4 days to Boundary Waters, MN from Chicago

4-day trip to the Boundary Waters

Location: Boundary Waters, Ely, Minnesota


To download a full information packet, click here.

Trip at a glance:

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend in the wilderness of the Boundary Waters, a region straddling the United States – Canada border. We will spend one day hiking the gorgeous Bass Trail that loops around Bass Lake, one of the pristine lakes in northern Minnesota. The next day will be spent kayaking/canoeing on the Boundary Waters, a popular spot within the Superior National Forest.

Kick start your summer by enjoying a weekend away with Peak 4 Poverty.



Day 1 – Friday May 24th

06:15 AM Group from Chicago, IL leaves for S. Kawishiwi River campground, Ely, MN

04:30 PM Team arrives at S. Kawishiwi River campground. Enjoy a delicious meal, socialize and relax

Day 2 – Saturday May 25th

07:30 AM Wake-up, enjoy a hearty breakfast

08:30 AM Arrive at Bass Lake Trail parking lot. Start hiking the Bass Lake trail

12:00 PM Enjoy a packed lunch on Bass Lake while taking in the beautiful view of the Superior National Forest

03:00 PM Return to parking lot. Head out to Kawishiwi Falls

03:15 PM Arrive at Kawishiwi Falls parking lot. Start hiking the Kawishiwi Falls trail05:00 PMReturn to parking lot and head back to campground

05:15 PM Arrive at campground. Enjoy a hearty meal, relax and socialize

Day 3 – Sunday May 26th

07:00 AM Wake-up, enjoy a healthy breakfast

08:00 AM Drive to River Point Outfitting Co. Rent canoes/kayaks

12:00 PM Stop and enjoy a packed lunch in the gorgeous wilderness

04:30 PM Return to the River Point Outfitting Co. Return rentals

05:30 PM Arrive at the campground. Enjoy a hearty dinner, relax and socialize

Day 4 – Monday May 27th (Memorial Day)

07:00 AM Breakfast, pack-up

08:00 AM Depart for Chicago

06:30 PM Arrive at Chicago, IL

Saturday Hike – Bass Lake Trail & Kawishiwi Falls

Elevation Gain: 100 ft.

Distance: 5-8 miles round-trip

Route: Bass Lake Trail & Kawishiwi Falls

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Sunday – Canoe/Kayak the magnificent Boundary Waters

Distance: As far as you would like to paddle

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Boundary Waters

Boundary Waters is situated within the Superior National Forest in northeastern Minnesota. It stretches over 100 miles along the US-Canada border and is comprised of over 1,000 lakes, rivers and streams.

We will spend the day kayaking and canoeing in the Boundary Waters. We will set out in groups of 8-9 people with the option of a 2 person canoe or a 1 person kayak. We will stop to enjoy a packed lunch and take in the beautiful wilderness that the Boundary Waters has to offer.

3-night camping

We will be camping at the South Kawishiwi River campgrounds located in the Superior National Forest. Due to its close proximity to the Kawishiwi River, hikers can enjoy the evenings swimming.

Peak 4 Poverty will provide tents; however, each hiker will be required to bring their own sleeping bag.

Cost: $280* (from Chicago or Des Moines)/ $220 (meet us in Ely, MN)

Price includes:

  • Transportation: From the meeting point at departure city to the national park and back*
  • Meals: This includes all the meals from when we get to the national park to when we leave the national park
  • Campsite fees
  • Tents
  • A Peak 4 Poverty exclusive t-shirt
  • Online link of all the pictures taken during the trip

Price does not include:

  • Meals on the road
  • Health and travel insurance


The hikes are rated easy to moderate. Hikers are required to be in good physical condition. If you have any condition that we need to know about, please email us at [masked].


The weather is expected to be in the mid-60s during the day and can drop to the low 40s during the night.

Limited participation

Due to the limited number of spaces available, please submit your application in by May 3rd, 2013.


Join or login to comment.

  • Nabeel M.

    One of the best scenic routes I have hiked and kayaked.

    May 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I realize this is closed and y'all leave in two days. But I am wondering if you might still have room for one more??? If so, please reply!


    May 22, 2013

    • Leila


      May 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi sorry about not replying! I get a bunch of updates from this website so i miss replies. I hope I can join next time!

      1 · May 28, 2013

  • Sachin P.

    Hi Nabeel/Leila, Is it too late to join this trip?

    May 12, 2013

    • Nabeel M.

      Sachin - we are just about to close registration. Please go ahead and register here today so we can reserve your spot. Looking forward to meeting you.


      May 12, 2013

    • Nabeel M.

      We will be closing the sign up tomorrow morning. Not sure if you are still planning on joining us. Thanks - Nabeel

      May 12, 2013

  • Debbie

    also--I would like to bring my 15 year old nephew--any age restrictions?

    April 4, 2013

    • Leila

      Hi Debbie, I am the co-organizer for this trip. Yes, this is a family friendly expedition. Kids are welcome as long as their guardian comes along :) I live close to Evanston and can pick you up from there if you would like.

      April 4, 2013

    • Debbie

      Wow, that would be wonderful! Yes, let's talk when we get closer to the date--one maybe we will meet before then! Thank you for being so gracious.

      1 · April 4, 2013

  • Debbie

    Hey, I want to go but would like to catch the train in Glenview --is that possible? I live in Evanston and it would make it a lot easier.

    April 4, 2013

13 went

Your organizer's refund policy for 4 days to Boundary Waters, MN from Chicago

Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sometimes the best Meetup Group is the one you start

Get started Learn more

Rafaël, started French Conversation Group

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy