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Bowfisher
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05/19/2021 10:43AM  
Can anyone tell me about what the tow service will cost me at Moose lake north towards Knife.
 
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thegildedgopher
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05/19/2021 10:50AM  
Probably varies by outfitter. One of them I know charges $30 per person (one-way) from Moose Lake up to "Indian Portage" which is between Sucker and Birch.
cmanimal
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05/19/2021 07:47PM  
VNO web site says 28/person, 56 min with canoe rental.

I've used them twice for that tow in the last two years, and would do it again.
cyclones30
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05/19/2021 08:27PM  
Prices were right on LaTourell's site last I knew (different prices for difference spots)
05/19/2021 09:44PM  
Just to add to the responses above, you'll be charged a 2 person minimum even if you're solo. If I recall correctly it was 58 from LaTourrels to Prairie Portage. A bit less to Indian Portage (Birch Lake) but it's been a couple of years since I've used that service at that EP.
billconner
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05/20/2021 06:36AM  
FYI I and I think many others add a gratuity for the tow boat driver.
Savage Voyageur
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05/20/2021 06:53AM  
I’m taking a tow from LaTourells in two weeks. It starts out on Moose lake and drops us off at the portage to Splash lake. The cost for each person is $30.00 plus a tip each way. Worth it in my opinion.
Frenchy
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05/20/2021 05:48PM  
This is for Williams and Hall on Moose.

Per Person Each Way (Minimum tow charge 2 person rate):

Entry Point Complete Outfitting Partial Outfitting

Ensign Portage $23 $28

Prairie Portage $26 $33

Birch Lake $26 $33

Lincoln Island $87 $103

Back Bay $97 $120

10% Discount on round trip tows. Youth 15 and under 1/2 price when accompanied by a parent. 3% USFS User Fee on US tows.
We usually use them as out permit station and spend the night there on our way out. That way we can also shower before getting in our vehicles to head home.
05/20/2021 08:00PM  
how much do you guys usually tip? Is $10 ok?
Savage Voyageur
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05/20/2021 08:57PM  
analyzer: "how much do you guys usually tip? Is $10 ok?"

Depends on the tow cost. I tip 20% cash to our tow guys. We collect the tip money before the tow from the guys and give it to the tow person at the portage. That way nobody can say I packed my wallet deep in their packs.
billconner
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05/21/2021 06:11AM  
analyzer: "how much do you guys usually tip? Is $10 ok?"!$/i
05/21/2021 08:45AM  
analyzer: "how much do you guys usually tip? Is $10 ok?"

I'd think more along the lines of $20.

The level of service matters too. Some tow guys are great and will tell you exactly what to do when loading/unloading, help load your packs the way they want them, double check you didn't forget paddles or pfd's or fishing poles, and then chat you up with helpful tips about fishing/portages/campsites in the area you're going. Others seem like they want to be somewhere else and basically don't engage with you at all, which can cause confusion about the process. The former guy will get a bit more from me.
 
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