Boundary Waters

Boundary Waters - Level 2 Trip


Information gathered from the updates in 2006

Red Crew

Garrett Daniel
Kyle Daniel
Blake Garner
Sawyer Garrett
Christian Tambellini
Tyler Thessin

A-Kim Garrett
A-Bruce Daniel

Agnes Lake

White Crew

Brad Compton
Thomas Day
Benjamin Ennis
Keegan Ennis
Nicholas Lane
Will Pamplin

A-Brad Compton
A-Roger Day

Kahshahpiwi Lake

Blue Crew

Phillip Dodge
Tim Donegan
Sean Lanahan
Ryan Lanahan
Aaron Litvack
Sameem R.
Jason Waclawik

A-Rick Lanahan
A-Ken Dodge

Carp Lake

Green Crew

Spencer Boucher
Lincoln Ewing
David Grayson
Casey Grebe
Cody Grebe
Lewis Pumpelly

A-Josh Pumpelly
A-Sam Grebe

Praire Portage / Basswood Lake

What I would do differently, next time:

Note: Aluminum canoes weigh 60-70 lbs for lightweight canoes, 75 lbs. for typical canoe; Kevlar canoes weigh 38-45 lbs.

Great Tips of What We Did Right:

2006 Costs:

This is based upon 5 day trips with 6 adults. All prices vary with length of trip, number of children and adults, what gear is provided, and the quality of the gear. Also, so places offer discounts to start on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

A complete package is everything except your clothes, toiletries, camera and fishing gear. They will supply tents, sleeping bags, pots, plates, food, packs, etc. You can also rent any part of the complete package for less.

Typically $50 to $70 a day for complete package...

$120 per group of four to pick up a crew at Duluth Airport (110 miles, 3 hours). $160 and up to rent a standard size car for one week at Duluth Airport.

Park fees: BWCA charges $10 per adult and $5 per youth (under 18) for a trip and a $20 permit for the group. Quetico charges $11 per adult per night and $4 per youth, and a $20 permit for the group (Canadian fees are subject to approximately 9% tax and are in Canadian dollars). You can pay on the border with VISA or Mastercard. You need to a customs clearance to enter to enter (a Remote Area Border Crossing Pass -- RABC) well in advance of your trip for $30 per adult or family.

Our outfitter got the permits and was able to get 48 people into Canada. They were much more successful than we would have been. Obviously, the sooner you ask, the better.

In Ely you can purchase fuel for your stove (you cannot pack fuel on an airline - sometimes you cannot pack a stove). There are several sporting goods stores and souvenir shops. There are several restaurants and fast food available in Ely and a grocery store.

REMEMBER: No can or bottles (except fuel and medicine) are permitted in BWCA and Quetico Park. 9 people (max) to a crew and 4 boats (max) to a crew. No firearms in Quetico Park. Dogs are permitted in both parks, but must have current rabies certificate in Canada.


Outfitters for Boundary Waters and Quetico Park

The outfitters are very competitive. They offer different gear, different foods and service different areas in BWCA. Shop around for the outfitter who meets most of your requirements. Recommendations are very helpful. We selected Cliff Wold's because of the quality of the food. We were pleased with his boats, equipment and service. The food was exceptional. We would definitely use Cliff Wold again.

Duane's Canoe Outfitters
with a listing of scout and youth group rates)
3145 Highway 21
Babbitt, MN 55706

Big Lake Wilderness Lodge
3012 Echo Trail
P.O. Box 359
Ely, MN 55731

Boundary Waters Canoe Outfitters
1323 E. Sheridan St.
PO Box 447
Ely, MN 55731

Canadian Waters
111 E. Sheridan Street
Ely, MN 55731

Canoe Country Outfitters
629 E. Sheridan Street
PO Box 30
Ely, MN 55731

Canadian Border Outfitters
P.O. Box 117 - Moose Lake
Ely, MN 55731

Cliff Wold's Canoe Trip Outfitting Company
1731 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 5573

Deer Ridge Outfitting Co.
P.O. Box 247
Ely, MN 55731

Hill's Wilderness Trips
2030 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731

Jack & Toni's Fall Lake Wilderness Trips
P.O. Box 780
Ely, MN 55731

Jordan's Canoe Outfitters
1701 HWY 1
Ely, MN 55731

La Tourell's Resort & Canoe Outfitters
P.O. Box 239
Ely, MN 55731

Lodge Of Whispering Pines
P.O. Box 327
Ely, MN 55731

North Country Canoe Outfitters
474 Kawishiwi Trail
Route 1, Box 3000
Ely, MN 55731

Northwind Lodge & Canoe Outfitters
P.O. Box 690
Ely, MN 55731

White Wilderness
2198 Echo Trail
Ely, MN 55731

Wilderness Adventures, Inc.
943 E. Sheridan St.
Ely, MN 55731

Wilderness Outfitters
1 E. Camp Street
Ely, MN 55731

Boundary Country Trekking
7925 Gunflint Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Clearwater Canoe Outfitters and Lodge
355 GunflintTrail
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Explore Canoe Country
Box 1342
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Golden Eagle Lodge and Cabins
Gunflint Trail
468 Clearwater Road
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters
143 S. Gunflint Lake
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Hungry Jack Outfitters
318 S. Hungry Jack Rd.
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Nor'Wester Lodge and Outfitters
7778 Gunflint Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Old Northwoods Lodge and Canoe Outfitters
7969 Northwoods Road
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Rockwood Lodge and Outfitters
50 Rockwood Rd.
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Seagull Canoe Outfitters
12208 Gunflint Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Superior North Canoe Outfitters
Earl & Anita Cypher
84 Sag Lake Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Tuscarora Canoe Outfitters
193 Round Lake Rd.
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Voyageur Canoe Outfitters
189 Sag Lake Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Way Of The Wilderness
947 Gunflint Trail
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Wilderness Waters Outfitters
P.O. Box 368, W. Hwy 61
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Lacroix Outfitters
P.O. Box 475 Hwy 53
Cook, MN 55723

Sawbill Canoe Outfitters
4620 Sawbill Trail
Box 2127
Tofte, Minnesota 55615

06 Apr 2012 MSS