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Canoe Tow Service and Van Transportation

Our Canoe Country Lodge sits on the edge of Moose Lake right at the entrance to the Boundary Waters and Quetico wildernesses, about 20 miles outside of Ely. From our lodge many routes can be easily accessed. However, some of these routes may require a canoe tow or van ride from our lodge.

Canoe Tow Service Gives You a Headstart

To be sure, you can paddle right into the Boundary Waters from our dock. However, you may want a bit of a head start. Our tow service allows you to get deeper into the heart of the Boundary Waters and Quetico more quickly on the first day of your adventure.

We have a large private fleet of canoe tow boats that leave from our dock every morning. Our tow boats are specially outfitted motorboats that allow us to take your canoes, gear and you to the edge of the no-motor zone of the wilderness. You eliminate about a half day of paddling on the large choppy lakes where the BWCA begins. We can also tow your party to the Quetico Ranger Station at Prairie Portage.

We can also arrange to pick your party up at the end your trip and tow you back to our lodge. We agree on a pre-determined time and location to pick you up.

Tow departure and pick-up times are customized to each customer’s needs.

Per Person Each Way (Minimum tow charge 2 person rate):

Entry Point Complete Outfitting Partial Outfitting
Ensign Portage $23.00 $28.00
Prairie Portage/Birch Lake $26.00 $33.00
Lincoln Island $87.00 $103.00
Back Bay $97.00 $120.00

10% Discount on round trip tows. Youth 15 and under 1/2 price when accompanied by a parent. 3% USFS User Fee on US tows.

Van Transportation to Surrounding Lakes

Given the unique location of our lodge, several excellent canoe routes originate on lakes in our area. When your route does not originate on Moose Lake, Williams and Hall has multiple vehicles to take you to your launch point. We can also pick you at an arranged time and location at the end of your adventure.

Per Vehicle Each Way:

Entry Point Complete Outfitting Partial Outfitting
Lake One no charge $25.00
Snowbank Lake no charge $40.00
Wood/Ojibway no charge $25.00
Fall Lake $25.00 $60.00
Mudro Lake $130.00 $155.00
Nina-Moose Lake $180.00 $205.00

For those flying into Hibbing, Duluth or Minneapolis airports, we can supply the names and numbers of local taxis and car rentals. Please contact our office for more details.