Piragis Northwoods Outfitters
Boundary Waters Canoe Trips
105 North Central Avenue
Ely, Minnesota 55731

Why we do what we do:
Art in the Boundary Waters Guided Canoe Trip with artist Brent Spink
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Participation Agreement

Boundary Waters Guided Canoe Trips in the Wilderness with Piragis Northwoods Company from Ely, Minnesota.  Six days in the wilderness with a guide is a fantastic opportunity to escape and discover the true meaning of vacation.  To be able to sketch and paint for a week nearly without interruption is something that you may only be able to do once in a lifetime.  We've got the perfect setting:  a little place we like to call our backyard... the Boundary Waters, BWCAW.

Women Exploring Wilderness BWCA Guided Group Canoe Trip

Trip Dates: July 11 - 17, 2015

Drew Brockett or Adam Macht

Trip Cost: $1195 (+ tax)

6 days paddling, 5 nights camping
First and Last Night hotel room in Ely:

Please Note: Final payment for our guided group trips is due 30 days before the trip begins.

Join new friends on a wilderness experience this summer. Paddle, portage and camp in America’s canoe country with other women who share your spirit of adventure. This is our most highly rated trip by past participants, and judging by the laugh meter it must be the most fun, too. Take a break from the humdrum and discover a pristine wilderness and maybe a little about yourself at the same time.

Boundary Waters guided Fishing Trip for Smallmouth Bass with Piragis Northwoods Company.  Get away from the crowded lakes and hit the water when the smallies are at their most ferocious.  Wilderness Bass fight pound for pound like none other and 6 days in the wilderness fishing their territory is guaranteed to be FUN.  Let our guide do the work, we supply all the needed gear, you bring your clothes and personal fishing gear and an appetite for great fishing, great fun and fantastic company.

Wilderness can present some challenges for women that are different from those encountered by men. Our goal on this adventure is to provide women with the knowledge and experience needed to feel comfortable in the wilderness. What women may lack in strength, they make up for in finesse and there are many secrets that can make portaging, paddling and setting up camp not only easier, but more fun!

Our trained staff at Piragis Northwoods Company includes some of the most knowledgeable and trail savvy women in the outfitting business. The wilderness skills that our guides have acquired over the years are vital to making any adventure in the woods a success and before this trip is over you’ll be able to feel at home in the wild! Working together, our group will encounter every activity in the Boundary Waters with a cohesiveness that can only happen when everyone participates.

After our first night in Ely, we’ll rise early and shuttle our canoes and gear to a nearby wilderness entry point. Giving ourselves the opportunity to get a true taste of the wilderness may include sitings of waterfalls, pictographs and perhaps even floating bogs. Our route will take us up close to the flora and fauna that make the Boundary Waters Canoe Area such an interesting place to travel. Keeping with our theme, we’ll be adapting new wilderness skills every step of the way, while still having time for fun and relaxation along the way.

Our days will present opportunities for hiking, fishing if you like, and relaxation. The trip will be split with some travel days and base-camping. With each bend in the river and each new lake we encounter, the natural habitat varies and so will our experiences.

Whether you want to brush up on your wilderness skills, experience the beauty of the woods and make new friends, or discover the outdoors with a group of women who enjoy canoe camping, this trip is a must!

Your trip begins and ends with nights spent in Ely where we encourage you to experience the fine dining of our favorite restaurant, the Chocolate Moose!

Items you should bring:

Two pair of pants (nylon or quick dry)
Two shirts (nylon/ fleece/ poly) 
Three pair of underwear
Shorts and T-shirt
Multiple pair of appropriate socks 
Good rain gear (essential for a good time)
Wet boots (sandals (Keens)/ swampers/ chota quetico trekker)  
Dry boots (tennis shoes/ camp shoes)
Hat with a wide brim or visor for sun protection
Headlamp w/ batteries
Headnet for bugs
  Accessories/ Personal Gear
Sunscreen and lipbalm
Toiletries (personal items, ect.) 
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Insect repellent
Sunglasses and lanyard    
Camera and film
Reading material and playing cards
Flashlight w/ extra batteries
Map and compass
Pocket knife and /or multitool 
Fishing rods, tackle, fillet knife

Additional Spring & Fall Gear:
* Gloves (fleece and/ or neoprene)
* Medium/ Heavy Weight Long Underwear
* Warmer Jacket, Fleece & Hat
* Rubber Boots/ Chota Boots

Items included with complete outfitting trips:
* Canoe and Kayak
* Paddles
* Life Vest
* Tent (easy to assemble)
* Lightweight Tarp
* Boat Tape
* Toilet Paper
* Granite Gear Portage Pack
* Cook Kit / Coffee Pot
* Stove w/ Fuel
* Pots w/ Covers
* Fry Pan/ Griddle
* Utensils
* Cup & Bowl
* Food & Spices
Biodegradable Soap
* First Aid Kit
* Water Filter
* Matches & Waterproof Container
* Bear Confounder (keeps your food safe)
* Pack Saw
* Folding Bucket
* Pot Scrubber
* Nalgene drinking bottle
* Cook Grate & Shovel (Quetico only)
* Packable Towel
* 30-40 F Sleeping Bag
* Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad
* Pack Pillow
* Crazy Creek Chair

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