Epic Paddling Adventures

Leave the world Behind On an Epic Trip In a Paddler’s Paradise

Boundary Waters Quetico Ely Hunter Island

Hunter Island - the ultimate Epic BWCA Route

Paddlers have been coming to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) and Quetico wildernesses for nearly a century. Here, they enjoy some of the best paddling in the most beautiful place in the world. With over 2 million acres with 2,000 interconnected lakes, the possibilities for wilderness canoe travel are endless.  The fabled Hunter Island route is epic. Of course, there are no prescribed “Hours of Operation.” No schedule to keep. This is wilderness camping and paddling the way it was done 100 years ago (with a few modern conveniences added).

Wilderness Expeditions

Whether you desire to canoe 30 miles or 300, we can accommodate you. Guests on an Epic trip usually will pack up every morning and canoe on to the next site, paddling and portaging from one lake to the next. For these trips, the fun is in the travel, adventure and challenge. They love to paddle in to new country to experience the magnificent natural wonders that abound in this true wilderness area.

We have all the right gear and equipment to facilitate these trips. Also, we are experts in Ultra-lightweight canoe camping. We provide Kevlar canoes, filling and tasty trail food and durable, compact camping gear. These are the essential ingredients for safe and comfortable wilderness travel.

williams and hall outfitters ely bwca

What Does Outfitting Mean In Canoe Country?

Many experienced paddlers are not exactly sure what a canoe country “Outfitter” can do for them. We live in a “do it yourself” age. No one wants to pay for things they don’t need, or feel like they have been taken advantage of. So let’s talk for just a moment about what it is that a canoe outfitter can help you with.

Six Ways We Help

First, we will help you come up with a plan for your canoe trip. This is THE key to a great canoe trip. In a 2 million acre wilderness area with 2,000+ lakes, it really helps to have someone that can tell you about different canoe routes and conditions. We help direct you to areas where you are most likely to satisfy your expectations.

Second, we will help secure your entry permits for you.  We facilitate all the paperwork requirements, e.g. Remote Area Border Crossing documents, fishing licenses, etc. True, you can obtain these on your own. But often times there are glitches in the various systems and bureaucracies. We are experienced at helping resolve these sticky issues.

Canoes and Equipment

Third, we have the right canoes for canoe country. Importantly, these canoes are equipped the right way, with appropriate canoe seats and portage yokes. You do NOT want to be out in woods and have your canoe fall apart. NOT GOOD!

Fourth, we have a complete array of gear and equipment for your camping trip. We have the best in tents, sleeping bags, air mattresses, packs, tarps, cooking gear, stoves and basically anything else you need to go camping in a very unforgiving wilderness area.

Great Food

Fifth, we can provide all your food for the canoe trip. We have the best menu of trail food available. It includes fresh food such as steaks, bacon, and eggs. It also has a wide variety of some of the best freeze-dried food available. You simply fill out a menu and submit it online. The food is packed and ready for you when you get here.

Sixth, we serve as a great base of operations for your canoe trip. We can provide first and last night lodging in our bunkhouse, dinner and breakfast in our dining room, transportation to and from your canoe entry points.

We Are Your Safety Net

Finally, we are your safety net. Our most serious responsibility is to make sure our guests are armed with all the information they need to complete a safe and fun canoe trip. And, we have a parking lot where you can leave your vehicle. We coordinate any messages that come from folks back home. Should there be any problems in the woods, we are here to make sure all the help you need gets to you.