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Spring Sale 2019: Blem Paddles

It’s been five years since we’ve been able to offer this variety of cosmetic blem paddles at a substantial discount to you. They aren’t going to last long, so if you see something you like below, just click on the picture and it’ll take you right to the paddle page so you can pop it in your cart.

Our Friends at Bending Branches make excellent paddles!
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Poem: April Ice

April Ice

Birch trees rise from the cliffs,
tenuous in their grip on granite bluff and marginally
layered soil, like teeth in a crooked,
gapped and laughing smile.

Against the green and thickened scruff
of forest they’ve sloughed off last year’s leaves
in favor of a blank canvas,
new skin,
new growth.

Reflected in the lake below
or rather its saturated surface,
they sound like the chorus of candle ice
that I expect to hear
in days to come,
as they mock the waterfall dropping tears from the forest floor.

If you look closer,
at the white branches closest to the shore, you’ll see Rapalas
hanging like abandoned Christmas lights
strung with random charity.
Their only chance for catching
reflected cold and shallow
in the surface pool ahead.

©Timothy James Stouffer 04092019
All Rights Reserved Ely, MN
April Ice

If you are itching to see what canoe camping is all about and you’ve had enough of winter call Drew Brockett or Adam Macht today to begin planning your adventure in the Boundary Waters 1-800-223-6565.

Or click here to find out more!

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Walking the Bass Lake Trail

bass lake melting trail

Trip Journal: Day Hike on the Bass Lake Trail, April 6th, 2019

While the streets and sidewalks of downtown Ely are void of snow, there’s still snow cover in the woods so we deciding to go walking on the Bass Lake Trail. With the exception of a few spaces like in the above picture, the trail to Bass Lake (right arm) is crunchy snow for the most part. Spaced in between is an occasional dry spot or icy spot where the sun has come through the canopy above and melted the snow pack.

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First Canoe Paddle of 2019

Adam and Joe took to the trail yesterday to search out open water. Optimistically, they took a canoe along. The nearby rivers were obvious choices when we have upwards of 2 1/2 feet of ice still on many lakes. The following is their day-trip report. It was a pretty good adventure for the first paddle of the year in a canoe. We want to stress that safety always comes first and this time of year that includes packing for weather changes, canoe dumps (woah, that water is cold) and possible injuries due to unsure footing.

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Spring Camping Gift Guide For Men & Women 2019

With Spring now in full bloom, everyone is venturing outside again and taking camping trips with their friends & family. Which makes it the perfect time to start thinking about a few gifts you can give to someone with a spirit for adventure and a zeal for the outdoors.

Duke Cannon Big Bourbon Beard Kit

Duke Cannon have quickly become a modern mainstay in men’s grooming circles due to their direct & robust masculine style. With notes and aromas infused with real Buffalo Trace Bourbon, this beard kit falls right in line with that declaration of manliness and doesn’t skimp on the practical side of things either with a hearty selection of oils, balms, and soaps that are sure to keep you clean and smelling great all day long.

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Wilderness Ironworks: Hand Forged Functional Tools

Robert Burns makes tools for the Boundary Waters and beyond in his workshop at Wilderness Ironworks.  In partnership, we’ve designed nine tools for camp and home over the last 3 years with two more prototypes in the works.  Each of these is a Boundary Waters Catalog and Piragis Northwoods Company exclusive design.  We asked Robert to share a sneak peak inside his shop and forge with us.  He was kind enough to also share a little insight into his work and design philosophy.

Here’s what he had to say:

I started off being interested in being a blacksmith at the age of thirteen when I began taking classes with Jymm Hoffman studying colonial period ornamental ironwork, As I progressed in to high school I began to study bladesmithing, the art of forging edged tools.

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Book Your Guided Winter Camping Trip Today

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Winter Camping

12/8/2018 – 12/10/2018

Moose Lake-Wind Lake-Witness Lake

winter camping with Piragis

The journey begins with the preparation. Phone calls and emails to convey expectations and aspirations with the guide (Dave) prior to departure elevate excitement and fuel dreams. The day finally comes and we depart from the Moose Lake entry point with pulk (our pack sleds) and toboggans in tow. Find more information about booking a Guide for a trip like this or renting Winter Camping Gear Here.

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Boundary Waters 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

We all know that finding the perfect gift for that special someone can be a daunting task around the holiday season. But we’re here to help with some suggestions sure to please; from camping axes and backpacks to hot sauces and chocolate bars, you are sure to find something on our list worth giving to the ones you love this Christmas.


Hot Sauce Gift Set


  1. Hot Sauce Gift Pack

Give the gift of spice this Holiday season with our famous Hot Sauce Gift Pack! Our hot sauces are both flavorful and can pack a punch. Send Santa sweating all the way back to the North Pole with these four unique blends of delicious heat that work great on any meal!