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Reservation Information

Permit Handling Fee:

River Point charges a $12 handling fee to secure the permit for you.

U.S.F.S. Permit Fee

  • $6 per permit group
  • Group Leader (permit holders) must have a valid email address. All party members names are required on the USFS permit.

U.S.F.S. User Fees

Apply to all BWCA overnight visitors.

  • Adult: $16
  • Youth 0-17: $8
  • Interagency Senior Access Pass: $10

River Point Outfitting Co. is a Cooperator with the USDA Forest Service in the Superior National Forest. We issue permits into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) of Minnesota.  River Point Outfitting Co. is an equal opportunity service-provider.


A quota system that allows only a specific number of people into the Boundary Waters each day at each entry point is in effect, and weekend permits are more popular.

Nine people are allowed per permit with a maximum of 4 canoes. Larger groups will need additional permits and must camp at more than one campsite.

To increase the chance of securing a permit, please be flexible by selecting more than one starting date and entry point. You need not know what entry point to choose. Just fill in the information on the reservation contract form indicating your experience and skill level.


Reservation Procedure

Your credit card will be debited upon receipt for payment of the USFS Travel Permit by Recreation.Gov. You will receive an email verification letter and receipt from Recreation.Gov for the purchase of your permit.

Reservations:     1-218-365-6604

Guest Services:  1-218-365-6625



Deposit Information

COMPLETE OUTFITTING: Deposit of $150 per person

PARTIAL OUTFITTING (Order Form): Deposit of $50-$100 per person (dependent upon equipment and services reserved)

  • Deposit/prepayment on Complete and Partial Outfitting canoe trips are guaranteed and nonrefundable. Deposit may be paid with Visa, M/C, Discover, or American Express credit card. Your credit card will be debited upon receipt; 4% credit card surcharge is applicable.
  • Credit card is required for payment of the necessary US Forest Service Travel Permit and User Fees.
  • Bunkhouse, Cabin, Chalet, or Villa Resort Lodging reservations are prepaid prior to arrival date.
  • Contact River Point Outfitting Co. at 218-365-6604 to offer your credit card information.

Final Payment Information

Final balance of payment due upon Registration and payable with Cash, Bank Cashier’s Check, Visa, M/C, Discover, American Express

  • Personal or business check accepted for final payment only if received 20 days or more prior to arrival date.
  • Additional persons joining your party at the time of Registration will be charged accordingly.
  • 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.
  • Credit card 4% surcharge applicable on final payment at Registration.
  • Invoices for packages, equipment, canoes, and services of less than $500 are prepaid in advance of arrival with a credit card. 4% credit card surcharge applies.

A Reservation Confirmation with itemized invoice will be emailed prior to arrival at RPO.

All rates subject to a 7.375 % MN sales tax. Lodging, including cabins, villas, chalets, and bunkhouses subject to 4% lodging tax and 6% resort fee.

Fishing licenses, USFS Permit and User Fees are not included in the outfitting rates.

GRATUITIES for outfitting staff and routers are appreciated, discretionary, and encouraged. 

Rates are subject to change without notice.


A repacking charge of $50 will be incurred if your party size decreases from the original reservation and notification by e-mail has not been received by RPO at least 21 days prior to date canoe trip starts. If notification is received less than 5 days prior to your Arrival/Check-In date, the repacking fee is $100-$150 dependent upon package/equipment rented. Please advise us well in advance of arrival if your party size increases.

Repacking charge applies to all last-minute decrease in party size. NO EXCEPTIONS Repacking requires additional staff time to unpack all pack sacks, and then repack them once again–in most cases, new canoe assignments, if available, must also be made. Change in canoe assignment is subject to availability at the time of your change in plans.

In the event of a transferal of a Cancelled Reservation to a new permit and trip date the repacking charge may also be applicable dependent upon the trip dates of the new reservation.

Cancellation Information

Cancellations More Than 30 Days Prior to the Trip Arrival Date

In the event of Cancellation of the Canoe Trip Reservation, deposit fees and prepayments are nonrefundable. However, if written notice is received by RPO more than 30 days prior to the Arrival/Check In date, the canoe trip may be rescheduled for another date this season or next year. Money on account applicable to the canoe trip (packages, 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 as the cancelled reservation.

In the event of a transferal of a Cancelled Reservation to a new permit and trip date the Repacking Charge may also be applicable dependent upon the trip dates of the new reservation.


Cancellations Less Than 30 Days Prior to the Trip Arrival Date

A Cancellation of a reservation occurring less than 30 days prior to the Arrival/Check In date, or in the case of a “no-show” reservation, or if the cancellation occurs on the “start date” of the trip, or just prior to it, the party leader is financially responsible for the entire balance of payment due as indicated in the Confirmation. Leader will be expected to remit payment immediately with Visa, M/C, Discover, Amex for the final amount due of the reservation and the 4% credit card surcharge is applicable. This guideline reflects the significant burden of last-minute cancellations on staff.

In any of these situations, River Point Outfitting Co. is under no obligation to refund deposit and/or prepayment of money on account.

EXCEPTION:  Deposit or prepayment of resort lodging (vacation homes, villas,  chalets, bunkhouses, tent camping) are nonrefundable and nontransferable to a new trip date. 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.

  • Permit handling fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable
  • USFS Travel Permit is nonrefundable and nontransferable


  • Deposits/prepayments from individuals within a Group who cancel out of the trip are nonrefundable and are not applicable to the rest of the Group.
  • Full payment for the balance of charges for any individual(s) within a Group cancelling out of the trip is required prior to trip start.

Early Returns and Late Arrivals

There are no refunds for canoe trips that arrive early, or end early, for canoes and/or equipment returned early, or for any unused food, transportation, or accommodations that were reserved.

A Gasoline Surcharge applies on van transport shuttles to and from the entry/exit point and is dependent upon gas prices and distance of an entry/exit point from River Point Outfitting Co. Call or email for current pricing.


River Point Resort, Inc. & Outfitting Co., Inc. assumes no responsibility for accidents, wrongful death caused by negligence or any other cause, personal injuries of any kind, property damage or loss of vehicles or watercraft, nor is RPO responsible for loss or damage to personal valuables.

River Point Resort, Inc & Outfitting Co. owners, management and staff make every reasonable effort to serve guests safely, but assume no responsibility or liability for any hazard associated with these trips or for the choices and/or decisions made regarding the route or any facet of the canoe trip your group makes either prior to the start of the trip or during it. Party Leader and group are responsible for themselves and the decisions made during the trip, and for any loss or damage to equipment and canoes, without exception, including damage or loss due to an “act of Mother Nature.”

Loss and Damage

Renter is financially responsible for loss and/or damage to canoes or rental equipment.

 Home Owner’s Insurance & Travel Insurance

  • Check into your Home Owner’s Insurance for financial coverage for loss and/or damage to canoes and rental equipment. It is highly recommended.
  • River Point Outfitting Company is not liable for delays, cancellation or interruption of a trip caused by air carriers, private air transport, taxi service or other ground transport, inclement weather, change of plans, medical reasons, or other reasons.
  • Travel Insurance is available and may protect you against circumstances that may cause you to interrupt or cancel your trip and can offer peace of mind.
  • We strongly advise arrival in Ely the day prior to the start of your canoe trip.
  • You may wish to look at Forbes Advisor Travel Insurance: Best Travel Insurance Companies for their analysis of various companies that offer “Cancel for Any Reason” insurance.
  • River Point does not sell travel insurance nor do we receive compensation for recommendations. Three companies you may wish to check into are:
  1.  Travel Guard, Stevens Point, WI, 1-800-826-1300
  2.  Access America (Allianz), Richmond, VA, 1-800-284-8300
  3. QuoteWright Travel Insurance: 1-800-821-4940

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

We at River Point know how very important your vacation is to you, and the amount of time, effort, and money you invest in it. We hope this very detailed information will indicate how dedicated we are to truly being…your vacation specialists!

Steve, and Jane Koschak and James Koschak and Krista Jonson

A Tradition of Outfitting Excellence™

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