Ely, MN Resort - Big Lake Wilderness Lodge

BWCA Canoe Trips

Ely MN Resort offering BWCA Canoe Trips - Big Lake Wilderness Lodge


Outfitted Overnight BWCA Canoe Trips
Picture a night sky studded with stars or streaked with northern lights. The eerie wail of a loon echoing across the water. The crackle and warm glow of an evening campfire. And the sizzle of freshly-caught fish in the fry pan. These are some of the special sights and sounds of the wilderness you'll experience on an overnight canoe trip.

Big Lake Wilderness Lodge is conveniently located close to BWCA entry points along the Echo Trail:

#7 From Big Lake --
#8 Moose/Portage River South 10 miles
#9 Little Indian Sioux South 12 miles
#14 Little Indian Sioux North 12 miles
#16 Nina Moose (Portage River North) 6.5 miles
#19 Stuart River 0.5 miles
#20 Angleworm 7 miles
#22/23 Mudro 14 miles

CANOES (rate per day)

Kevlar (tandem) $40.00
Wenonah Minnesota III (3-man) $45.00
Wenonah Prism (solo) $36.00
Alumacraft lightweight (tandem) $25.00

Canoe bumpers, tie downs, paddles, and lifejackets included with canoe rentals


Parking (daily) $6.00
Parking (weekly) $30.00

Supplies, groceries, ice, and snacks available in the Lodge.

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. As a Cooperator with the Forest Service, we are an equal opportunity service provider. We are happy to issue your travel permit on behalf of the US Forest Service... simply indicate you would like the permit sent to Cooperator #82 on your permit application.

Travel permits can be obtained online at www.recreation.gov.

For more information about the Superior National Forest go to www.fs.fed.us/r9/superior/.

Call us if you need assistance.