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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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Reservation Contract Form

River Point Outfitting Co. Canoe Trip Reservation Contract

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State: *
Zip Code: *
Home Phone:
Work Phone:
Cell Phone: *
E-mail Address: *
Alternate Leader: *
Zip Code:
Phone: *
Email: *

Alternate is only other person able to sign for permit.


Description of Party (check one)




Total # of persons

# of Adults (18+)




# of   Youth (12-17)




# of   Youth (11 & under)



Age Range




If there are any physical concerns or limitation of any member of your group, please describe:


Outfitting Preference & Packages  (Indicate number of persons reserving each type of outfitting/canoe options & accommodations.)

Ultralight Complete Pkg. w/Aluminum Canoe(s) :
Comfort Plus Complete Pkg. w/Kevlar Canoe(s) :

Kevlar Canoe Option

Family Super Saver Package:
5-Day Value Plus Pkg.:

7-Day Value Plus Pkg.:

Completely Outfitted Trips:

No. of Tents Desired:

Bringing Your Own Sleeping Bag(s)?

How Many Bags?
No. of extra long sleeping bags needed (6'3" and over):

Guided Day Trip:

Guided Overnight Custom Trip:

Guided 4-Day Wolf Howling Package:

Partial Outfitting:

Need Ely airport pick-up?
No. of People:
Need overnight accommodations?
Before canoe trip?
After canoe trip?
Resort Chalet/Villa:
Before Trip  
After Trip 

Bunkhouse ($19 per person)
Before Trip  
After Trip 
Tent Camping at River Point ($12 per person with own tents)
Non-Profit Youth Groups Only
Before Trip     
After Trip

Tent Camping at River Point
($22 per person with River Point tents provided) Non-Profit Groups Only

Before Trip     
After Trip
Arrival Date at RPO:
Approximate Arrival Time at RPO *
Date Canoe Trip Starts: *
Date Canoe Trip Ends: *
Total Days:
Arrival Date/Resort Stay:
Departure Date/Resort Stay:
Total Days:
Entry Point Preferred:
Alternate Entry Point:
Alternate Start Dates   
Note: It is not necessary for you to know where to go or what entry point to use.  Let us plan the trip for you and secure the travel permits.  Being flexible on dates, if possible is beneficial!

Shall we secure your BWCA travel permit(s)?
Do you need transport?
to the entry point
from the exit point
No. of people to be transported:
Have any members of your group traveled in the BWCA before? (if yes what area)

Experience & Skill Profile
   Camping Canoeing Fishing
Number of  Novices
Number w/ Some Exp.
Number  Experienced

Species of fish you wish to fish for:

Pacing of Your Trip

Moderate Speed
Fast Paced

Completely Outfitted Groups

If you are a Completely Outfitted group, do you wish RPO to pack at no charge...

Estwing Axe

Cast Aluminum Griddle

Nonrefundable Deposits:

Complete Outfitting:   $100 per person.

No. of persons

Deposit $


Partial Outfitting:   $50-$100 per person (dependent upon cost of outfitting requested).

No. of persons

Deposit $


U.S..F.S. Travel Permit Reservation Fee  (1 permit necessary for each group of up to 9 persons). RPO.

USFS Travel Permit: $10.00 per permit


U.S.F.S. User Fees:




Youth, age 1-17:


Golden Age/Access:


RPO charges a permit handling fee to secure the USFS permit and take care of all the associated paperwork related to your permit.  $8 for a complete trip; $11 for a partial trip.

Deposit/Prepayment Information:
Deposit/prepayment on Complete and Partial Outfitting canoe trips are guaranteed and nonrefundable. Deposit may be paid with Visa, M/C, Amex credit card. Your credit card will be debited upon receipt. Personal or business check and bank cashier’s check accepted as deposit/prepayment ONLY if received 20 days or more prior to arrival date.

  • Visa, M/C, Amex credit card is required for payment of the necessary US Forest Service Travel Permit and User Fees.
  • Bunkhouse, Tent Camping, Cabin, Chalet, Villa Resort Lodging reservations are prepaid prior to arrival date.
  • Contact River Point Outfitting Co. at 1.800.456.5580 to remit your credit card number for deposit/prepayment.

Repacking Charge:
A repacking charge of $50 per permit will be incurred if your party size decreases from the original reservation and notification by mail, fax, or e-mail has not been received by RPO at least 21 days prior to your Arrival/Check-In date.

Final Payment Information:
Final balance of payment due upon Registration and payable with Cash or Bank Cashier's Check.

Credit card payment is accepted for initial deposit. It is also accepted for prepayment on a “last-minute” reservation. River Point absorbs the card company "convenience fees" on these transactions.

However, if you wish to remit final payment at Registration with a credit card, it is acceptable, but the 4.5% "convenience fees" assessed by the credit card company will be passed onto you.

Additional persons joining your party at the time of Registration will be charged accordingly. Sorry, no personal checks accepted at Registration.

Organized Non-Profit Youth Groups must remit final payment in advance of arrival with an Organizational Check. Canoe trips reserved as gifts require a prepayment with personal or business check.

  • A Guest Folio with "Confirmation of Reservation" and an itemized statement of charges will be sent via US mail, e-mail, or fax in advance of your canoe trip. Please note: You are financially responsible for what you have reserved.
  • Outfitting rates subject to 7.375 % MN sales tax. Resort Loding rates subject to 7.375 % MN sales tax and local 3% tax. Resort Cabin, Villa, Chalet, and Bunkhouse Lodging rates subject to 6% resort fee.
  • Fishing Licenses, Bait, Van Transport Gas Surcharge, USFS Permit, USFS User Fees are not included in the outfitting rates.
  • There are no refunds for complete or partially outfitted trips that end early, for canoes and equipment returned early, or for any unused food, transportation, or accommodations.
  • Guide Gratuities are generally 15-20% of the package rate and are greatly appreciated. Other outfitting staff gratuities are discretionary and encouraged.
  • Rates subject to change without notice.

Cancellation of Canoe Trip Reservation:
In the event of cancellation of reservation of the canoe trip, deposit fees and prepayments are nonrefundable.

However, if written notice of cancellation is received by RPO at least 40 days prior to the arrival date of the canoe trip, the trip may be rescheduled for another date this season or next year. All money on account applicable to outfitting of the canoe trip (equipment, canoes, food, transport fees, etc.) would be transferable to the new trip date for the same number of persons, length of trip, and package reserved that was in the cancelled reservation.

If a cancellation of a reservation

1) occurs 30 days, or less, prior to the arrival date

2) occurs in the case of a “no-show” reservation

3) occurs on the "start date" of the trip, or just prior; 

the party leader is financially responsible for the balance of payment due as indicated in the Reservation Confirmation and Guest Folio.

Leader will be expected to remit payment immediately with personal check, a bank cashier’s check, or credit card will be debited for the final amount due for the reservation with the applicable 4.5% "convenience fee" assessed by the credit card company added on.

EXCEPTION: Deposit or prepayment of lodging reserved (vacation home, villa, chalet, bunkhouse, tent camping) are nonrefundable and nontransferable to the new trip date. Furthermore, if full prepayment of the lodging portion of the trip was not secured in advance, any money on account from the canoe trip portion of the combination trip, which is being cancelled, will be applied to the balance due on the lodging portion of the trip.

  • Deposits/prepayments from individuals within a Group who cancel out of the trip are nonrefundable and nontransferable to the rest of the Group.
  • USFS Travel Permit is nonrefundable nor applicable to a future trip. The USFS User fee will be refunded if cancelled two or more calendar days prior to the entry date, or earlier dependent upon USFS policy.

River Point Outfitting Company is not liable for delays, cancellation or interruption of a trip caused by air carriers, taxi service or other ground transport, inclement weather, change of plans for whatever the reason, lost or delayed baggage, medical reasons, or other reasons.

Travel Insurance is always a good idea and may protect you against circumstances that may cause you to interrupt, delay, or cancel your trip. Refer to Reservation Information for details.

We strongly advise arrival in Ely the day prior to the start of your canoe trip. 

DATE:   *
(full, legal name)

By submitting this form with my name typed in the box marked Signature, I hereby affix my digital signature as if signed in person by me. I certify that I am the individual named above, and I further agree that by pressing the SUBMIT button on this form I consider this a written and signed document, and that I have read, understand, and accept all of the terms and conditions as stated in the River Point Outfitting Co. Canoe Trip Reservation Contract.

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