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

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Boundary Waters guided canoe trips with River Point Outfitting Co.

Boundary Waters Guided Trips

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River Point Outfitting in Ely, Minnesota

"Paddle the Quiet Side"®

Boundary Waters guided canoe trips for families

Ann Z. and family from Phoenix, AZ with Pro-guide, Sam on a 4-day adventure

No list of the best in secluded wilderness vacation getaways would be complete without the Midwest's crown jewel, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness adjacent to Ely, Minnesota. Named one of the "50 Places of a Lifetime" to visit by National Geographic Traveler, this remote wilderness area stretches some 1.1 million acres across the border of northern Minnesota and Canada.

Charles Kuralt noted, "If it is absolute solitude you want, you have only to paddle far enough."

Boundary Waters Guided Trips

For a multitude of vacationers to the famous Boundary Waters, guided fishing trips are only half the reason for visiting this incredibly vast wilderness area. Adventure and exploration, and yes, relaxation and solitude are what many Boundary Waters travelers are seeking.

Good friends paddle the BWCA  with the help of a friendly River Point guide
Friends Janice K. from Huson, Mt, Ardelle F., Britton, SD, Cheryll S. from Tucson, Dawn P., Minden, NV, Mona N., Kimberty, ID, and Low S. from Rapid City, SD get together for a 6-day guided BWCA canoe trip, plus a night in Stoneridge Villa at River Point Resort

Boundary Waters guides enhances this overall experience by lending their knowledge and expertise of the dramatic history of the area, the points of interest, the flora and fauna, and the wildlife. Along your route, you will learn many tips to utilize when you are canoeing and camping in the North Woods of Minnesota and the wilderness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

 A Boundary Waters guided canoe trip is the best method to experience all the Boundary Waters BWCA has to offer.

Guides help on your Boundary Waters guided canoe trip

Your guide will teach you how to lift the canoe

Guides do a tremendous amount of teaching. You will learn how to set up and take down camp, how to pitch the tent, where and how to collect fire wood, how to make a fire and put it out, how to hang the food pack to prevent unwanted animal visitors, fishing techniques, how to clean and cook the fish over the open fire, how to properly lift the canoe onto one's shoulders, and much more. If you are attentive and a good helper, your next Boundary Waters trip could be on your own.

At River Point Outfitting Co. three types of Boundary Waters Guided Canoe Trips are offered:


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Plants of the BWCA

Sun Dew Plant
Wild Iris

River Point Outfitting Co.'s Boundary Waters guided specialty canoe trips have been featured on the CBS EARLY SHOW. Try the Wolf Howling Package for adults and family canoeing adventures as written about in OUTSIDE TRAVELER MAGAZINE.

Guided Boundary Waters Day Canoe Trips

This is the perfect option if you only have limited time in the North Country of Minnesota and want to spend it sampling the beauty and tranquility of the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area by paddling for just a day.

Serenity and beauty of your guided BWCA canoe trip

Guided Day Canoe Trips:

Our knowledgeable guides will provide an introduction to the Boundary Waters BWCA for you. The day trip may be fishing focused, or the focus may be to paddle, take pictures, and simply for the enjoyment of the incredible scenery. All necessary equipment will be provided to make this a memorable experience on your guided Boundary Waters canoe trip.

1-2  persons $350
Additional persons $55 each

Nonrefundable Deposit: $100/person

Rates are per person and include the following:

Adventures abound in the lakes of the Boundary Waters

  • Canoe
  • Life Jacket
  • Your choice of bent shaft or straight paddle
  • Live Bait (if the focus of the day is on fishing)
  • Lunch - maybe even a fish fry!
  • Van Transport to the BWCA entry point
  • Guide's Expertise

A typical day trip begins at approximately 7:30 am. Return is approximately 4 pm. You provide beverages in plastic bottles, sunscreen, bug spray, camera, and if you are going to fish, provide your own rod and reel, or rent from River Point at $6 per each.

Tax, Fishing License, Fishing Tackle and Guide Gratuity are additional. Rates subject to change. 5% Senior Citizen discount does not apply on guided trips.

Please Note:

  • Pets are not allowed on guided trips.
  • A child under the age 6 when, accompanied by a paying parent or legal guardian (minimum of two adults in the party) is not free on completely outfittedt trips that have a guide. The "6 & under free" option only applies to self-guided canoe trips.
  • Any discount, including the Senior Citizen discount, does not apply on guided trips.

...Paddle the Quiet Side®...

 River Point Outfitting Co.     Ely Outfitters™

Ely, Minnesota

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