Shuttles and Tows

We can transport you and your canoes and camping equipment between Ely, MN and your entry point.

Ground Shuttles

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.

Entry #
Entry Name
Price per shuttle with at least one canoe rental
1
Trout Lake (Lake Vermilion Moccasin Pt. drop-off)
60
85
4
Crab Lake (Burntside Lake drop-off)
Free
35
6
Slim Lake
Free
50
9 & 14
Little Indian Sioux River, N. or S.
60
85
12
Little Vermilion Lake (via Crane Lake drop-off)
125
175
16
Moose R./Portage River N.
55
80
19
Stuart River
50
75
20
Angleworm
Free
55
22 & 23
Mudro Lake
Free
60
24
Fall Lake
Free
30
25
Moose Lake
Free
45
26
Wood Lake
Free
35
27
Snowbank Lake
Free
50
29
Kawishiwi River North
Free
35
30
Lake One
Free
45
31
Farm Lake
Free
30
32
South Kawishiwi
Free
50
33
Little Gabbro Lake
Free

55

34
Island River
55
90
35
Isabella Lake
60
95
38
Kawishiwi Lake
160
185
75
Little Isabella River
40
60
77
S. Hegman Lake
Free
50
84
Snake River
45
65
-
Ely Seaplane Base
Free
30
-
Ely Airport
30
30

 

Motorboat Tows

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.

Description
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.