Information for BWCA/Quetico Trips

Canoe Rental, Guided Trips, Live Bait, Tackle & Gear

Your personal preferences, comfort and safety are all factors that you will ultimately judge the quality of your wilderness adventure into the BWCA or Quetico – why leave any of this to chance? The most important decision you will make before your canoe, kayak or hiking trip is your choice of a BWCA or Quetico outfitter. No one will give you the personal attention you need like Spirit of the Wilderness Outfitter and Bait Shop, located in Ely, Minnesota, the canoe capital of the upper Midwest.

We Start With You

What are your primary interests?

  • Fishing for walleye, bass, northern pike or lake trout
  • Wilderness photography of northern plants and wildlife
  • Exploring historical sites
  • Viewing ancient pictographs and towering pines
  • Or simply a desire to experience “the wilderness”

Your interests, expectations, camping and canoeing skills are the keys to planning your canoe trip. Are you an experienced canoeist? Do you desire to follow the routes of the French Voyageurs, challenges of portaging to remote locations? Perhaps a more laid back pace suits your desires. Whatever situation, Spirit of the Wilderness can guide you on the BWCA trip you’ve always wanted.

Picking the Options

Do you like to travel solo, with a group, with a guide…use a towing service…or you might like to fly into the Quetico Park by floatplane and paddle back to Ely. Is there someone in your group with special medical or physical needs?

Whichever option you choose, Spirit of the Wilderness can provide answers to any questions you may have. We help you to select the type of adventure, canoe rentals and outfitting needs that fit your vacation budget.