Check out the photos of my week long trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. This was my third trip to the Boundary Waters and I would gladly go back many more times. We brought most of our own gear and food this time, only choosing to have the outfitter (Canadian Border Outfitters) provide us with our canoes. On previous trips, we’ve had them fully outfit us with tents, sleeping bags, food, and everything else. They do an awesome job.
To get to the outfitter, you first fly to Minneapolis, MN and then take a short flight to Duluth, MN. The outfitter can pick you up at the airport in a big van and then drive about 2 hours north to Ely where their base is. Once there, they have a bunkhouse and other lodging for before and after your trip. They also have a restaurant that serves all 3 meals and a shop for any last minute trip items as well as souvenirs.
To start our trip, we loaded our canoes and gear onto the motorized towboat and got a ride to the end of the lake and the edge of the area where motors are allowed. From that point on we were dependent on our own paddle power.
We took it easier on this trip than on previous ones. On our first trip we racked up over 50 miles. This time we set up a base camp and stayed in one place for several days before relocating to another. Either can make for a fun trip depending on what you are up for.
We caught lots of fish this trip and were treated to beautiful scenery. There was also some rain and bugs.
Check out the photos.