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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 van transport

Land and Water Transport

Boundary Waters Land and Water Transport

River Point Outfitting Co.    Ely, Minnesota

Paddle the Quiet Side®


Boarding a van for a transport into the Boundary Waters

Entry and Exit Point Van Transport

Completely outfitted canoe groups of River Point Outfitting Co. are provided with van transport to and from most of the Ely area entry points as a part of their Boundary Waters BWCA canoe trip package. A small transport fee is assessed for just five of the entry/exit points in the Ely area for guests of River Point Outfitting Co. that have reserved a Completely Outfitted Package. However, due to higher gas prices, a van gas surcharge is assessed on all transports.

Partially Outfitted canoe groups may want to secure the services of River Point Outfitting Co. to provide entry point van transport on the first day of the Boundary Waters canoe trip, as well as exit point van transport back to River Point. There are fees assessed to Partially Outfitted groups who desire this service. 

It is possible to paddle back to River Point from 11 of the Ely area BWCA entry points and exit points with the help of a gentle downstream current on the South Kawishiwi River, entry point #32. River Point's strategic water-based location is ideal for those wishing to feel a sense of accomplishment, and save on van transport fees by "paddling back".

Van Rates are per vehicle for transport each way per entry permit.

Easy van transport to the BWCA entry point

Partial Outfitting Special Savings: When the Partial Outfitting costs total a minimum group trip amount of $200, the following transport fees apply. If your group's total rental does not meet the $200 minimum, the partial outfitting transport fees listed are doubled.

Meeting the minimum $200 requirement is easy. For example, renting two aluminum canoes for a 5-day trip meets the minimum.


Complete Outfitting

Partial Outfitting

Destination Rates indicated are One-Way Transport per permit group
Isabella Lake



Lake One free $35
Gabbro Lake free free
So. Kawishiwi free free
Kawishiwi Lake $90 $130
Island River free $55
Farm Lake free $25
Snowbank Lake free $40
Moose River Portage North $50 $85
Indian Sioux $50 $85
Stuart River                          $50         $85
Mudro Lake $30 $60
Moose Lake free $35
Burntside Lake (Crab) free $25
No. Kawishiwi free $35
Wood Lake free $35
Little Isabella free $55
Hog Creek $90 $130
Bog Lake free $55
Snake River free $55
Fall Lake Campground free $30
Ely Airport

complimentary shuttle to and from River Point between 8:00 am - 6:00 pm daily

  • Transport fees indicated above are for the van with driver.
  • Gasoline surcharge is additional, and applies on all transports, except Ely Airport. Call or email for current rates for specific entry/exit points.
  • River Point van service is for guests renting packages/equipment. If a permit group is made up of persons renting RPO equipment, the rates indicated apply. If the same permit group has other members who bring all their own equipment and canoes, and do not rent a minimum of one canoe from RPO, a fee of $10/person per transport applies.
  • Delta Airlines provides daily flight service to Mpls./St. Paul, Duluth, and Hibbing.
  • United Airlines provides daily flight service to Mpls./St. Paul and Duluth International Airports.
  • Rates subject to change

*Fees indicated are for one-way transport per permit group.

A beautiful ending to a glorious day in the Boundary Waters near Ely, Minnesota
Towboat Transport

Towboat service is water transport in the Boundary Waters with a motorized boat for you and your equipment. This service saves you paddling time by allowing your group to move further into the interior of the wilderness on your first travel day from our Ely, Minnesota base. However, it is almost exclusively used with only the Moose Lake entry point for Boundary Waters canoe trips.

Prices are one-way per person. Rates subject to change without notice.

Entry Point Cost
 Ensign*  $26
 Indian Portage*  $28
 Prairie Portage*  $28
 Washington Island**  $65
 Back Bay Portage**  $75

*2 Person Minimum
 **3 person minimum


Transportation by van to and from other entry points not indicated is available with a minimum of 3 persons. Please call for rate information. Van gas surcharge may apply dependent upon gas prices.

Boundary Waters Land and Water Transport-River Point Outfitting Co.-Ely MN


Paddle the Quiet Side®

 River Point Outfitting Co.     Ely Outfitters™

Ely, Minnesota

If you would like more information, or you are ready to make a reservation, please use our on-line form, send us an e-mail or call 1-800-456-5580  or 1-218-365-6604

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