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PO Box 397
12007 River Point Road
Ely, Minnesota 55731



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Global Position

N 47°  47.996'
W 091°  46.596'

Elevation at River Point's Marina on Birch Lake:  1455' MSL

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

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Boundary Waters canoe trips

Why Choose River Point?

BWCA Outfitter-River Point Outfitting Co.


Why Choose River Point Outfitting Co.?

Ely Outfitters™ 

Ely, Minnesota

A Tradition of Outfitting Excellence Since 1944

Paddle the Quiet Side®

Owned by the Same "Koschak" Family for 74 years

River Point Outfitting Co. is a lake-based BWCA outfitter on the southeastern edge of the Boundary Waters, and just 8.5 miles southeast of Ely, Minnesota on Hwy. #1, a short 10 minute drive from downtown Ely.

Choosing River Point Outfitting Co., in Ely, Minnesota MN is your best choice of the top BWCA outfitters. The reasons are many:

Boundary Waters canoe trips outfitter-River Point


Unique, Lake-Based Location just 10 minutes from Ely, Minnesota

"River Point Outfitting Co. is located on Birch Lake at the bend where the South Kawishiwi River enters the lake...Much of 7000 acre Birch Lake is within the Superior National Forest, and the Kawishiwi River flows into the BWCA...With a water highway into the Boundary Waters wilderness, River Point seems a practical location..." says Boundary Waters Journal Magazine.

Where is River Point?

Location of River Point Outfitting Co. near the Boundary Waters
River Point:  Selecting this BWCA outfitter gives you a unique water-based location to begin your trip.

River Point is the only one of the BWCA outfitters in the Ely area located on its own private, secluded wilderness peninsula with a mile of shoreline providing "doorstep" water access to and from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area BWCA.

Spending time the day before the start of your Boundary Waters canoe trip in the beauty of this wilderness site, in the heart of the Superior National Forest, adds to the overall enjoyment of your adventure.

Paddling the Boundary Waters

River Point has the strategic distinction of being the only Boundary Waters canoe trips outfitter in Ely, Minnesota located on Birch Lake and the South Kawishiwi River, entry point #32--a premier and pristine waterway into the Boundary Waters. .


River Point Outfitting Co.-elyoutfitters-is the only BWCA outfitter with direct paddle access to and from eleven entry points in the Ely/Isabella area.


At River Point, we specialize in trips on the:

Portage signs for Boundary Waters canoe trips

  • North Kawishiwi River/Ojibway Lake
  • South Kawishiwi River
  • Farm Lake
  • Snowbank Lake
  • Island River
  • Isabella Lake
  • Gabbro Lake
  • Isabella Lake
  • Little Isabella River
  • Hog Creek
  • Kawishiwi Lake
  • Snake River
  • Lake One Chain of Lakes


You may enter the Boundary Waters canoe area wilderness BWCA from any of these entry points and paddle downstream back to River Point, making it the best choice for your "Paddle the Quiet Side"® Boundary Waters canoe trip.

River Point's secluded water-based location also allows flexibility in servicing all other Ely area entrance points including:

Boundary Waters canoeing with glacial formed granite cliffs and rocks

  • Little Indian Sioux River-North
  • Stuart River
  • Moose Portage River North
  • Mudro Lake
  • Moose Lake
  • South Hegman Lake
  • Fall Lake
  • Wood Lake
  • Crab Lake

Comfortable River Point van transport to and from almost all entry points is complimentary for completely outfitted groups.

"Superb equipment, food, and service.
Now we know what it means
to 'Paddle the Quiet Side®'
Thanks for everything!"

- Rob and Betty S., Kansas City, MO

Expansive lakes lie in the Boundary Waters



You can depend on our years of wilderness experience
and our
"Paddle the Quiet Side®" location



Happy River Point Outfitting Co. canoeist





River Point Outfitting Co.'s tradition of excellence as one of the finest BWCA outfitters, in business since 1944, has won the approval and recommendation of major national press publications such as:

  • Travel + Leisure magazine
  • Good Housekeeping magazine
  • Midwest Living magazine
  • Germany's Lufthansa magazine
  • The Boundary Waters Journal
  • Outside Traveler Magazine:  Boundary Waters Wolf Watch article
  • CBS Early Show: Only BWCA canoe trip outfitter to be featured on national TV for its outstanding canoe trips, including guided canoe trips
  • Midwest Living Magazine showcased the "Taste of the North Woods"  package

Refer to In The News for more details.

National Press recognition has to be earned. River Point Outfitting Co. is proud to be recognized by so many national and international magazines and writers.

When you outfit with River Point, you will be...
"Paddling the Quiet Side"


River Point Outfitting Company is family-owned and operated under the same "Koschak" family name since 1944, and excellent service is second nature. Longevity like this doesn't occur very often, but when a family LOVES what they do, it can happen.

River Point Outfitting Co. owners assist with all Boundary Waters canoe trip preparations.

Owner, Jane Koschak, greets guests.

Personal owner attention geared to the enjoyment and satisfaction of your wilderness vacation is always upper most in our minds. Dedicated to covering every detail of your trip, your Boundary Waters canoe trips outfitters-River Point Outfitting Co.- will be in tune with your needs.

From the initial interaction you will discover we give honest, forthright answers to your questions. We take the time with the details of your trip with courteous and attentive professional dialogue throughout the planning.

When you arrive at River Point your party can decide on what route you wish to use from the permit entry point reserved. It may take a hour or so for expert staff to orientate you to the specifics of your route and to go over everything in detail on large scale maps.

A review of the portages, campsites, cooking techniques, how to pitch a tent, how to find dry firewood, good fishing holes, wildlife you are likely to see, and much more is discussed.

Whether you are a photographer, fisherperson, birdwatcher, backpacker, wildlife adventurer, historian, or just want the peace and quiet of the Boundary Waters, the planning session continues until most everything has been covered.

Your BWCA Outfitter - River Point Outfitting Co. - has you covered!

Prior to arriving at River Point you may choose to prepare yourself further by reading about the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and wilderness camping. Check out your local library for books and videos, and check out the web.


"I wanted to take a moment to tell you Thanks. Boy Scout Troop 51 had a wonderful time. You did a fantastic job in outfitting all of us.

We have several families that are talking about coming up as families and doing the canoe trip. My personal family is one of them. They want to bring me and the grandparents back to your beautiful facility. I look forward to working with you in the future and will recommend you to all Scouts in our area. Thanks again."

                        -Rebecca S., Troop 51, Gellette, WY

Boundary Waters bald eagle
Bald Eagle Perched Above Its Nest


With the "Comfort Plus"™ Complete Outfitting Package, featuring kevlar canoes and many creature comforts for Boundary Waters canoe trip travel, you will surely travel in comfort.

Time to shove off into the Boundary Waters

The terrific Family Super Saver Package provides, as Good Housekeeping Magazine says, "the best canoeing vacation bargain" for mom, dad, youth and children age 17 and under.

Repeat guest discounts, a discounted rate for seniors, 63 and older, spring and fall discounts, military "thank you" gift certificates, and special group pricing for non-profit youth organizations are offered.

Boundary Waters canoe outfitters:  River Point Outfitting Co.

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River Point Resort shares the mile of scenic shoreline on a private wilderness peninsula on Birch Lake and the Kawishiwi River and is adjacent to the River Point Outfitting Co. base.

Wolf Den Gift Shop at River Point Outfitting Co.

Office & Wildwood Lodge   
Snack and beverage bar in River Point's Wildwood Lodge

The perfect wilderness resort vacation. You may sample the vast Boundary Waters BWCA by being outfitted for canoe camping for a few days and also enjoy lodging options at River Point Resort for a few days.

A resort vacation for the first part of your trip is a good suggestion, followed by the camping portion. This allows for time at the resort to acclimate you to the great northern Minnesota lakes and to orientate you for your wilderness Boundary Waters canoe trip adventure.

You may also want to stay a night or two at River Point Resort after the canoe trip, combined with a professional massage scheduled in nearby Ely. Massage is not only very relaxing but also great for those "sore and tired" paddling muscles! Let us schedule a massage for you.

Your BWCA outfitter and their friendly staff can help with anything.

Paddling instruction before the Boundary Waters canoe trip

River Point's secluded northern Minnesota lakefront wilderness resort setting allows you to become familiar with handling a canoe, including paddling and portaging techniques, then get down to the lake and do some practicing.


Completely outfitted guests have full access to resort facilities and amenities. Use of canoes, paddle boats, paddle boards, "sit-on-top" kayaks.

Swim at the two beaches with floating island rafts, and enjoy hiking the "Trail of Reflections."


Start or end your Boundary Waters canoeing trip with a wilderness resort stay at River Point Resort-- the choice is yours.

This option also works well with some members of the group wishing to canoe/camp in the Boundary Waters, and other members wishing to have a resort vacation near Ely, Minnesota.

With River Point, you can have both options for your group. Either choice provides additional time to reconnect with family, friends, and nature!

 Boundary Waters Canoe Trips Lodging-BWCA Lodging

Ely Outfitters™-River Point Outfitting Co.


OVERNIGHT LODGING is available at River Point Outfitting Co. for canoeing guests going into the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness. Most guests arrive the day prior to their trip to accommodate the need for orientation and final route planning, to review paddling skills, to fish, swim, and relax.

Lodging and Shower Options:

  • Lakefront Tent Camping Area, with bathroom facilities adjacent, is available at $12/night per person the night before the canoe trip. Pitch your own tent without a fee. Want RPO to pitch tents for your group? $22 for use of the Tent Camping Area and to have RPO tents pitched and ready for you. (This lodging option generally available only for Non-Profit Youth Canoe Trips.)

  • Private Bunkhouse Lodging with private entrances and twin beds are available at $19 per night per person.

  • Showers in the new ceramic tile shower houses and restroom facility are complimentary before and after the canoe trip for completely outfitted guests. Partial outfitted guests renting a canoe may enjoy a complimentary shower after the canoe trip.

NEW Lodging Option:

River Point Chalets
Beautiful, spacious one-bedroom chalets; full kitchens with electric appliances, including dishwasher, airy, light-filled living room and comfortable furnishings with designer touches, plus beautiful ceramic bath with shower. Use your private sundeck to enjoy the lake and forest views. Save by dining-in, instead of at a restaurant.

You may also select lakefront lodging in one of River Point's villas.


Completely outfitted groups renting overnight accommodations the night before the canoe trip are provided with a fresh complimentary breakfast the morning the trip begins or abundant breakfast basket for quicker start canoe trips.

Safe on-site parking is available without charge.

Other conveniences at River Point Outfitting Co. are a Guest Laundry, Bait & Tackle shop, with proven Boundary Waters outfitter lures and bait, and the Wolf Den Gift Shop offering authentic North Country gifts, souvenirs and camping necessities.

Also, available is the Wildwood Lodge featuring a snack and beverage bar, serving beer, soda, ice cream, pizza, and more.

 One of the finest BWCA Outfitters

River Point Outfitting Co.

Ely Outfitters™

Why go anywhere else?



Ely, Minnesota In The News

Midwest Living Magazine lists Ely as number 27 of 100 "BEST SMALL-TOWN GETAWAYS."

 "A wear-your-hiking-boots-to-dinner spirit energizes this jumping-off point for Boundary Waters canoe trips. Plus wolf and bear centers, resorts and chefs gone North Woodsy."

      "10 great small towns with huge backyards"


Kathy Baruffi for USA Today         

"For those who fantasize about paddling a canoe on pristine waters, surrounded by pine trees and listening to the cry of the loon from a lakeside tent, there's simply no better place to make that fantasy come true than Ely. . ." "The town, at the edge of the 1.1 million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area, . . ."


Give Ely, MN and River Point Outfitting Co.-Ely Outfitters™ a try!


Paddle the Quiet Side®

 River Point Outfitting Co.     Ely Outfitters™

Ely, Minnesota

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