Canoe Country Outfitters

Ely and Western BWCA

Canoe Country Outfitters

629 East Sheridan Street
P.O. Box 30
Ely, MN   55731

Contact Information:

Proprietors: The Olsons
Direct Phone: (218) 365-4046
Toll-Free Phone: (800) 752-2306
Fax: (218) 365-4046
Email: cco@frontiernet.net

Overview:

Canoe Country Outfitters, founded by Bill and Barbara Rom in
1946, is one of the largest and most successful outfitters
in the North Country.

You will be fascinated by its smooth operation as you deal
with friendly, competent, and experienced personnel who are
well-versed in the ways of the canoe country and its trip
routes.

As a full-service outfitter we are dedicated to providing
personal service and the very best in food supplies, canoes,
and camping equipment rentals. Providing camping and fishing
trips is our only business so our entire attention is
directed towards assuring you a safe, exciting, and
memorable time.

Canoe Country Outfitters is conveniently located in downtown
Ely, plus we maintain a private canoe base on Moose Lake (20
miles east of Ely). From these two locations we are able to
quickly service all area trip starting points. We have
outfitted more people and have been under the same family
management longer than any other outfitter, so no one can
match our experience and knowledge of the area.

We will help you plan a route that best suits your needs,
whether it be one requiring travel each day or a relaxing
base camp arrangement reachable in 1-2 days. Orientation
also includes instructions on use of our equipment, fishing
and camping techniques, safety, and more.

Main Offerings:

  • Full Outfitting - Provide complete outfitting needs - canoe, gear, food
  • Gear Rental - Tents, sleeping bags, packs, etc - all partial outfitting needs
  • Trip/Route Planning Assistance - Help plan your trip & route - This service always free of charge!
  • Entry Point Shuttles - Shuttles to and from entry points.
  • Guide Service - Not a requirement but can be arranged if requested
  • BWCA Permits - Reserve Permits for your group
  • Canoe Rental - Choose from five brands - kevlar or aluminum
  • Meal Planning - Plan and Provide fresh and freeze dried meals for groups.
  • Store - Shopping - Store proving gear, fishing gear, maps, food
  • Bunkhouse - Lodging choice of bunkhouse, motel or our campground
  • Quetico Outfitting - Easy access to Quetico from our private Moose Lake Base

Additional Offerings 1:

  • Kevlar Canoe Rental - Solo, tandem, 3-seat and 4-seat models available
  • Maps - We stock both Fisher and McKenzie detailed maps
  • Solo Canoe Rental - Rental of Wenonah and Souris River kevlar canoes
  • Minnesota Fishing Licenses - Fishing Licenses Available On-Site
  • Hot Showers - Hot Showers for post trip cleanup

Additional Offerings 2:

  • Bell Canoes - Rental of Bell Canoes
  • Wenonah Canoes - Rental of Wenonah Canoes
  • Souris River Canoes - Rental of Souris River Canoes
  • Kayak Rental - Rental of Kayaks
  • Gear Sales - Providing Sales of gear
  • Food Sales - Providing Sales of dry goods for your trip
  • Fishing Tackle - BWCA fishing gear for sale
  • Fish Finder Rental - Rental of Fish Finders
  • Satellite Phones - Rental of Satellite Phones for emergency contact

Boundary Waters Entry Points Supported

  • Crab Lake and Cummings from Burntside Lake - 4
  • Slim Lake - 6
  • Big Lake - 7
  • Moose River (south) - 8
  • Little Indian Sioux River (south) - 9
  • Little Indian Sioux River (north) - 14
  • Moose/Portage River (north) - 16
  • Stuart River - 19
  • Angleworm Lake - 20
  • Mudro Lake (restricted--no camping on Horse Lake) - 22
  • Mudro Lake - 23
  • Wood Lake - 26
  • Snowbank Lake Only - 28
  • Ojibway Lake/North Kawishiwi River - 29
  • Lake One - 30
  • South Kawishiwi River - 32
  • Little Gabbro Lake - 33
  • Island River - 34
  • Isabella Lake - 35
  • Hog Creek - 36
  • Kawishiwi Lake - 37
  • Little Isabella River - 75
  • South Hegman Lake - 77
  • Snake River - 84
  • Fall Lake - 24
  • Moose Lake - 25
  • Snowbank Lake - 27
  • Farm Lake - 31
  • Fall Lake Only - C
  • Fall Lake and Beyond - D
  • Moose Lake Chain Only - F
  • Moose Lake to Prairie Portage - G
  • Snowbank Lake - H

Quetico Entry Points Supported

  • Baptism Creek - We can provide a van shuttle from Ely
  • Pickerel Lake - We can provide a van shuttle from Ely
  • Nym Lake - We can provide a van shuttle from Ely
  • Sue Falls - We can provide a van shuttle from Ely
  • Mack Lake - Fly from Ely to Clay Lake, paddle back to Moose Lake
  • Cirrus lake - Van ride from Ely to Beaverhouse, paddle back to Ely area
  • Quetico Lake - Van ride from Ely to Beaverhouse, paddle back to Ely area
  • Threemile Lake - Fly-in/fly-out arrange by us - Great fishing area!
  • Maligne River - We can arrange a fly-in or a towboat ride
  • McAree Lake - We can arrange a fly-in or a towboat ride
  • Bottle River - We can arrange a fly-in or a towboat ride
  • Basswood River - Reachable from our Moose Lake Base through Prairie Portage
  • Sarah Lake - Reachable from our Moose Lake Base through Prairie Portage
  • Kahshahapiwi Lake - Reachable from our Moose Lake Base through Prairie Portage
  • Agnes Lake - Reachable from our Moose Lake Base through Prairie Portage
  • Carp Lake - Reachable from our Moose Lake Base through Prairie Portage
  • Knife Lake - Van shuttle Ely to Saganaga Lake, then paddle back to Ely area
  • Man Chain Lakes - Van Shuttle to Saganaga Lake, then paddle back to Ely area
  • Falls Chain Lakes - Van shuttle to Saganaga Lake, then paddle back to Ely area
  • Cache Bay Fly In - We can arrrange a fly-in, Ely to Saganaga Lake