Outfitting For Your Paddling Adventure

Williams and Hall, the finest BWCA outfitter, is dedicated to making your Boundary Waters or Quetico paddling adventure a memorable and safe trip of a lifetime. This only happens when you are equipped with the best canoes, equipment, and food available. We provide for all of these needs with the best products on the market.

Our BWCA Outfitter Philosophy

Portages can be the most challenging obstacle in the Canoe Country. Williams and Hall are dedicated to outfitting with “One Pack Per Person for a Seven Day Trip.” As such, one trip across the portage, not two or more. This makes the portages easier, and the easier the portages the more likely you are to go further back into the woods and find better fishing, solitude, and wildlife. Certainly, the secret is the equipment. We provide the lightest weight gear available to achieve our objective. That is why we are the premier BWCA outfitter.

Our Priority Is

Equipment Quality

The Best Canoes found in the Boundary Waters

As North America’s only BWCA outfitter specializing in ultra-lightweight outfitting, our canoes, tents, sleeping bags, packs, and food are custom made to our specifications.

We outfit with We-No-Nah Kevlar canoes. We also use lightweight Alumicraft aluminum canoes. The canoes weigh in from 42 to 65 lbs and are designed specifically for our lakes and portages. We often offer prototypes of models before they are offered to the public. We were the first outfitter to outfit with these top of the line Kevlar canoes.

And, beginning in 2015, our Ely BWCA outfitter location became the first Boundary Waters Outfitter to offer carbon fiber ultra-lightweight canoes to our customers. Weighing in at 35 lbs, these beauties created by the Savage River Canoe Company represent the finest canoes available in the Boundary Waters.  If you want it right and light, treat yourself to a week in one of these beauties.

The Best Equipment in the BWCA

We were also the first outfitter to offer the “Granite Gear” & “Kondos” Ballistics Cloth packs with controlled weight distribution, padded curved shoulder straps and hip belts. We were the first outfitter to offer Therma-Rest self-inflating sleeping pads by Cascade Design.

The Best Food

Our ultra-lightweight food is specially packed with our label by Cache Lake. Alpine Aire and Natural High. This freeze-dried food has come a long way in recent years, and you will find it represents an excellent value by saving weight and bulk without sacrificing flavor and nutrition. View the choices on our menu here.

Williams and Hall

Complete Canoe Rental and Wilderness Outfitting Packages

Ultra lightweight packageUltra Lightweight

Includes excellent equipment and food to meet all of your needs for a canoe trip in BWCAW/Quetico.

  • Alumacraft lightweight aluminum canoes with carrying yoke.
  • Paddles (straight or bent shaft)
  • Stearns life jackets
  • Slumberjack Everest Elite sleeping bags
  • Therma-rest self inflating sleeping pad (3/4 length)
  • Eureka Timberline nylon tent w/rain fly
  • Aluminum cook kit with utensils
  • Poly/vinyl dining fly
  • Aluminum griddle and large fire grate
  • Choice of ultra-lightweight food (see menu)
  • Granite Gear or Kondos packs with padded hip and shoulder pads
  • Granite Gear or Kondos food packs w/ hip and shoulder pads
  • Rope and pulley system for hanging food packs
  • Camp saw
  • Tent sweep
  • Hand trowel
  • 50′ light nylon cord
  • Optional Items:
    • Coleman 2 burner stove with fuel
    • Axe
    • Kevlar canoe additional charge of $25.00/day/canoe
# of Days
1-5 people
6-9 people
10+ people
1-4
5-8
9+
$141
$134
$121
$134
$127
$114
$121
$114
$100

Ultra Lightweight Plus Canoe PackageUltra Lightweight Plus

This is our top-of-the-line extra lightweight package. This package includes many of the options in the Ultra Lightweight Outfitting, “PLUS” some new innovations.Our PLUS package reduces the weight one has to carry over portages by at least 15 pounds per person.It includes the following upgrades from our Ultra Lightweight package.

  • State-of-the-art We-No-Nah Kevlar canoes w/carrying yoke & aluminum sling pads
  • Kelty sleeping bags
  • Therma-rest self inflating sleeping pads (full length)
  • Stainless steel nesting cook kit
  • Lightweight ripstop nylon dining fly
  • New Eureka free-standing nylon tents
  • Granite Gear pack w/padded hip and shoulder pads
  • Kondos food pack w/padded hip and shoulder pads
  • Lightweight fabric buckets
  • Lightweight Backpacking propane stove w/fuel
  • Lantern
# of Days
1-5 people
6-9 people
10+ people
1-4
5-8
9+
$167
$160
$147
$160
$152
$141
$147
$139
$127

Ultra Lightweight Plus

This is our top-of-the-line extra lightweight package. This package includes many of the options in the Ultra Lightweight Outfitting, “PLUS” some new innovations.Our PLUS package reduces the weight one has to carry over portages by at least 15 pounds per person.It includes the following upgrades from our Ultra Lightweight package.

  • State-of-the-art We-No-Nah Kevlar canoes w/carrying yoke & aluminum sling pads
  • Kelty sleeping bags
  • Therma-rest self inflating sleeping pads (full length)
  • Stainless steel nesting cook kit
  • Lightweight ripstop nylon dining fly
  • New Eureka free-standing nylon tents
  • Granite Gear pack w/padded hip and shoulder pads
  • Kondos food pack w/padded hip and shoulder pads
  • Lightweight fabric buckets
  • Lightweight Backpacking propane stove w/fuel
  • Lantern
# of Days
1-5 people
6-9 people
10+ people
1-4
5-8
9+
$167
$160
$147
$160
$152
$141
$147
$139
$127

Partial outfitting with Williams and Hall

Partial Canoe Outfitting Adventure

Have your own gear? No problem. We do partial outfitting as well as complete outfitting. We are happy to fill in the gaps in your gear and equipment. Call us at (800) 322-5837, or E-mail us at canoe@williamsandhall.com for a price quotation today.

Canoe Rental
Item
Day Rate
Watercraft
Savage River – Carbon Fiber Canoe – 2 person 35#
We-No-Nah – Kevlar Canoe – Solo 44#
We-No-Nah – Kevlar Canoe – 2 person  47#
We-No-Nah – Kevlar Canoe – 3 person  55#
We-No-Nah – Kevlar Canoe – 4 person  64#
Alumicraft – Aluminum Canoe – 2person 62#
Alumicraft – Aluminum Canoe – 3person 75#
Complete Fishing Package
(16′ 3 Pedestal Seat Lund w/25hp E-Tech Motor)
Marine Gas (per/gallon)
Seat Backs
*Canoe Yokes
*Paddles
*Life Jackets
57.00
46.00
49.00
51.00
55.00
33.00
35.00
35.00
135.00
Market
2.00
1.80
2.00
2.00

*No charge with canoe or boat rental

Item
Day Rate
Tent
Eureka Outfitter
Upgrade
Tarp
20.00
23.00
3.00
Sleeping Gear
Sleeping Bags
Therma-Rest Sleeping Pads
Folding Cots
7.00
7.00
9.00
Packs
Equipment
Food
Food Pack Liners
6.00
6.00
3.00
Food
Complete Ultra Lightweight Menu w/pack (per person/day)
45.00
Misc. Items
Ax/sheath
Cook Kit – complete (per person)
Fuel (Stove/Lantern) per quart
Fire Grate
Griddle
Lantern – Gas
Saw
Shovel
Stove-single burner
Stove-double burner
4.80
4.00
1.50
2.40
2.50
3.60
2.40
0.60
4.00
7.50

NOTE: All rates subject to applicable taxes. Minimum partial outfitting charge is $50.00 Deposit for partial outfitting is $100.00.

Get In Contact With Williams And Hall For Your Next BWCA Canoe Adventure

If you need help making a reservations or with any of the above areas for trip planning Contact or call 218.365.5837 our lodge in Ely Minnesota. Also, check out our archive of Newsletters for great tips and wilderness advice. Our Gallery can also give you a sense of the beauty of the Boundary Waters and Quetico.