Guided Canoe Trips

Guided Boundary Waters Canoe Trips and Tours, Ely MN

BWCAW Guide Service - Piragis Northwoods

Looking for the best experience the Boundary Waters has to offer? Take one of our wilderness guides along. Their knowledge and passion are contagious. They’ll help you get the most out of your wilderness adventure and teach you the skills necessary for future Boundary Waters trips.

Whether you are planning on a day trip, short overnight trip, or a longer adventure, our guides are available to accommodate your needs. We are flexible and fully customizable.  See all our exciting trip options below. Call us to get started, 800-223-6565.

Personalized guided canoe camping trip. Bring your family and friends for the adventure of a lifetime.

Spend the day in the BWCAW with one of our expert guides. See the sights and enjoy the wilderness. Don’t forget your camera.

Sign up for one of our themed guided trips. Meet new friends from all over the country and enjoy this wonderful wilderness.

Looking for lunkers? Bring one of our expert guides along for the fishing experience of a lifetime. Day trips and overnight trips available.

Meet Our Guides

Overnight Camping Trips

Our experienced guides pride themselves on providing you with the trip of a lifetime. They will help make the trip accessible and more enjoyable for your group. We can do trips of any length. Advantages of bringing a guide along:

  • Spend more quality time with friends and family.
  • Learn how to be efficient in canoe country.
  • Help portaging.
  • Improve your paddling skills.
  • Find the best campsites and fishing holes.
  • Take the pressure out of navigating.
  • Gourmet cooking over the fire.
  • Learn flora and fauna.
  • Lots of photo opportunities.
  • Practice your camp craft.
  • Help with camp chores and finding good firewood.

Jump Start Guide Service (*New for 2019)
This is a nice option for a group that wants a little guidance at the beginning of the trip but then wants to venture into the wilderness on their own, or the group that has some outdoor experience, but not much Boundary Waters tripping experience.  Think of it as a 1-day Boundary Waters Canoe Camping Clinic with your own personal instructor. It’s a great introduction to traveling and camping on your own in the BWCAW.

How it works:
Our experienced guide will meet your group on the morning of the trip. They will help you get all packed up, organized for the trip, and review your route. You will all head into the wilderness together, the guide leading the way and teaching you how to be efficient in canoe country. The guide will spend the whole day and the first night with you and your crew.  This way, they can help with dinner, campfires, and clean-up for the first night. The guide will leave at 7am the next morning.  You will be on your own at this point. The guide isn’t there to help in the morning. Their focus will be on exiting the wilderness. You may not even see them in the morning if you aren’t up early.

The guide will assist with the following and aim to teach you things such as how to:

  • Pack your bag.
  • Load and unload the canoe.
  • Paddle a canoe.
  • Basic Boundary Waters navigation.
  • Portaging tricks.
  • Basic campcraft. (How to hang a tarp, gather firewood, start a fire, set up tents, etc.)
  • Cook over the campfire and do dishes in the wilderness.
  • Hang your food pack/take bear precautions.

**Because the guide must exit the wilderness in a timely fashion in the morning, only certain routes and trips are appropriate. Call us for more details and to see if this is an option for your trip. In many cases, it may be best to hire a guide for the duration of your trip.

Boundary Waters Day Trips and Tours

Don’t have time to commit to a Canoe Camping Trip in the wilderness, but still want to experience the beauty of the great Northwoods?  No problem!  Get your feet wet in the BWCAW with a guided day tour.  Our guides are available on a daily basis, and this is a great introduction into canoe country.

Join one of our experienced guides on a custom nature experience in the Ely area.  Discover the special places that make the Northwoods so unique; floating bogs, boreal spruce stands, winding rivers, waterfalls, Native American pictographs, great fishing, and more.

Our guides are well-versed in flora, fauna, and all things canoe country.  Day trips are a great way to see what the Boundary Waters has to offer and are a nice stepping stone to longer trips into the wilderness.  Bring your camera (and your fishing rod)!! Great photo opportunities await.

Be sure to book your trip in advance.  Call Drew or Adam at 800-223-6565 to get started on your trip.

What to bring along:
Good rain gear, sunglasses, hat, camera, sunscreen, licenses, water and water bottle, fishing gear (optional)...

Fishing Trips (Day Trips or Overnight Adventures)

Fish the remote backwaters of the Boundary Waters.  Smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleyes, and lake trout cruise these waters. Let us guide you to our favorite honey holes for a day of fishing or multi-day adventure within the peace and quiet of the Boundary Waters.  Hire a fishing guide for the trip of a lifetime!

What to bring along:
Good rain gear, sunglasses, hat, camera, sunscreen, licenses, water and water bottle, fishing gear...

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105 N Central Avenue
Ely, Minnesota 55731

Info: (800) 223-6565
Fax: (218) 365-6220
Local: (218) 365-6745


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