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About Boundary Waters

Boundary Waters-Ely Minnesota-River Point Outfitting Co

"Paddle the Quiet Side"®

Your Boundary Waters Connection Starts With

 River Point Outfitting Co.

The famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area is the ultimate wilderness adventure experience. Located in the northern third of the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota, and bordered by Canada, the Boundary Waters of Minnesota has over a million acres of clear lakes and deep green pine forests, and is unlike any other wilderness area in the world. Its rugged scenic beauty allows one to capture the spirit of this natural place -- often calling it "God's Country."

Hundreds of lakes, dot the vast Boundary Waters, so many, that some are yet to be named. This magnificent area, created during the last glacial period, and abundant with numerous species of wildlife, birds, game fish, and a great variety of wildflowers challenges the senses and urges one to explore and experience as only the canoeist can.

Amazing wilderness in the Boundary Waters-serenity

"Away From It All Wilderness"™

Boundary Waters Minnesota Canoe Trips: Paddling through this same vast wilderness first inhabited by the Indians, the Voyageurs, settlers in search of new homes, and finally the mineral prospectors and loggers, one senses a bonding with the past.

There are literally hundreds of routes joined together by waterways and portages in the Boundary Waters. The paddler searching for wilderness adventure travel can canoe those same routes used by the early people that populated this rugged wilderness.

Boundary Waters canoe trip with friends

One can still view the ancient Indian pictographs, or pictures, on the sheer granite cliffs connecting the unending bodies of water in the Boundary Waters. The images depict life long ago, and let you imagine what life was like then and marvel at the wonder of it.

This and more awaits those who wish to experience a wilderness adventure overnight in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. To insure the beauty of this place, there are no homes or roads allowed and motorized watercraft is not allowed in the interior lakes.

There are hundreds of designated Boundary Waters campsites for overnight stays, offering you privacy and solitude during your wilderness canoe trip adventure.

Evening beauty of the Boundary WatersThe backpacker, birdwatcher, wildlife adventurer, and photographer all can find peaceful tranquility in this wonderful wilderness travel area of the Boundary Waters. Hearing the mournful call of a loon in the evening when the lake is as calm as glass or watching a soaring bald eagle high above the tree line is a special experience.

Attentive Boundary Waters paddlers and watchful photographers may be rewarded with sighting a fleet white tail deer, the many antics of a playful beaver, the sleek movement of the otter and fox, or the protectiveness of the mother black bear with her new cubs -- just make sure you give mom and her cubs lots of space, should you spy them!

Boundary Waters Fishing:  It's hard to put into words the thrill of landing a mouth-watering golden walleye, enduring a challenging fight with a northern pike, matching wits with the feisty smallmouth bass, or netting a huge lake trout. If you are an avid angler, the possibility of enjoying these and other species, such as crappies, bluegills, stream trout, and largemouth bass, await you on your fabulous wilderness adventure.

Nothing can describe the aroma and taste of fresh fish sizzling in the frying pan, and some of the very best lakes for catching them are those set aside just for canoe travel. So if you are into fishing, the Boundary Waters BWCA may be just the place for you.

Boundary Waters fishing

Spring, summer, or early fall, the changing forest wilderness will offer you a full spectrum of experiences to sample. Plants offer succulent berries for the picking, and the tall splendor of the stately conifer trees offer shade and an opportunity to view the many creatures and birds that make these magnificent trees their home.

Consider a spring or fall camping trip adventure in Minnesota's Boundary Waters when the solitude of the wilderness is even more intense. If you are searching for a time to reflect, relax, and revitalize, the Boundary Waters canoe trips wilderness adventure may be right for you.

The Boundary Waters wilderness is home to a myriad of birds

With the beauty and peacefulness of the wilderness surrounding you, it becomes easy to see why, once you have tasted the sweetness of this incredible place you desire to return again and again with your camera, ever-ready to capture magical memories to share until the next visit to the Boundary Waters wilderness of Minnesota!


Canoe trip season begins in mid May and ends in later September. June through early September is an excellent time for family canoe trips because of the fair weather, and is an overall good time for walleye, northern pike, and smallmouth bass fishing. May, June, late August, and early to mid September are the best walleye and bass fishing times, have far fewer people along the canoe trip routes, and have cooler temperatures.

Relaxing in a hammock on a lazy afternoon in the BWCA

Trophy northern are more active from mid-May to mid-June and early to mid September, and the fall colors are spectacular. The last two weeks of June and first two weeks of July typically have as pleasant weather as later in July and into early August, and have less people using the Boundary Waters BWCA wilderness.

Consider this time as a good option for your wilderness adventure, as well as early to mid September when the forest turns to crimson-and-gold. However, expect cooler nights in September. Also, expect quickly changing weather patterns and much cooler water temperature.

The evenings in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota are cooler, so mosquitoes and other bugs are less of a bother than one might think, especially when using today's outstanding insect repellents. Head-nets and other protective clothing items are available for sale in the Wolf Den Gift Shop at our lake-base near Ely, Minnesota.


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Boundary Waters can’t be done with out portaging.

WHAT ABOUT FISHING... Remember to pack only the tackle you truly will use, and keep it light and in a small container that can be easily carried. A full line of tackle to catch the varieties of fish that are in the Boundary Waters wilderness is available at River Point.

Portaging is part of a Boundary Waters trip, and keeping your personal and fishing gear to only the essentials is important, as you must carry what you pack.

When you arrive current information about what the fishing action has been like will be offered, so that you can be successful. Spoons, spinner baits, Rapalas, jigs, spinners, rubber worms, hula poppers, steel leaders, sinkers, and large casting lures are items you should have in your tackle box.

Live bait is recommended for best Boundary Waters fishing-- leeches and night crawlers, are normally readily available in the on-site Bait & Tackle shop.

Spin casting, regular casting rods, and fly rods are great. Consider 10-20 pound test line for casting and 6-12 pound test line for spinning. There should be a balance of weight between the rod, reel, and the line you choose.

Maps—pretty important for Boundary Waters travel

During your orientation and wilderness adventure routing session at our base, we will highlight good fishing spots on the waterproof maps along the canoe adventure route chosen for you. We will also evaluate the tackle, rod, and reel you may have brought

Boundary Waters-Ely, Minnesota MN-River Point Outfitting Co

...Paddle the Quiet Side®...

 River Point Outfitting Co. 

Ely, Minnesota

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