BWCAW Outfitters

Find Minnesota outfitters among the listings below. Ely, Minnesota is home to many canoe outfitters who can take care of all your equipment needs for your canoe trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park. Our Minnesota canoe outfitters can show you all the BWCAW entry points, suggest routes and provide you with rental canoes, tents, gear and food packing and more.

Minnesota canoeing is more than a hobby in Ely.  In fact, Ely is known to many as the Canoe Capital of the World. Up here, it's a way of life. With the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness right in our back yard and access to Canada's Quetico Provincial Park, Ely is the gateway to the ultimate canoer's paradise! If you're going to go canoeing in Minnesota, then Ely should top your destination bucket list.

Why use an outfitter for BWCAW canoe trips?

Canoeing in Minnesota

Ely, Minnesota currently boasts 22 professional canoe trip outfitters. More than just canoe & camping gear renters, an outfitter is an outdoor recreation professional. They are biologists, historians and woods-wise guides whose knowledge and love of this area will add immensely to the pleasure you’ll have on your boundary waters canoe trip.

An Ely, Minnesota outfitter will make your wilderness canoe trip worry-free by providing you with advice and specially designed lightweight food supplies and equipment. Just climb into your canoe and enjoy the scenery. A canoe trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness can be one of the most rewarding and adventurous vacations you ever take. Combine the breathtaking beauty, wildlife, fishing and just plain fun of camping, and you’ll have memories of the canoe country to last a lifetime.

Imagine the view of a summer sunset across a remote Minnesota lake with the haunting cries of a loon serenading you to sleep each night. Maybe you’ll see the northern lights from a campsite that was seemingly untouched when you landed your canoe. For many, the BWCAW means quality wilderness fishing. Your outfitter can let you know what’s biting on what lake. Fishing pressure is light on most lakes, and a short portage off the regular routes could put you into a lakes that are seldom visited or fished!

If you want a wilderness vacation where you can relish the beauty and peacefulness of one of America’s most natural areas, escape the crowds and come to Ely. Call or email an Ely, Minnesota outfitter and take home a real sense of accomplishment from your next wilderness canoeing vacation.