629 East Sheridan Street, Ely, MN
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...)
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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