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Your personal preferences, comfort and safety are all factors that you will ultimately judge the quality of your wilderness adventure into the BWCA or Quetico – why leave any of this to chance? The most important decision you will make before your canoe, kayak or hiking trip is your choice of a BWCA or Quetico outfitter. No one will give you the personal attention you need like Spirit of the Wilderness Outfitter and Bait Shop, located in Ely, Minnesota, the canoe capital of the upper Midwest.

We start with you…
What are your primary interests?

  •   Fishing for walleye, bass, northern pike or lake trout
  •   Wilderness Photography, northern plants and wildlife
  •   Exploring historical sites
  •   Viewing ancient pictographs and towering pines
  •   Or simply a desire to experience “the wilderness”


Your interests, expectations, camping and canoeing skills are the keys to planning your canoe trip. Are you an experienced canoeist? Do you desire to follow the routes of the French Voyageurs, challenges of portaging to remote locations or perhaps a more laid back pace?
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Let us help you create lifetime memories...

Would a backcountry route, outside the Boundary Waters, be better for you and your group? These unique routes have the added advantage that no permits are required and there are no restrictions on group size. We are able to tailor your route for the most enjoyment.

Perhaps just a day trip is all you want. A chance to have a short, but worthwhile trip to visit wildlife, fishing in a remote location, beautiful scenery or ancient pictographs. Our personal attention to your wants makes us expert in handling these often last-minute or drop-in scheduling requests.

Our friendly staff double-checks the equipment we send with you. We have personally trail-tested our equipment and menus and offer techniques that ensure you will have the peace of mind knowing you can handle a wilderness adventure.

Picking the Options…
Do you like to travel solo, with a group, with a guide…use a towing service…or you might like to fly into the Quetico Park by floatplane and paddle back to Ely. Is there someone in your group with special medical or physical needs?

Whichever option you choose, Spirit of the Wilderness can provide answers to any questions you may have. We help you to select the type of adventure and outfitting needs that fit your vacation budget.
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Begin Your Boundary Waters Canoe Adventure Today.

Spirit of the Wilderness Outfitting and Outdoor Store, Ely, Minnesota, and centrally located to service all Ely area Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness permit entry points. Our guests find us an easy one-stop shop before they head into the BWCA or Canada’s Quetico Park to the north.
Call 800-950-2709 or email; info@elycanoetrips.com for all your ouftitting needs:


  •   BWCA & Quetico permits
  •   Complete or partial outfitting
  •   Canoe & Kevlar rental
  •   Professional routing & maps
  •   Entry point transportation
  •   Towboat service
  •   Camping gear
  •   Fishing tackle & live bait
  •   Outdoor clothing & footwear
  •   Kevlar canoe repair & reconditioning
  •   and more...

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