Boundary Waters Outfitters

Boundary Waters Outfitters
Boundary Waters Canoe Trips Personal Packing List

When it's time to put your packing list together we have a few suggestions. Review the list below and see what you need.
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

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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.

What to Pack

This is a good reference for items you may need to get if you do not have them already.

What to Pack:
We suggest you take two complete sets of clothing on your canoe trip. Wear one and pack one.

2 Pair Pants (preferably not jeans, they do not dry well when wet)
2 Long sleeve shirts
2+ Set of underwear
2+ Pair of boot-length socks
1 Pair of footwear that will be completely submerged in water (Teva/Keen/ FiveTens with covering over toes)
Lightweight shoes (for around camp)
Fleece jacket or Wool sweater
Swimming suit
Rain Gear
Towel & wash cloth
Toilet paper
Flashlight/Headlamp & spare batteries
Fishing gear & tackle - see our suggested fishing tackle list
Filet knife
First Aid kit (per group)
Insect repellant
Sun block
Matches & waterproof case
Knife (Swiss Army type or Multi-tool works well)
Water Bottles (32oz Nalgene type is best)
Water purification tablets
Insulated Mug with lid is nice for coffee drinkers
Fishing License (can purchase online at

Keep in mind, other than your toiletries there are no cans or glass bottles allowed in the Boundary Waters or Quetico Park.

If you are missing some items we have a small camp store here at the resort where you can round out your equipment needs. If you have any questions about what to pack give us a call and we will assist you.


Outfitting Packages:

Canoe Trip Outfitting
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.