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Piragis Northwoods Company -- Kevlar Canoes, Kayaks, Gear & Boundary Waters Canoe Trips since 1979
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Piragis Northwoods Company - Boundary Waters Outfitters

2000 protected Lakes reachable only with a canoe, a permit and a love of adventure.

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, when combined with Canada's Quetico Provincial Park, just across the border, offers over two million acres of island-studded lakes and pine-covered forests that are accessible only to canoeists. Created by glaciers and protected by the Federal Government, the BWCAW is a very special, natural place. To read more about the Boundary Waters, Click Here.  We are canoe trip outfitters in Ely, Minnesota. Ely outfitters like Piragis Northwoods Company rent canoes and camping gear. We'll plan your BWCA trip and get your canoe camping permits with efficiency and expertise. Please contact our Canoe Trip Outfitting Department (1-800-223-6565) for more information.

We are a Cooperator with the USDA Forest Service under the Superior National Forest.  We issue permits into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.  This business operates within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the Superior National Forest.  As a Cooperator with the Forest Service, we are an equal opportunity service provider.


Forty-Two pound canoes save your back on the portages and make every trip enjoyable!

Kevlar canoes from Wenonah Canoe and Northstar Canoes are the finest canoes available and a perfect match for wilderness country. We are a family owned and operated Canoe and Kayak Shop in Ely, Minnesota, "the canoe capital of the world." Call Steve Schon at 1-800-223-6565 for a free canoe or kayak consultation today. At the end of each season, we sell our entire rental fleet of used canoes and used kayaks and used Stand Up Paddle Boards.


Lightweight canoe camping gear made to perform in wilderness settings.

Our Piragis Northwoods Company Boundary Waters Catalog has been supplying canoeists and campers since 1979 with top-quality equipment that you can easily pack and carry. Our goal is to make your canoe trip as enjoyable and easy as possible both in the water and on the trail. Our retail store in Ely, Minnesota is a destination for paddlers.


Want to experience adventure in the wild, but don’t have experience?

Our Guided Group trips in the Boundary Waters provide unique opportunities for paddlers to travel by canoe as a group with a guide. Everything you need is included in the trip price. This is a fantastic way to meet new friends or take a vacation with your own group. From Howling with Wolves to our tremendously popular Smallmouth Bass Fishing Trips, we take care of all the details and gear. You show up with a change of clothes and your fishing rod and be ready to have fun!


The Boundary Waters is our backyard.  We spend time in the Wilderness.

It sets us apart from outfitters who don't. We know the Boundary Waters and Quetico because we paddle them. Routing a trip is a free service that we provide to our outfitting clients. We want you to have the kind of wilderness experience you've been dreaming of and we also want you to enjoy some pleasant surprises. Campsites, pictographs, great views, even hot fishing spots you might never have imagined lay just around the next bend.  Our mission is to enhance the appreciation of wild shores and help to preserve nature along rivers and lakes. Educating and enabling paddlers with the help of high quality, efficient and affordable gear is part of this goal. "Rent before you buy" is always an option with our Outfitting department. Take our gear for a test drive on a trip!

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Contact Info

105 N Central Avenue
Ely, Minnesota 55731

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

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