BWCA Outfitting Rates

Outfitting & Rates

Let Spirit of the Wilderness help you plan your BWCA or Quetico wilderness adventure.

Don’t have the right gear? Spirit of the Wilderness can supply all the gear you will need for your trip.

Guiding Your Wilderness Adventure

  • What kind of trip you are looking for?
  • What length of a trip?
  • Challenging trip or easy-going?
  • Will you travel to a different campsite each day or base camp with short exploring day-trips?
  • What are your primary interests? Fishing? Photography? Historical sites? Wildlife?

We want to make sure your trip is just what you imagined.

With our complete outfitting you will always get the best gear with any package you choose. Whether you choose Aluminum canoes or Kevlar canoes you will always get our best. We also make our pricing easy to figure out.

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Click below to view all of our outfitting packages

Complete Outfitting

Complete BWCA Outfitting Rate

Boundary Waters (BWCA) and Quetico Provincial Park

(Rates are per person per day)

  • With Kevlar canoe………..$98.00
  • With Aluminum canoe……$82.00

Our complete outfitting includes:

  • Your choice of aluminum canoes (65 lbs.) w/straight paddles
  • Or Kevlar canoes (45 lbs.) w/wood bent shaft paddles (we only use canoes made in the USA)
  • Life jackets and portage yoke w/pads
  • Tents, sleeping bags and self inflating sleeping pads
  • Complete food (3 meals a day plus snacks)
  • Complete cook kit and utensils
  • Stove w/fuel, matches and fire starters
  • 10’x12’ dining tarp and extra rope
  • Toilet paper and paper towel
  • Camp saw and fire grate (for Quetico Trips)
  • Packs w/plastic liners for food, equipment and personal gear
  • Detailed trip routing
  • And more…

Discounts for Complete Outfitting:

  • Provide own tent – Deduct $5.00/day per tent
  • Provide own sleeping bag – Deduct $2.00/day per person
  • Party size of 8 or more adults – 1 person at no charge
  • Children under age 8 – FREE (may be required to show proof of age)
  • Children age 8-12 – 20% OFF (may be required to show proof of age)

Cancellations:

Cancellations must be made 15 days in advance of your reservation to receive deposit refund less $25.00 service fee.

Refund Policy:

You will be charged for equipment and canoe for the calendar days used. Early returns for equipment and canoe rental will receive refund of 50% for unused calendar rental days. Outfitting food and permits are non-refundable.

Non-profit group rates available upon request.

Solo Travelers call for rates.

Complete Outfitting does not include USFS Permit Fees.

5 Day Package

5 Day Complete Outfitting Package

(Minimum party of 2)

A great combination for people who want a complete package with everything needed for a memorable and comfortable trip.

  • $499.00 per person w/Kevlar Canoes
  • $399.00 per person w/Aluminum Canoes

Your 5 day/4 night trip package includes:

  • Complete Outfitting (See complete outfitting list)
  • Complete food package (3 meals a day plus snacks)
  • Custom routing and detailed maps
  • Pre-departure Bunkhouse Stay ($19 value per person)
  • Entry Point ground transportation, limitations apply (round trip, $20-$50 value)
  • Bait (Crawlers or leeches for each person, $4 value per person)
  • Crazy Creek Chair or CVC Back Band ($3 value per person)
  • Hot shower w/towel upon return ($6 value per person)

Cancellations:

Cancellations must be made 15 days in advance of your reservation to receive deposit refund less $25.00 service fee.

Refund Policy:

You will be charged for equipment and canoe for the calendar days used. Early returns for equipment and canoe rental will receive refund of 50% for unused calendar rental days. Outfitting food and permits are non-refundable.

7 Day Package

7 Day Complete Outfitting

(minimum party of 2)

A great combination for people who want a complete package with everything needed for a memorable and 7 day comfortable trip.

  • $698.00 per person w/Kevlar canoe
  • $558.00 per person w/Aluminum canoe

Your 7 day/6 night trip package includes:

  • Complete Outfitting (See complete outfitting list)
  • Complete food package (3 meals a day plus snacks)
  • Custom routing and detailed maps
  • Pre-departure Bunkhouse Stay ($19 value per person)
  • Fishing Licenses ($18-25 value)
  • Entry Point ground transportation, limitations apply (round trip, $20-$50 value)
  • Bait (Crawlers or leeches for each person, $4 value per person)
  • Crazy Creek Chair or CVC Back Band ($3 value per person)
  • Hot shower w/towel upon return ($6 value per person)

Cancellations:

Cancellations must be made 15 days in advance of your reservation to receive deposit refund less $25.00 service fee.

Refund Policy:

You will be charged for equipment and canoe for the calendar days used. Early returns for equipment and canoe rental will receive refund of 50% for unused calendar rental days. Outfitting food and permits are non-refundable.

Deluxe Food Package

Deluxe Food Package

Choose our food pack and know that you will have excellent meals throughout your trip. Our menu allows you numerous choices, even for the picky eater. A food pack includes 3 meals a day plus snacks, hot and cold drinks, fresh entrees, fruit, fish breading, oil and more. You will not go hungry!

Also included is cooking gear and utensils, fire starters, matches, TP, paper towels, dishwashing soap, scrubbies, dunk bag, pack, stove and fuel.

Upon confirmation with deposit of your trip, we send a menu selection form to you. Return the completed form to us at least 1-week before your entry date. We will have everything ready for your inspection upon arrival to our Ely based facility.

Choose our food pack and save planning time and enjoy fantastic meals throughout your
wilderness adventure.

$45.00 per person per day

Cancellations:

Cancellations must be made 15 days in advance of your reservation to receive deposit refund less
$25.00 service fee.

Refund Policy:

You will be charged for equipment and canoe for the calendar days used. Early returns for equipment and canoe rental will receive refund of 50% for unused calendar rental days. Outfitting food and permits are non-refundable.

Camping Equipment Only

Camping Equipment Only

Do you already have your own canoe? Do you have the time to pack your own food? We can fill in the gaps. This option can save you time and the headache of cleaning all your camping equipment once you return home from your trip. Equipment packed will be enough for each person paying for equipment. Extra items will be charged on a per day rate.

$40.00 per person per day

Camping Equipment included:

  • Tent, sleeping bag and self-inflating sleeping pad
  • Complete cook kit and utensils
  • Stove w/fuel, matches & fire starters
  • 10’x12’ dining tarp and extra rope
  • Toilet paper and paper towel
  • Camp saw and fire grate (for Quetico Trips)
  • Packs w/plastic liners for equipment and personal gear

Cancellations:

Cancellations must be made 15 days in advance of your reservation to receive deposit refund less $25.00 service fee.

Refund Policy:

You will be charged for equipment and canoe for the calendar days used. Early returns for equipment and canoe rental will receive refund of 50% for unused calendar rental days. Outfitting food and permits are non-refundable.

Canoe and Food Package

Canoe and Food Pack Combo

(minimum party of 2)

The canoe and food pack combo is great for those that have most of their own camping equipment.
Spirit of the Wilderness can fill in the gaps.

  • $58.00 per person per day w/Kevlar canoe
  • $49.00 per person per day w/Aluminum canoe

This package includes everything in our deluxe food pack plus canoe rental. (Paddles, life jackets, portage yoke & car top carrier w/straps included).

Solo travelers please call for rates.

 

​Canoe & Gear Combo – no food included

(Minimum party of 2)

The Canoe & Gear Combo is a package for those who want to pack their own food. Spirit of the Wilderness will take care of the rest.

  • $53.00 per person per day w/Kevlar canoe
  • $46.00 per person per day w/Aluminum canoe

Canoe & Gear Combo includes:

  • Kevlar canoe with wood bent shaft paddles (note: we only use canoes made in the USA)
  • Or Aluminum canoe with straight shaft paddles
  • Life jackets and portage yoke w/pads
  • Tents, sleeping bags and self inflating sleeping pads
  • Complete cook kit and utensils
  • Stove w/fuel, matches and fire starters
  • 10’x12’ dining tarp and extra rope
  • Toilet paper and paper towel
  • Camp saw and fire grate (for Quetico Trips)
  • Packs w/plastic liners for equipment and personal gear

Cancellations:

Cancellations must be made 15 days in advance of your reservation to receive deposit refund less $25.00 service fee.

Refund Policy:

You will be charged for equipment and canoe for the calendar days used. Early returns for equipment and canoe rental will receive refund of 50% for unused calendar rental days. Outfitting food and permits are non-refundable.

Equipment and Food Package

Equipment & Food Pack Combo

(minimum party of 2)

Do you already have your own canoe? (If not you can still rent or buy one from Spirit of the Wilderness). We can take care of the rest of your equipment and pack your food. This will help save you the time of grocery shopping and cleaning equipment after your trip.

$72.00 per person per day

Equipment & Food Pack Combo includes:

  • Deluxe food pack (see deluxe food pack list)
  • Tent, sleeping bag and self-inflating sleeping pad
  • Complete cook kit and utensils
  • Stove w/fuel, matches & fire starters
  • 10’x12’ dining tarp and extra rope
  • Toilet paper and paper towel
  • Camp saw and fire grate (for Quetico Trips)
  • Packs w/plastic liners for equipment and personal gear

Cancellations:

Cancellations must be made 15 days in advance of your reservation to receive deposit refund less $25.00 service fee.

Refund Policy:

You will be charged for equipment and canoe for the calendar days used. Early returns for equipment and canoe rental will receive refund of 50% for unused calendar rental days. Outfitting food and permits are non-refundable.

Partial Outfitting Rates

Partial Outfitting Rates (Including Canoe & Kayak Rental)

Let us help you fill-in the gaps or your equipment needs.

Prices listed are quoted by the calendar day.

Note: we only use canoes & kayaks made in the USA

Aluminum Canoe (Grumman, Alumnacraft):
Includes wood bent-shaft paddles, PFDs, portage carrying yoke w/pads, tie down straps w/pads

  • Aluminum lightweight 17’- 64 lb…$25.00/calendar day
  • Aluminum lightweight 18’- 65 lb…$27.00/calendar day

Kevlar Canoe (We-no-nah & Bell):
Includes wood bent shaft paddles, PFDs, portage yoke, tie down straps w/pads

Solo…$33.00/calendar day

  • Bell Magic 16’ – 32 lb
  • Prism 16’6” – 34 lb
  • Encounter 17′ – 38 lb
  • Canak 16′ – 42 lb

Tandem Canoes…$43.00/calendar day

  • MN II, 18’6” – 42 lb
  • Champlain, 18’ – 45 lb
  • Spirit II, 17’- 42 lb
  • Boundary Waters, 17’ – 42 lb
  • Bell Northwind, 17’6” – 42 lb

3 Seats…$47.00

  • Seneca, 19’ 4”, 3-seats, 54 lb
  • MN III, 3 seats, 20’ – 52 lb

4 Seats…$50.00

  • MN IV, 4-seats, 22” – 64 lb

Current Designs Kayaks
Includes paddle, PFD,safety equipment, tie down straps w/pads

  • Kestral 140 (solo, w/rudder) 14’ – 43 lb…$33.00/calendar day
  • Kestral 170T (tandem) 17’ – 65 lb…$40.00/calendar day
  • NEW! Canak (solo – is it a kayak, a canoe or both?) 16′ – 38 lb … $36.00/calendar day
  • Stand Up Paddle Board… Full day $40, Half Day $28/calendar day

Canoe Accessories

  • Wood bent shaft canoe paddle (included with Kevlar canoe rental)…$3.00
  • Aluminum straight shaft paddle (included with aluminum canoe rental)…$2.00
  • Kayak paddle…$3.00
  • Life jacket…$3.00
  • Portage yoke (canoe)…$4.00
  • Portage wheels (fishing boat)…$9.00
  • Crazy Creek chair…$3.00
  • Canoe Seat Back Band…$3.00

Gear

  • Alps Tent w/rain fly (3 person)…$11.00
  • Alps / Kelty Tent w/rain fly (4 person)…$14.00
  • Kelty Tent w/rain fly (6 person)…$17.00
  • Screen Tent (10 x 10)…$15.00
  • Tarp, ripstop nylon, 10×12, w/ties…$4.00
  • Granite Gear canoe pack #3…$5.00
  • Granite Gear canoe pack #4…$6.00
  • Granite Gear Food Pack…$4.50
  • Insulated Food Pack (small)…$6.00
  • Insulated Food Pack (large)…$7.50
  • Bear Resistant Barrel w/harness…$7.00
  • Sleeping bag (ripstop nylon, Holofil, stuff sack)…$5.50
  • Sleeping pad (ThermaRest, self-inflating)…$4.50
  • Double burner gas stove (fuel extra)…$4.50
  • Back packing stove (fuel extra)…$3.50
  • Fireplace grate in bag (necessary in Quetico)…$1.00
  • Camp saw…$2.50
  • Cook kit…$2.00
  • Cook utensils…$1.50
  • Fish Locator (min 2 day rental, batteries extra)…$16.00
  • Fishing Rod & Reel..$5.00
  • SPOT GPS Messenger $12.00/calendar day (minimum 2 day rental) total $24
  • Satellite Phone…subject to availability

Cancellations:

Cancellations must be made 15 days in advance of your reservation to receive deposit refund less $25.00 service fee.

Refund Policy:

You will be charged for equipment and canoe for the calendar days used. Early returns for equipment and canoe rental will receive refund of 50% for unused calendar rental days. Outfitting food and permits are non-refundable.

Additional equipment available call with requests or for more information

Lodging | Bunkhouse

Lodging | Bunkhouse

Need an inexpensive, but comfortable accommodation the night before or after your adventure? Reserve a night in our bunkhouse.

Our new bunkhouse facility (2013) is located a couple of blocks away from downtown Ely with numerous shops and restaurants.

We ask you to provide your own sleeping bag, unless you choose a complete outfitted trip, then use one of ours. Bunks with sanitized mattresses, shower with towel, refrigerator and stove are included. Air conditioned for your comfort . Off-street parking available for no additonal charge.

Reserve early as space is limited.

$20.00 per person per night

Reservations

Spirit of the Wilderness can reserve and take care of your Permits. Call or email today to reserve your trip.
1-800-950-2709 or 218-365-3149

To reserve your trip please provide the following:

  • Your name, address phone number, email address
  • Alternate group leader’s name for BWCA/Quetico permit (first and last names)
  • Dates you want to travel
  • Type of outfitting or canoes needed
  • Number of people in your group
  • Payment of a deposit ($50/canoe rental or $100/person outfitting packages) to confirm your reservation. Deposits can be paid either by credit card or by check.

You must have a permit to travel within the BWCA