Guests commonly use their own vehicles to transport canoes between our shop and their entry point using our free tie-down supplies. Securing canoes to the top of your vehicle is called “cartopping.” Cartopping canoes saves money on shuttle costs and gives you greater flexibility on the first and last day of your trip because you are not tied to a predetermined shuttle time.

One or two canoes are conveniently transported on one vehicle. Cartopping is common on almost any make and model of car or truck. It is also commonly done on rental cars.

How to Cartop One Canoe

How to Cartop Two Canoes

If your canoe trip ends at a different place than you started, you may do a chase shuttle. With a chase shuttle, you follow our shuttle vehicle to your exit point and park 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 at your exit point. 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.


Click a BWCAW Entry Point for Driving Directions

Entry #
Entry Name
Trout Lake
Crab Lake (Burntside Lake launch)
Slim Lake
Big Lake
Moose River South
Little Indian Sioux South
Little Vermilion Lake
Little Indian Sioux North
Moose River North/Portage River North
Stuart River
Angleworm Lake
Mudro Lake & Mudro Lake Restricted
Fall Lake
Moose Lake
Wood Lake
Snowbank Lake & Snowbank Lake Only
North Kawishiwi River
Lake One & Lake One Restricted
Farm Lake
South Kawishiwi River
Little Gabbro Lake
Island River
Isabella Lake
Hog Creek
Kawishiwi Lake
Little Isabella River
South Hegman Lake
Snake River
Ely Seaplane Base
Ely Municipal Airport