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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!


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Heinselman Special Wenonah Adirondack Canoe

The great wilderness hero of the 1970’s was a quiet forest ecologist turned wilderness warrior named Miron “Bud” Heinselman.  His research on the history and importance of fire in the Boundary Waters Ecosystem is still the bedrock of all fire ecology across North America.  Bud’s love of the wilderness lead him to oppose an attack on the integrity of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in the mid 1970’s when local efforts were trying to chip away at the size and purity of the wilderness.

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Get a taste for Canoe Camping

Sometimes you can’t escape for longer than an overnight. Sometimes you want to go canoe camping but you have to be at work the next day. But… you haven’t been in the woods overnight forever. And… Summer is escaping. You feel the need to cook over an open flame, to sit next to some coals and do some thinking that can only be done when woodsmoke is involved.

Sometimes you have to hang your hammock from trees that aren’t in the back yard or the park and spend (even if it is only a few hours) some quality time with friends.

There’s more in the cooking pot than just a freeze dried or dehydrated meal.  There’s friendship, rejuvenation, and yes, stress relief.  For us it can’t be beat, even if it’s just overnight, even if we find ourselves camping outside the wilderness for just one night.  We want you to have a taste of what we do here all Summer in Ely, Minnesota.

Click the view more link below to watch a great video and catch Canoe Camping Fever!

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Boundary Waters Poem: Ahead


The water road winds ahead
never weary of reflecting the blue sky above,
like a mid-century Hamms beer commercial.
Harvey is focused on me.
Perhaps he’s hungry or bored with the rocking motion,
perhaps he’s wondering about his life vest,
perhaps there’s something behind me,
besides the breakneck pace of
life we’ve left behind.