Top Boundary Waters Lodging and Outfitters
Timber Trail Lodge & Resort
Ely is well-known as the gateway to the legendary Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. For decades, resorts and lodges have popped up in the area to take advantage of this, offering outfitting and lodging that is often not adequate to what the soon-to-be-adventurers want and deserve. Timber Trail Lodge is not one of those lodges. Timber Trail has been enchanting and delighting guests since 1939.
Timber Trail Lodge knows how amazing an experience the Boundary Waters can be, and wants to make sure you’re well-prepared for the expedition. The Lodge itself sits on the south shore of Farm Lake, one of four interconnected lakes in the area. All offer both motorized boating and Boundary Waters canoeing experiences, if you’re so inclined. They also offer packages for families, fishermen, non-profit groups, and adventurers of any skill level. If you’re nervous about screwing something up on your expedition, the knowledgeable staff will help you plan a route, give you information on the best fishing spots, and offer canoe and tent rentals at bargain prices.
629 Kawishiwi Trail, Ely, MN 55731
3,455 as of 2013
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) contains more than 1,000 lakes!close
Clearwater Historic Lodge and Canoe Outfitters
Grand Marais, Minnesota
On the edge of an immaculate lake sits a resort, timeless in its quality, hospitality, and personality. Clearwater Historic Lodge and Canoe Outfitters, founded in 1915, is that resort. It's also listed on the National Historic Register. How’s that for a selling point?
Right on the banks of beautiful Clearwater Lake, the shoreline is unspoiled and absolutely pristine. Hitting the beach for some R&R is fun, but as Clearwater proudly states, paddling is the Lodge’s passion. They are happy to offer their guests the ability to select exactly what they’d like to rent, or, for the less-experienced, offer packages full of everything a novice canoer might need. Helpful advice is complimentary- just ask and the friendly staff will do everything they can to give you the correct answer. Clearwater knows the Boundary Waters are glorious- let them show you why!
774 Clearwater Rd, Grand Marais, MN 55604
The Boundary Waters runs right up to the Canadian border, connecting to Quetico Provincial Park. Many paddlers include a Quetico excursion in their Boundary Waters plans.
National Geographic named the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness/BWCAW one of the world’s “50 Places of a Lifetime”close
River Point Resort and Outfitting Company
Feeling a kinship with the natural world is a chief reason why people return to the Boundary Waters year after year. It’s a different kind of quiet -- when you’re surrounded by leaves rustling, birds chirping, and your own thoughts, it hearkens back to a time before humans tamed the earth. It’s tranquility itself. River Point Resort invites you to experience that seclusion with them.
On the shores of sparkling Lake Birch, River Point is also part of an incredibly secluded wilderness peninsula. Walk the miles of shoreline and think about whatever you like, be it an appointment you have in a few days, or the meaning of life itself. With the million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area at your doorstep, you can leave to “rough it” whenever you’d like, but make sure you savor your new privacy first. Explore the great outdoors with the help of the friendly staff and give yourself and experience you won't soon forget!
12007 River Point Rd, Ely, MN 55731
There are around 1,500 miles of canoe routes in the Boundary Waters!
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YMCA Camp Northern Lights
It's only fitting that a resort as naturally focused as Timber Wolf Lodge is found on majestic Bear Island Lake. When you aren't in the boundary waters, you'll still be right next to mother nature's bounty!
From Timber Wolf's base camp, anglers of all ages can enjoy some of the finest small mouth bass, northern pike, lake trout and perch fishing in Minnesota. When you're not in the Boundary Waters, you'll be staying in one of the many lakefront and lakeview cabins, each featuring one to five bedrooms, comfy Sleep Number beds, and many include cozy fireplaces or wood stoves. But this is a list about outfitters, and the friendly staff at Timber Wolf will gladly recommend and equip you with the finest camping and hiking equipment.
9130 Escape Rd, Babbitt, MN 55706
The lodge is 6.9 miles from Babbitt.
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Moose Track Adventures Resort & Outfitter
Another outfitter based in Ely, Moose Tracks Adventures can plan everything from permits to pick up. It’s accommodations are also a great option according to TripAdvisor, where it ranks as the #1 adventure resort in Ely.
They promise quality from their rentals; your canoe isn’t going to spring a leak midway through the adventure. Reliability goes a long way in the wilderness, and Moose Tracks Adventures’ history of quality service and great products is a huge plus. Also, with a relatively small number of lodging options (five lakeside cabins and one cabin with a lake view), you know you’re going to receive the absolute best in personal service and care. As they state on their website, “...it’s high time you surrounded yourself by all the beauty Ely has to offer in a cabin near the shore, with a fishing pole in your hand and nature at every turn…” If you agree, Moose Tracks Adventures is the place for you.
593 Kawishiwi Trail, Ely, MN 55731
There are more than 2,200 campsites is the Boundary Waters.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is home to the highest point in Minnesota, Eagle Mountain, at 2,301 feetclose