Northern Lakes Canoe Base
Located 20 miles east of Ely, MN, just a short paddle from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, 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. Guides are certified in Lifeguarding and Wilderness First Aid.
Click here to view our 2014 Resident Camp and Wilderness Canoe Tripping Guide! Details on adventures departing from our Canoe Base begin on page 16. 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.
Each summer we host Flex Crews (troop/groups) from all over the US. If you are interested in planning a Flex Trip please contact us for more details firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 @ email@example.com.
Missing "The Base"?
Get added to our Northern Lakes Canoe Base Alumni Association mailing list! Contact Melissa Garza via email @ firstname.lastname@example.org to join.