Boy Scouts, Church Groups
and School Groups:

BWCA Adventure Canoe Trips


 

Gunflint Campsite The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is a unique area for Scout Groups, Youth Groups and School Groups to visit and explore. This vast canoeing wilderness is an adventure from start to finish. You might be paddling around a corner one minute and see a moose feeding, or fishing around a beaver house and feel the hit from a nice northern pike. Then there is the quality time around the campfire, setting up your camp, and planning your next days

Nature presents you with a peaceful and undisturbed setting in the Boundary Waters Wilderness to use as you wish -- to be as structured or open as you please.

How much better can it get than to sit around the waters edge in the morning hearing only the wild birds and the wind in the trees, or to sit around the embers of a dying campfire and discuss the day's activities.

Scout Groups
50 Miler Trip Awards, Eagle Scout Projects, Troop Service Projects, Merit Badges in Cooking, Camping, Canoeing and more!

This is Scouting country--whether it is in conjunction with Sommer's BSA High Adventure Base or a private outfitting company. A canoe trip in the
Boundary Waters Country gets Scouts out into the country camping, cooking, navigating, fishing, exploring and doing all the things they have been training for.

We have hosted Scout groups for over 70 years and have been active scouts ourselves, so we understand your needs and we know how to outfit you for a first class canoe trip.

To help you in planning a trip we have created several choices. You can click on them above on the left. Additional trips can be planned easily--all we have to know is what you are looking for and we will come back with a proposal very quickly.

One of the advantages of using a private outfitting company is the flexibility we offer. We start and end trips every day, we work with you to plan a trip itinerary that fits the ages and expertise of your scouts, you lead your own trips in the
BWCA, trips can be any length of time, we can help you arrange projects or plan merit badge work, and you may bring some of your own gear if you wish.

Paddles decorated by Scout Groups


School Group Camping in Northwoods
School Groups

The
BWCA wilderness is a living laboratory and a work of nature in progress--ever changing, by the seasons and by the years. There are a multitude of opportunities for learning in a variety of disciplines, plus the personal growth, leadership development and confidence building opportunities.

Teachers can make this country into an outdoor classroom in so many ways--it is just a question of what to zero in on and how to package it.

The boreal forest in the highlands of northeastern Minnesota has many species of birds not found in the prairies and hardwood forests of mid America. In our Laurentian highlands, covered with pines, birch, aspen, peat bogs, cedar swamps and balsam thickets, there are over 50 species of resident birds, in addition to the migrations in the spring and fall.


Church Groups

Church Youth Group Canoe Trips, Retreats and Spiritual Development
It is a place for bonding, for leadership, and for personal development. These are some of the values we all hope to share with our youth - as parents, as church leaders and as educators.


GROUP TRIPS

Bangor High School Students 20067 Day/ 6 Night Wilderness Canoe Trip Package

Trip length: 7 days and 6 nights
$289.00 per person
Minimum 8 people needed for the non-profit rate.

(your first and last night at
Gunflint Outfitters, and 4 nights camping out in the BWCA wilderness) This package includes: Complete outfitting (less your sleeping bags and Thermo-rest pads), all foods, your first and last nights accommodations in rustic canoer cabins, BWCA rules and regulations briefing, trip orientation, and paddling lessons if desired. Not included is the sales tax, BWCAW permits, BWCAW user fees and fishing license.


Arrive at Gunflint sometime in the afternoon of your first day. Sign in, get settled in your canoer cabins for your first nights accommodations, repack your personal gear in the packs we issue each person, start your trip briefing and wilderness orientation, and enjoy a pasta dinner. The rest of the evening is yours to explore and do some practice paddling at the lakefront.

The next morning after a hot breakfast, get fitted with your PFD vest and paddle and load up for a short trip to your entry point. From there you will head out into the wilderness - identifying plant species, paddling, camping, cooking, exploring, and fishing for 4 nights and most of 5 days.

On the 5th day of your canoe trip we will meet you at the landing and bring you back to our base giving you enough time for a hot shower before a tasty BBQ dinner. Again you have overnight accommodations in canoer cabins. We will have a quick-start cold breakfast waiting for you before you leave for home the next morning.

Bangor High School Students 2006

8 Day/ 7 Night Adventure Canoe Trip Package

This is a bit longer and is designed to support a longer and harder trip in the
BWCA wilderness. We have several loop trips that take you deep into the heart of the BWCA that your scouts will long remember as a real adventure.

Trip length: 8 days and 7 nights
$319.00 per person
Minimum 8 people needed for the non-profit rate.

Your first and last night is at Gunflint Outfitters, plus 5 nights camping out in the wilderness.

This package includes: Complete outfitting (less your sleeping bags and Thermo-rest pads), all foods, your first and last nights accommodations in rustic canoer cabins, BWCA rules and regulations briefing, trip orientation, and paddling lessons if desired. Not included is the sales tax, BWCAW permits, BWCAW user fees and fishing license.



7 Day/ 6 Night Starter Canoe Trip Package

First 2 nights at the outfitters, 4 days and 3 nights in the wilderness, and your last night at the outfitters.

Trip length: 7 days and 6 nights
$279.00 per person
Minimum 8 people needed for the non-profit rate.

This package works well for first timers or younger groups. Everyone has a day here at the outfitters to learn their paddling skills, get repacked for their canoe trip, and cook a few meals together in our pavilion before heading out into the BWCA wilderness to camp out and explore. We provide all your food for the entire trip starting with dinner on your arrival day and ending with breakfast on your departure day. You cook your first 5 meals at our pavilion, and then we will prepare your last breakfast for you on your departure day.

 

9 Day/ 8 Night Quetico Park Wilderness Canoe Trip Package

First night at the outfitters, 7 days and 6 nights in the wilderness, and your last night at the outfitters, plus round trip tow service on Saganaga Lake to American Point. (Please remember your BWCA wilderness permit, Quetico Park fees and remote border crossing application are additional.)

Trip length: 9 days and 8 nights
$449.00 per person

We will custom plan your trip with a start on Saganaga Lake so you can enter the Quetico without a single portage. Then your adventure begins, as trips into the Quetico are more remote and challenging than BWCAW trips. The lakes are pristine and the fishing is normally outstanding. The camping is a bit more rustic in the Quetico Park as there are no designated fire ring locations nor wilderness latrines at the campsites.

 

8 Day/ 7 Night Eagle Scout Project Trip Package

First 2 nights at the outfitters, 5 days and 4 nights in the wilderness, and your last night at the outfitters.

Trip length: 7 days and 6 nights
$319.00 per person
Minimum 8 people needed for the non-profit rate.

The eagle scout candidate works with us in planning a service project, plus working out the details for the entire troop canoe trip. We work together in selecting a project that has the appropriate challenges so it is approved by the scout review committee. Projects range from giving a helping hand to a handicapped neighbor making their home firewise, building a scenic hiking trail to taking on the challenge of helping in reforestation of lands burned in recent wildfires.

 

Food and Canoes Only

$42 per person per calendar day

For groups who have their own tents, packs, sleeping bags, and cooking utensils, this fits your bill. You can pick from Wenonah Royalex canoes, your choice of paddle sizes, PFD vests, and anything from our food menu. In addition we include a night before and after your canoe trip in our rustic bunk houses. Group meals while staying with us are available for an additional purchase.

 

Permit Info

For non-profit groups reserving permits for the Boundary Waters it is required that we have your tax exempt number on file

We will need to be paid with either a non-profit check or credit card in the non-profit's name for you to be tax exempt

Your trip deposit for complete groups is $300, and partial groups is $100

 

Gear List:

* Wenonah Royalex Canoes
* PFD vests
* Carlisle Aluminum paddles
* Eureka Timerline Tents with rain fly
* Personal packs
* Gear packs
* Dining fly & ground cloths
* Folding saw
* Bear rope & camp rope
* Cook kit with eating & cooking utensils
* Clean up items
* Single burner stove with fuel- optional
* Shovel
* First aid kit
* Toilet paper
* All meals-combo of fresh & freeze dried food

Our outfitting includes everything you should need for your canoe trip, except your sleeping bag and pad and your personal gear--fishing tackle, sun screen, etc.               

Partial Outfitting

Wenonah Royalex canoe .......................................................... $18.00
      per calendar day with yoke, paddles and PFD vests  
Quetico Superior Duluth Packs..................................................................... $4.00
      per calendar day  
Eureka tents ................................................................................................ $15.00
     per calendar day  
Rustic Bunk House ...................................................................................... $10.00
     per person including showers  
   
Group Meals before and after your canoe trip:: Each
Cold Cereal Breakfast ..................................................................................... $3.00
Pancake Breakfast ......................................................................................... $5.00
Pasta Dinner ................................................................................................... $8.00
Sloppy Joes .................................................................................................... $8.00
   
Tow boat service on Saganaga and Gunflint Lakes - call for quote



Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters
143 South Gunflint Lake
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Phone: 218.388.2296
Toll Free: 888.226.6346
Fax: 218.388.9429
Email: bonnie@gunflint.com


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Photography from: Melissa Anderson, Tiffany Richards, Robert Kerfoot, & Gunflint guests