Canoeing near Ely. Photo by MN Office of Tourism

Canoeing Adventures in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) and Superior National Forest are without a doubt the world's premier canoeing destination-- over a thousand wilderness lakes and twelve thousand canoe routes. The area's boreal and pine forests provide a majestic green backdrop to the clear blue BWCAW lakes. Canoe past massive granite palisades towering high above the lakes and along rivers and creeks with rapids and waterfalls cascading between lakes.

At Boundary Country Trekking, we specialize in customized outfitted canoe trips for small groups. Our fifty years of BWCA canoe guiding experience is put to work for you in planning and outfitting your canoe adventure. All our trips are geared to your interest and abilities, from novice to expert.

During the day you paddle five to ten miles on a wilderness route that will take you deep into the Boundary Waters Wilderness. Or if you prefer, you can set-up a base camp and take short day trips from there. You portage between lakes on trails traveled for centuries, first by native peoples, followed by French voyageurs and early non-native explorers. Nights are spent at lakeside campsites.

We outfit you with whatever you need in canoe and camping equipment for your BWCA Canoe Adventure. And if you prefer, we will provide an experienced canoe guide to accompany you. Looking for something a bit out of the ordinary? Try our Canoe-Mountain Bike Combo Trip. Other specialty Canoe Trips we offer are Canoe Inn to Inn, guided trips to Rose Falls and an educational Fire Ecology Canoe/Kayak Tour.

Whatever canoe trip you plan, whether with us or on your own, you are always welcome to spend a comfortable night or two before and/or after you trip at the Poplar Creek Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast, located on the Gunflint Trail at the edge of Boundary Waters.

Fully Outfitted   Partially Outfitted   Guided Trips   Canoe / Bike Trips

Routes and Trip Planning

You can count on us to assist you in planning a canoe route based upon what you want to see and do on your trip. Drawing on our fifty years of canoeing and winter travel experience in the area, we will be happy answer your questions about the area, hiking trails, historic sites along your route, the fishing, what you should bring, the weather— you name it!

In addition to the equipment we provide, we can also suggest the personal clothing and gear list that you should bring on your trip.

Route Information   Personal Gear List
Specialty Canoeing Packages
Inn to Inn Canoeing
Canoe two to four days between Inns on the Gunflint Trail. More information...
Bed, Breakfast & Canoe
A guided day trip to Rose Lake Falls on the Canadian Border and two nights at the Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B. More information...
Fire Ecology Tour
A Guided Canoe/kayak trip to the site of the BWCA's largest fire in years on Seagull Lake. More information...