We can transport you and your canoes and camping equipment between Ely, MN and your entry point.
If your trip starts and ends at the same place, it is typical to cartop your canoe using our free tie down supplies. However, if you prefer, we can drive you and your canoes and camping equipment to your BWCA entry point. You can either leave your personal vehicle in town, or follow the shuttle vehicle to the entry point and leave it there. Our shuttle vehicle then picks you up at the time specified before your trip launched.
If your trip ends at a different place than you started, you have two options. First, you can leave your personal vehicle in town and we will drive you to your entry point and then pick you up at the exit point and time specified before your trip launched. Second, you can do a "chase shuttle." With a chase shuttle, you follow our shuttle vehicle to your exit point and leave your vehicle there with the equipment to tie canoes on top of it. We then shuttle you to your entry point, you paddle back to your car at the exit point, and cartop your canoe back to town. A chase shuttle allows you more flexibility because you do not have to meet a pickup shuttle at a specific predetermined meeting time. Chase shuttle pricing may be less than the cost of two shuttles if the entry point and exit point are along the same shuttle route.
Price per shuttle with at least one canoe rental
|Crab Lake (Burntside Lake drop-off)|
9 & 14
|Little Indian Sioux River, N. or S.|
|Little Vermilion Lake (via Crane Lake drop-off)|
|Moose R./Portage River N.|
22 & 23
|Kawishiwi River North|
|Little Gabbro Lake|
|Little Isabella River|
|S. Hegman Lake|
|Ely Seaplane Base|
A motorboat tow is available when starting your trip from a limited number of entry points. Your canoes go upside down on top of a motorboat. You sit under them in the motorboat, and are dropped off at your destination.
Price per person with at least one canoe rental
|Moose Lake to Prairie Portage or Birch Lake Portage|
$31 (2 person min.)
|Moose Lake to Ensign Lake (Splash Lake Portage)|
$29 (2 person min.)
|Moose Lake to Washington Island of Basswood Lake|
$68 (3 person min.) plus portage fees*
|Burntside Lake to Crab Lake Portage|
$25 (2 person min.)
|Fall Lake to Basswood Lake No Motors Zone|
$90 (2 person min.)
*Portage fees are $16 per watercraft each way across Prairie Portage. This includes canoes and the towboat.
Click here for transportation options for getting to Ely.