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Let us help you plan your trip to the Border Lakes of the Northwood’s. Our specialty trip is the fully guided and outfitted base camp. You will find your camp a comfortable haven for fishing, relaxing and exploring. Here to fish, then we can fish hard!  Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and the elusive Lake Trout are all fair game. Not only will Chuck put you on the fish, but he will serve you some of the tastiest fish dinners you have ever had!  If you think that you would like a change of scenery after a couple of days, we can break camp and travel to a new site, and still have plenty of time to fish and relax.

Another option is a traveling trip. After coffee and breakfast, we break camp and start the day bright and early. Traveling through the waterways of the boreal forest allows for possible wildlife sightings, birding and soaking up the beautiful scenery. Portaging our canoes and gear to the next camp works up a big appetite, we leave plenty of time  along the way and once we get to camp for fishing.

Each trip, and each group is different. Our goal is to provide the trip that is just right for you. If fishing hard all day is what you want, or if you want to travel every day and see as much new country as possible, we will put a trip together that meets all of your needs. Our trips are the perfect opportunity to unplug from the hectic pace of your day to day world and spend quality time creating memories to last a lifetime with family and friends.

What to Bring


Two sets of clothing (One to wear / one as backup).

Two long pants (lightweight dries fast).

Two long sleeved shirts


Three pairs of socks

Shorts or swimsuit

One medium weight jacket

Baseball cap or sun - rain hat

One rain suit

Polar fleece with shell works best for light packing

Two sets of shoes (one day shoe to get wet/one dry camp shoe)
**We really recommend a Lacrosse type 18 in rubber boot. You will be stepping into the water at the portages**

Tevas or other type of water sandal is perfect for swimming and around camp.

Light weight long underwear is a must spring and fall (some summers also). Also, works as great protection from insects.

Wool poly hat/cap

Biodegradable shampoo and soap, not to be used in the lakes

Pack towel

Bug repellent and sunscreen

Flashlight/headlamp (small/each person should have one)

Nalgene water bottle

Polarized sunglasses

Pocket knife, Gerber or Letherman

We look at every trip as an opportunity to help our clients enjoy this incredible wilderness. Give us a call to start planning today!

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Discover the border lakes of the Quetico Provincial Park and the BWCA. Glide over the water in a canoe and leave the stress and schedules of the outside world behind. Spend your days on one of the richest fisheries in North America, search for wildlife or just relax and absorb the experience. It's your trip, and we can take you there.

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PO Box 573
Ely, MN 55731

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