5+
Difficulty: (easy-moderate-challenging-rugged)  
   Shortest Trip Challenging to Rugged
   Longest Trip Challenging to Rugged
Possible Entry Points: 7

Recommended Outfitting Packages:
If you are going to take the shortest route our Ultra-Light Package will be more than enough. If you intend to take the longest route and get back into the wilderness you will want the lighter Kevlar Explorer Package.

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When planning a route into the wilderness you must first know how many days you want to travel versus layover. An example would be a 7-day trip with 5 travel days and 2 layover days. You will also need to decide what you want to do...this can be fishing, site-seeing, swimming, photography, adventure travel (lots of miles), or just RELAXATION.

Call Today and set up a trip!  1-800-777-8574
We will walk you through the whole trip planning process - make route suggestions, gear suggestions and even secure all your permits for you. We will map your route, pack your equipment, pack your food and give you a complete trip orientation upon your arrival. Don't wait, Call today and let your Boundary Waters Vacation begin!


Above: route #5
map not for navigational use

This map is only an artistic representation of the area and does not show all of the lakes, rivers or portages.

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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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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
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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.