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Canoe Trip... CANCELED !

  • Canoe Country Outfitters

    629 East Sheridan Street, Ely, MN (map)

    47.903198 -91.857086

  • Attention Nature lovers, Fishermen, and Adventure Seekers...


    The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota and Quetico Provincial Park in Canada hug their respective sides of the border, but combine to offer 3 million acres of road less wilderness containing almost 3000 lakes, protected from motorboats, lodges, and the encroachment of civilization. This is a land scraped to ancient bedrock by glaciers, the resulting depressions becoming crystal clear lakes, containing Lake Trout, Walleye, Pike, & Bass, surrounded by boreal forests and bogs.
    This land has always been a stronghold of the wolf and is not only rich in wildlife, but in history as well. The Cree and Ojibwa Indians left their mark here as did the French fur traders. Long before Lewis and Clark headed up the Missouri River, the Voyageurs were paddling through this land as part of their canoeing highway to the Arctic. It still exists as the wilderness they saw.
    We will rendezvous in Ely, MN,(10 hour drive from Chicago) before being dropped at the roads end. From there we will begin our 7-day journey through some of the Boundary Waters' most beautiful lakes, streams, and rivers. Canoeing and camping we'll travel through many lakes, in this beautiful wilderness. We'll catch a variety of fish from sparkling lakes and see wildlife that may include: moose, bear, wolves, eagles, otter, and beaver. At night the skies will be ablaze with the Milky Way and possibly the Aurora Borealis, to highlight our campfire tales.
    We’ll cross portage trails used by Voyageurs over 250 years ago and travel land and lakes much as they did. City life and your jobs will seem centuries away as we see no roads, buildings, or TV, and hear no motors, commercials or car horns. We’ll feel muscles wake up that we'd forgotten we had, and the call of the loon, will lull us to sleep amongst whispering pine boughs and soothing lake breezes.
    Our trip leader will be Ed Deacy who has been guiding canoe trips for over 30 years and visited over 500 lakes, while paddling the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for more than 37 consecutive years.


    MATS Boundary Waters Canoe Trip...

    8 person limit
    7days & 6 nights canoeing & camping
    August 24 - September 1, 2013

    The cost is $830.00 per person

    INCLUDED WITH THIS TRIP...
    -Dinner @ The Chocolate Moose Restaurant, upon arrival in Ely, on August 24 http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-chocolate-moose-ely
    -Bunking accommodations at Canoe Country Outfitters on evening of August 24.
    -Hearty breakfast at popular Ely restaurant on first morning (August 25).
    -Shuttle to our starting point at Lake One entry point.
    -7 days / 6 nights canoeing and camping.
    -All camping permits and camping fees.
    -All canoes, paddles, life vests, tents, packs, tarps, rope, thermorest mats, sleeping bags, kitchen ware, water filters, toiletries, soap, and guide prepared gourmet meals on the 7 day canoe trip.
    - Ed Deacy's guiding, which includes him doing the bulk of the portaging and camp work, along with all cooking, dish washing, fish cleaning and more.
    -Shuttle from Snowbank Lake to Ely, at conclusion of canoe trip on August 31.
    - Last night lodging, at a quaint Inn, in Ely... http://www.stayinnely.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=24&Itemid=36
    - Dinner & drinks at The Ely Steakhouse... http://www.elysteakhouse.com/
    - Breakfast on last morning (September 1st), at the bakery, below the Inn.

    WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED...
    - Fishing license ($39.00 for 7 days...purchase in Ely)

    - Transportation to Ely MN. (car-pooling can be arranged)


    A $200.00 deposit, to reserve a spot, is due no later than June 1st.
    The balance will be due by August 10.
    A complete refund will be made, if you cancel before August 12.
    After August 12, all but $ 50.00 will be returned (due to repacking of food & gear, etc...)

    any questions... [masked]




    TRIP ITINERARY (subject to change)
    - Saturday August 24 ...Drive to Ely MN. (10 hours from Chicago)
    ...Dinner @ Chocolate Moose Restaurant
    ...Final shopping, packing, & stay at Canoe Country Outfitters
    -Sunday August 25...Breakfast in Ely MN.
    ...Board shuttle to Lake One
    ...5 miles & 4 portages to Bridge Lake
    ....Relax, fish, dinner, campfire, etc...
    -Monday August 26...10 miles & 6 portages to Insula Lake
    ....relax, fish, etc...
    -Tuesday August 27...Layover day...Fish, explore, swim, chill out.
    -Wednesday August 28....7 miles & 7 portages to Ima Lake
    -Thursday August 29...Layover Day...Fish, explore, swim, chill out.

    -Friday August 30.......4 miles & 5 portages to Abinodji Lake
    ....Fish, swim, etc...
    -Saturday August 31....5 miles & 3 portages to Snowbank Lake Landing
    ....Shuttle back to Ely, MN
    ....Check in at "The Basketree Inn"
    ....Dinner & drinks, at Ely Steakhouse
    Sunday September 1st...Breakfast & drive home

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  • Jim

    Ed. Thanks for trying. I definitely will go next year around the same time is perfect

    2 · August 5, 2013

  • Jim

    Have any others joined....is this trip still a go?

    July 27, 2013

    • Peter P.

      Hi Jim. Just talked to Ed. He gave me a couple of days to post on Facebook & see if I can find anyone.

      1 · August 2, 2013

    • Peter P.

      Hi Jim. Just talked to Ed. He gave me a couple of days to post on Facebook & see if I can find anyone.

      August 2, 2013

  • Kathryn

    have to cancel. starting a new job on aug 16th and not able to take the week off.

    July 30, 2013

  • Ed D.

    I'm still trying to get one more person, to make this trip a "go".

    July 29, 2013

  • Ed D.

    Jim, Peter, & I, are in for sure...
    Still waiting to see who is going to join us.
    ?

    July 15, 2013

  • Kathleen O.

    Ed,

    Is this trip full? Also, have you decided what lakes you will be traveling on?

    Kathleen

    July 14, 2013

    • Ed D.

      No it is not full, and I'm being a bit lenient, with the sign-up deadline.
      I'm still waiting on deposits, for several people.
      The route & lakes are mostly set, but I am flexible should weather, or group dynamics toss me a curve.

      July 14, 2013

  • Ed D.

    Deposits are due now, for this trip.
    If anyone else is interested, let me know, as this is the last chance to sign up.
    Thank You
    Ed

    July 5, 2013

    • Jim

      Ed, i found your address in my spam. Will mail check today. Thanks.

      1 · July 5, 2013

    • Ed D.

      Thanks for the deposit, Jim !

      July 13, 2013

  • Jim

    I am looking for a ride to carpool with someone up to minnesota, i can drive and will pitch in for gas. i am on Chicago's northwest side and can leave anytime. let me know if someone has room for one more. Thank you.

    July 3, 2013

  • Frederic

    bugs ? the mosquito is the minnesota state bird. :)

    June 21, 2013

  • Ed D.

    I have not forgotten about this trip & am quite excited about it.
    I'll be planning a get together sometime before August to go over gear, food, route, clothing list, carpools, etc...
    How would a mid-week night in DesPlaines work ?

    June 18, 2013

    • Jim

      monday or tuesday night if I am still in.

      June 18, 2013

    • Ed D.

      Jim, you're all still in, though I have yet to receive any payments. I tried sending my address. I'll try again.
      Once again here is my email...
      [masked]

      June 20, 2013

  • Jim

    ed, am i still in? i never received your email to send payment to.

    June 18, 2013

  • Jim

    Ed please send address so I can mail payment

    June 1, 2013

  • Jim

    Ed I sent you an email for your address so I could mail you the deposit but you have not given me your address

    May 31, 2013

    • Ed D.

      I sent you an email back Jim. I'll check it again.

      May 31, 2013

  • Kathy

    School gets started would just be to difficult. Dying to go wish it was a week earlier. Shucks:(

    April 19, 2013

    • Ed D.

      Sorry Kathy...remind me to pick an earlier date, next year.

      May 7, 2013

  • Ed D.

    Jim,
    Good to see someone is on top of things.
    I have decided to extend the sign up deadline until June 1.
    If it's ok with the group, I'd like checks sent directly to me.
    email me at [masked] , and I'll send you my home address.

    May 2, 2013

    • Jim

      Ok will do

      May 2, 2013

  • Jim

    how do we make the $200 deposit payment?

    April 30, 2013

  • Jim

    is it possible to move date back one week? I have the Chicago triathlon August 25, 2013? If not then unfortunately, i can not make it. Would love to go next year - are you doing another trip next year?

    March 26, 2013

    • Ed D.

      Jim, I'm sorry, the permit & rooms are already reserved & I have other plans that week as well.

      March 26, 2013

    • Kathy

      If it were just a week before I have to change My RSVP school gets started. Kathy

      April 19, 2013

  • Ed D.

    Six is a nice size group, for camping & traveling, but I can still take two more.

    April 19, 2013

  • Jim

    If space is still open i will cancel the chicago triathlon. I have to get back to nature

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Marsha

    Hi Ed, glad to see the trip posted. Sorry I'm not going to make this one but it looks fantastic.

    1 · March 28, 2013

  • Frederic

    perhaps ?

    March 26, 2013

  • Marie B

    I highly recommend this trip. I did it 10 years ago with Ed and 7 other MATS friends, and had the trip of a lifetime. You couldn't ask for a better guide than Ed.

    1 · March 26, 2013

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