Canoeing and Kayaking
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is a million acre wilderness in northeastern Minnesota with about the freshest air and purest water in the country, one of the few places left in the world where a unique Minnesota Canoeing experience is still available.
Vosburgh's Custom Cabin Rentals is located on the edge of the BWCAW on Moose Lake. Endless paddling adventures are available, starting directly from our boat launch. There are excellent day trip options in the area. We have aluminum canoes and kayaks available for paddle rental. There are many outfitters in the area who can provide complete outfitting. We are happy to provide recommendations and provide guide services.
Learn more about canoeing in Ely here.
Day Trip Paddling Options in the Ely area BWCAW
Check out these popular family-friendly day canoe trips in the Ely area BWCAW. Beyond the suggested routes below, there is ample day paddling on Moose Lake.
You must have a day permit (available at the entry point) and follow BWCAW rules and regulations.
If you are new to paddling in the BWCAW we highly recommend hiring a guide for your first time. We are happy to provide suggestions to our guests for excellent local guides.
Bring ample food, water, and sunscreen, and always check the weather prior to traveling.
Cans and glass are not allowed.
We recommend that you use an official map. The maps below are just suggested routes and do not have campsites or portages listed. We have Moose Lake area maps available for sale.
We strongly encourage paddlers to be competent in safely portaging and loading a canoe, map reading, and steering in strong winds prior to embarking on a wilderness adventure. Make sure you have the skills to handle adverse weather.
Lake One Loop
4 mile loop
14 miles total
Bass Lake Loop
18 mile loop
Although not technically in the BWCAW this is a very fun and scenic day paddle through the historic Bass Lake. Take a dip in the dry falls rapids on Bass Lake falls on your way. Lots of waterfowl on this route! Prior paddling experience required.
Start at the Bass Lake Trailhead.
30 min from Vosburgh's Custom Cabin Rentals.