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Wilderness Kayaking in Ely, MN

For vacationers who like the idea of traveling by water, surrounded by the beauty only nature can provide, wilderness kayaking is for you.

Moving across the water in a kayak is different than canoeing. In a kayak, you sit lower than a canoe, legs in front of you, using a double-bladed paddle. Because of its range and adaptability, a wilderness kayak is useful for other outdoor activities such as fishing, wilderness camping and exploration.

Wilderness kayaking has several advantages over canoeing, such as speed, agility, weather protection and just a general thrill factor!

Get ready to hit the water with wilderness kayaking

If you’ve never been wilderness kayaking before, one of our canoe outfitters can help outfit you with the equipment you need and even assist in training you with the basics so your wilderness kayaking experience is comfortable and safe.

Ely, MN is a top wilderness kayaking destination because of its access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), in the northern portion of the Superior National Forest. There are more canoe and kayaking outfitters in Ely than anywhere else in the world.

The BWCAW contains more than 1,000 lakes varying in size from 10 acres to 10,000 acres, over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites. The unique combination of wildlife and weather in Ely, MN will make your wilderness kayaking experience unforgettable!

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