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7 Day Boundary Waters Canoe Trip – All-Inclusive (40 Miles)

August 15 @ 5:00 pm - August 21 @ 7:00 am


Join NOW Outdoors for a paddle through the vast Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) in northern Minnesota. This will be an epic trip with incredible scenery including waterfalls and pristine lakes. Wildlife includes moose, otter, beaver, wolves, eagles, and more.

This trip starts in Ely, MN. Plan to drive up August 15th and meet up at the designated lodge around 5 pm. We will stay the first night at a cabin and go over gear and the finer details of our route. In the morning, we will head on down to the put-in. There is a local shop that can provide any gear or last-minute items such as snacks, camping/fishing gear, batteries, etc.

This is a loop route with 4 long paddle days and 1 layover day. The itinerary may change due to weather conditions or group interest. We will paddle and portage well over 40 miles in remote wilderness.

Menu items: We believe cliff bars and ramen soup have their place but not on our trips. We love a varied menu that includes fresh-made breakfasts like French toast and sausage, tuna salad or sandwiches for lunch, and hardy dinners like shepherds pie, chicken and broccoli, and BBQ pork spaghetti.

Difficulty: Moderate (long paddle days, few short portages, larger lakes can be tough in poor weather)
Total miles: 40+
Number of portages: 19
Total portage distance: 7.7 miles
Longest single portage: 164 rods (2,706 feet)

This trip is not for first-time campers or paddlers. You should be very comfortable in a canoe and in the water. You should be able to provide sufficient clothing and personal gear as per the gear list. Everyone will be expected to help each other out when it comes to portaging gear and our lightweight canoes between waterways. Expect to carry 50 to 60 pounds on portage trails consisting of gear and/or a canoe. The longest portage of the entire trip is about 1/2 of a mile. The shortest portages are just a couple yards. The pace will be relaxed at times and challenging at others. Expect to paddle several hours on paddle days and portage over land when necessary. We plan to have a zero travel day weather permitting.

AS ALWAYS >>> A gear list and other details will be sent to you upon payment.

Price $750 (deadline August 1st)
>A $200.00 deposit will hold your spot (refundable up to 7 days after it’s received except after the deadline)
>Spaces are limited and filled in the order payments are received. An RSVP without payment will not hold your spot.
>Paypal and Venmo payments can be sent to info@nowoutdoors.org.
>Credit cards, checks, and money apps are also accepted. Please pm for details.
>Please include your full name, email, phone number, and what the payment is for in a comment in Paypal/Venmo or a letter with your check.

Price includes:
• BWCA permits
• All meals from put-in to take-out
• Tandem canoes
• Paddles
• Life vests
• Canoe packs for your gear
• Comprehensive group med kit
• Lodging fees
• Group kitchen
• Purified water in camp
• Camp shower
• Group tarp
• Axe and saws

Not included:
• Personal gear
• Transportation to/from the BWCA (carpooling available)
• Canoe packs

Please send all questions to info@nowoutdoors.org.

Meet your Guide:
Nick Gordon, Nationally Registered Wilderness EMT, is the owner and lead guide for NOW Outdoors. He teaches more than a dozen adventure recreation courses for UW-Milwaukee and teaches for the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine. Since 2009, Nick has been teaching and guiding wilderness adventure, medicine, and survival programs throughout the Midwest and abroad including Nepal, Canada, Peru, Brazil, Cambodia, and deep in the Amazon Jungle.


August 15 @ 5:00 pm
August 21 @ 7:00 am
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