Ely Outfitting Company’s Canoe Trip Routing Form

We are happy to help you plan a successful trip that fits your interests and expectations perfectly. Provide us with the following information via our free Boundary Waters route planning tool and we will email you some route options that fit with what you're looking for. Of course, you can always reach us by phone at 218-343-7951, if you prefer.

Free BWCAW Trip Routing Form - Custom route options from our expert staff!

With 1,200 miles of BWCAW canoe routes and seemingly infinite possibilities, you ask: How do I choose the best route for me? We have the answer.

Here's how it works:

1. Complete our convenient online Trip Routing Form below.

2. Our expert staff carefully reviews your specific interests and expectations

3. You receive an email with several comprehensive route descriptions that fit precisely with what you're looking for. The descriptions include an interactive map with the route shown by a green line, as well as trip specifications such as total trip distance, number of portages, and longest portage. The description also includes route highlights and considerations. It's great information to help you select the perfect route.

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  • Contact Information

  • Who's Going?

  • The maximum group size in the Boundary Waters is nine persons. The number of people in your group can be adjusted up until we issue the permit at our shop when you arrive for your trip. When we reserve your required entry permit, we will reserve it for two adults and one watercraft.
  • You may have heard something special about the Boundary Waters and want to see or experience something in particular. If so, let us know.
  • When Are You Going?

  • Permits are reserved by specific entry day. For best permit availability and routing options, pick a window of time that you could launch your trip.
  • For the best wilderness experience, consider a trip of five or more days. However, if you don't have that much time to spare, the Boundary Waters is still worth it. If you are unsure, check multiple trip lengths.
  • On one end of the spectrum, you might base camp and stay at the same campsite the entire trip. At the other end of the spectrum, you might have a different campsite each night. Then, somewhere in the middle of those two options, you might decide to spend two or more nights at a campsite.
  • Your Group's Particular Interests

  • An average BWCA travel day lasts about 3 to 4 hours and covers 6 to 7 miles.
  • More physical trips generally have more frequent and longer portages.
  • The Boundary Waters offers world-class freshwater wilderness fishing opportunities. Select one option that reflects your interest.
  • A few lakes within the BWCA, but only on the BWCA perimeter, allow motorboats with a 25 hp restriction and by permit only.
  • Experience Levels

  • We help lots of folks have great first experiences in the Boundary Waters.
  • Self-guided or Professionally Guided?

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.