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Boundary Waters Canoe Trips

Located 20 miles east of Ely, MN, just a short paddle from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), this wilderness tripping camp offers completely outfitted canoe trips.  Girls ages 12-18 -- and adults -- come on 3, 5, 7, and 10 day canoe trips.  Participants come from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and throughout the United States.  Canoe Guides are certified in Lifeguarding and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR).  

Our fabulous canoe guides celebrate after a sucessful staff trip to kick off the season and then celebrate at the Chocolate Moose to wrap up the summer.  These amazing women lead and inspire girls (and adults) with grace and poise and we love their passion for the wilderness!  Learn more about our guides and Canoe Base Staff. 
Lindsey Lee    Catherine Pettinger      Faith Knipe


Come get to know the base on Camp Care Day or schedule a Canoe Base Visit, then paddle off with us on a themed open-enrollment trip or flex trip with your group!  Registration is open now, so sign up today to guarantee your spot.


Each summer we host a Girl Scouts of the USA destination from the Canoe Base called North Country Rock-N-Wilderness.  You can find information on North Country Rock-N-Wilderness here.

We also host Getaways and Flex Crews for troops and groups from all over the US.  If you are interested in planning a Getaway or Flex Trip please contact us for more details

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North Country Rock-N-Wilderness

Up for a challenge this summer? Picture yourself on a ropes course and scaling a rock wall, sea kayaking on a beautiful lake and then take off on a multi-day canoeing adventure through one of the most pristine wilderness areas in the country.

For more information, check out this Girl Scout Destination! 


Bring a friend

Girl Scouts can bring friends, even if they are not currently Girl Scouts. The friend's camp session costs the registration fee plus $15 and registers them as a Girl Scout.  To bring a friend, complete separate registrations and mail in the same envelope. Girls must put each other's name on the registration form and register for the same session.

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Help us share information about trips from the Northern Lakes Canoe Base with this full color brochure.  Interested in a brochure or few? 
Contact Melissa Garza via email @

Forest Service Regulations

We are a Cooperator with the USDA Forest Service under the Superior National Forest. We issue permits into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. To preserve the wilderness, visitors to the BWCAW must follow certain regulations. Click here to learn the details.

Trip Activities

2015 Wilderness Canoe Tripping & Resident Camp Guide

Arrival Day

We meet mid-day in Ely to travel to the canoe base.  After splitting into canoeing groups, training begins. Girls learn about paddling, portaging and canoe safety. We spend the first night in tents at the canoe base.

Adventure Begins
The following morning after breakfast, we are off on the wilderness adventure of a lifetime! We enjoy the eagles and loons as we paddle and portage to new lakes. Each day we will arrive at a new camp site where we will pitch tents and spend the afternoon and evening swimming, relaxing, journaling, exploring, and laughing with new and old friends.

Layover Day
We wake up to a pancake feast. Some of us take a short day trip to see pictographs, waterfalls or the Root Beer Lady’s old homestead.

Final Day
We paddle back into the base singing and talking about our new skills and accomplishments.  We unpack our bags, take a hot shower, visit the Camp Store and start planning for next year!


Past Participants

Ready for the next step? 
Join us for a Guide-In-Training session.
Learn to lead wilderness canoe trips.  You must attend a minimum of 3 trips to assure adequate training.  We recommend consecutive training trips, however, we will work with your schedule.  Room and board provided during training.  To arrange dates contact Melissa Garza via email @

Missing "The Base"?
Get added to our Northern Lakes Canoe Base Alumni Association mailing list!  Contact Melissa Garza via email @ to join.










Dreams to Reality

Plan to Join us at...
The Kitchi Gammi Club 
Duluth, MN
Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:30pm - 8:30pm


Click logo above for more information and to purchase tickets!   




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