Classic BWCA Canoe Adventures

WHY A BOUNDARY WATERS TRIP with Friends and Family?

Why have families and groups of friends been flocking to the Boundary Waters (BWCA) for nearly a century? Well obviously, it is a beautiful natural setting, but other beautiful sites can also be had. The uniqueness of this incredible area is that it is the only place where people of all ages can safely share a true wilderness adventure. Here they can spend time with each other without the myriad distractions that fill our day-to-day lives.

Where else can a group have time to visit around a campfire or in a canoe fishing for dinner? Youth have a rare opportunity to experience camping and outdoor life just as it was experienced by the early native American and the Voyageur. There is something magic that comes when everyone works together to make this type of experience happen. It becomes an adventure and not just another vacation.

Family Trips to the Boundary Waters


We have 50 years of experience at helping groups of friends and families make these trips happen. We will ask you a few questions that will help us better guide your planning. These are thoughts that you may want to discuss early in your planning.

  • First, how long do we want to be in the woods? Most groups will go for 5 to 7 days.
  • What kind of trip do we want, i.e. do we want to move camps each day; or do we want to have a more restful trip and stay at one or two campsites and explore from there?
  • Do we want or need ultra-light equipment?
  • Is fishing a big part of the trip?
  • Most importantly, what date do we want to start the trip?

Based on your response to these questions, we will help you select the appropriate permit. Once we have a permit, we will help you with all the other details. Our location, equipment, and facilities make it easy to pull off.

Family camping in the boundary waters


Our office is open 7 days a week to answer any questions and accommodate any concerns you may have.

Our location outside of Ely, MN is perfect for the start of your trip. Being on Moose Lake allows you to get a serious head start on parties serviced by other outfitters located 20 miles away. You can get up, have breakfast, walk down a flight of stairs and you are ready to go.

Our facilities are perfect for canoe trips. We have a 110-bed lodge to accommodate first and last night stays. We have a tremendous dining room that serves a wonderful breakfast and dinner every day. We have all the gear, food, and light-weight Kevlar canoes that you need right at our post.

Our transportation assets are perfect to assist you. You can arrange to have one of our shuttle boats drop you off and pick you up from your first/last wilderness portage. If you have a permit that requires vehicle drop off, one of our vans can easily deliver you to your starting point.

Our experience is the most important asset we can share with you. This business has been here on the shores of Moose Lake since 1963. We know the area and we know canoeing. We are the ultra-lightweight specialists with a fleet of Kevlar and aluminum canoes.

Our pledge is to help you and your family have a fun and safe trip.

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We have a great DVD that shows family planning and taking a canoe trip. Contact Us or Give us a call at (800) 322-5837 to obtain your free copy.