River Point Outfitting Testimonial Video
...created by Carol and Jim McDowall, Libertyville, IL
River Point Resort has been owned by same "Koschak" family since 1944. Guests return year after year to enjoy our part of the North Woods, and to recharge, and relax in the natural ambiance of River Point's amazing wilderness peninsula. Following are just some of the many wonderful testimonials provided for your perusal.
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"The Perfect Trip
"Hi Jane! Let me start by saing Dawson and i had such a great time in the Boundary Waters! It was the perfect trip before he heads off to college and becomes too busy for his Dad! We really appreciated the hospitality of you, Steve, and the rest of your staff. Thanks!"
~David H., Ballwin, MN
"Great Resort and Outfitter!" 5 of 5 Stars
"We recently used River Point Resort as our outfitter for 5 days in the Boundary Waters. We spent the night prior to and immediately after our trip at the resort as well, so this covers both the resort facilities and outfitting service.
As an outfitter, River Point supplied us with high end equipment, great food choices, and their personal knowledge about the best lakes for us to go to given our desires for our Boundary Waters vacation. We appreciated their input and tips on what lakes were best for fishing as well as some of the history and characteristics of different lakes. Thanks to River Point, we enjoyed an amazing five days in the Boundary Waters.
After the 5 days in the woods, it was really nice to come back sto the very clean and comfortable Villa we rented for welcome showers, air conditioning, and lots of clean towels. The resort itself is beautiufl, with nice landscaping, two great swimming beaches with floating docks and nice sand which we enjoyed.
In our many interactions with the staff both before our trip and during our time at the resort, we found everyone to be incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Every interaction we had was positive and genuine, from the friendly welcome and beer with check in (despite the fact that it was just 5 minutes before they closed for the day), to the outfitters who explained our gear and helped us choose a route. Both of our drivers to/from our entrance point were fantaastic - when we were picked up from our time on the lakes - we were hot, sweaty, and desperate for a stop at Dairy Queen for something cold. Not only did the driver happily oblige, he also stopped for us to get a few cold beers to enjoy back at the resort. Awesome service was VERY much appreciated. A big thanks fo Jane, who welcomed us back to civilization by ensuring our Villa was nice and cold with lots of towels upon our return.
I would happily choose River Point again, for outfitting services or for a stay at the beautiful resort, and can't thank then enough for their knowledge and hospitality while traveling with my family."
~Lou G., Driggs, ID
"They focused on all the little details...
“Ely Outfitters [River Point Outfitting Co.] helped us with all the details of our Boundary Waters trip, from packing things we never would have thought to bring (but ended up appreciating having) to helping us plan a route that worked for our fitness levels and sightseeing goals. They focused on all the little details so that my wife and I could focus on having a great vacation with each other.
Our Boundary Waters trip was just the wilderness adventure my wife and I were hoping for; the folks at Ely Outfitters made sure we were ready for it!”
~Steven and Lisa Zittergruen, Swedesburg, IA
"Thanks again for the great hospitality and great outfitting...
As an occasional visitor to the BWCA, I searched for an experienced outfitter to meet all my trip planning needs. River Point made our canoe trip easy and memorable. A family-run business, they took pride in providing personalized service, high-quality canoes and gear, and expert trip-planning advice. They even warned us to be on the lookout for bears prowling for our food, which sure enough came true when a bear visited our campsite three times, but left hungry! Beyond outfitting, River Point also had clean accommodations for before and after our BWCA adventure, and even knew the best restaurants to hit around Ely.
We took many photos, including some really beautiful shots of different lakes and scenes from our 3-day trip. We used our photos to make a photobook for each member of our group. Also, one of our photos you took for us at River Point was published in the community newspaper, the Kirkwood Webster Times. Thanks again for the great hospitality and great outfitting services. Looking forward to my next trip!”
~Bill Salzman., David P., Tom T., and Paul G., St. Louis, MO
"Thanks again for a memorable time
“Greetings…Enclosed is a CD of photos from our family trip over Labor Day and also of the “girlfriends” trip in July. Thanks again for a memorable time, your wonderful hospitality, and your knowledge of it with us. Our family truly enjoyed your beautiful area and plan on making it an annual event. Gentle blessings!”
~Don, Karen, Jessica, Ryan, & Sam Monk., Eden Prairie, MN
"Feels like we've known you forever.
“Greetings, Jane, Steve, James & the Crew at River Point!!! Wow…I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for another magnificent stay & journey at River Point in 2010. Thank you so much for your hospitality and smiles all the time—feels like we’ve known you forever. We certainly let our minds start the journey, left all thoughts of the world behind, let our soul take us where we wanted to be, closed our eyes and let our spirit start to soar----woohoo what a journey it was. As I stated before and will always state this, where you live is called ‘God’s Country,’ the beauty says it all.”
~Paddlin’ Buddies: Karen Monk, Amy Carda, Laura, Suz Ringhofer, Eden Prairie, Red Wing, MN
“I think that my husband Daniel and I may hold the record for annual outings in the Boundary Waters courtesy of Jane and Steve of River Point,
and/or for distance traveled to reach our vacation destination. We made our first trip to Ely in 1991, after dropping off our youngest daughter for a week of sleep-away camp in northern Wisconsin. We loved it so much that we have come back every year since. This year, 2010, we are celebrating our 10th annual paddle in the Boundary Waters!
Given that we are anything but local – in order to get to the Boundary Waters, we first fly from Miami to Minneapolis and then do the 5-hour drive up to Ely - we have really appreciated River Point’s wonderful support for all aspects of our outing, from the provision of the most reliable and up-to-date equipment to their expert routing to their making a bunkhouse room available to us as our staging area/sleeping accommodation for the night before we put in.
Given that I had very limited canoeing experience prior to our first visit to the Boundary Waters, paddling on the open water, orienteering, and portaging were new experiences for me. The fact that River Point provided us with excellent maps and routing suggestions, as well as very good equipment (i.e., via the deluxe package, a really manageable and lightweight Kevlar canoe, great packs with hip belts, a clean, commodious, and easy-to-use tent, super-comfortable Therm-a-rest pads, etc.), really made my first wilderness canoeing experience very easy and anxiety-free. Of course, we still had to deal with the challenges of finding our way, portaging, and combating the insects (they were worse that year than any year since – our trial by fire, so to speak!), but those were the ones we looked forward to and dealt with quite well. What we DIDN’T want were problems with our equipment – and we had none of those whatsoever.
Every year when we are at River Point, we exchange updates with Jane and Steve on our respective kids - and now, grandkids! - and share tales of our and other River Point clients’ adventures in the wilderness. Each return to River Point is like a little family reunion.
Thanks so much to River Point for 10 years of wonderful paddling.”
~Batya Elbaum and Daniel Messinger, Miami, FL
“Just to let you know…we had an outstanding time.
Special thanks for matching our guide Steve to the group. He was great. Steve has boundless energy, with a great Steve Irwin (Chocodile Hunter) outdoors way to him. I believe that Steve learned all of our names, or at least handled it well considering that, out of 7 of us, 5 names start with a “J”. He also had us doing a fair portion of the work, which is what I was looking for from the beginning and felt would be necessary for a group of our size.
I figured out that we traveled 21.5 miles That doesn’t count the canoeing around for fishing. With the headwinds we faced on the 2nd and 4th days, that was quite a lot of canoeing and a real feeling of accomplishment for our first trip of this type for the group.
Thanks for answering all of my questions during the process, for the excellent gear and canoes..and for all the wonderful food. Did not think we would eat so well out in the “bush.” That really make it work.”
~Jeff Breindel, Kensington, CT
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