This was our first trip to the BWCA. We brought 2 adults and 4 kids (ages 6-11)! We purchased the Complete Outfitting Package with Voyageur Canoe Outfitters to make sure that we had everything we needed and to keep the trip as simple as possible from a packing perspective. It was a FANTASTIC experience!
The Voyageur staff was very professional and really took the time to go over the equipment, route, and maps with us until we felt comfortable. They also put us up in a nice rustic cabin and served a great pancake breakfast to get us going with a strong start. All of our equipment was in excellent condition and packed perfectly. The food was generous, well-packed, labeled perfectly, and really good. When we returned from our BWCA adventure, the staff had our car pulled up for easy loading, took care of all of the equipment immediately, and offered us towels and a shower.
I have done lots of camping trips before, but have never been outfitted by a company. This is really the way to go. I HIGHLY recommend VCO for their professionalism, high quality of gear, level of support, and the convenience.
We went on a two-night Boundary Waters camping trip starting June 20. It rained all night June 19, which was very cozy in the bunkhouse with a tin roof. It also rained all morning of our first day, but cleared off for supper. The second day was windy, but clear. We made clotheslines and dried everything out. The highlight came on the third morning when the sun came out! As we were eating breakfast, we watched a Mama moose and her baby swim from a nearby island to the other end of the island where we camped. There was also a bald eagle perched on a tree near our camp all three days. We felt so blessed to have another BWCA wilderness trip, and hope to return!
Thanks to the Voyageur crew who made our trip one of the best. From the start, the accommodations were great (2 bunkhouses, 1 for each family) A great breakfast, with a friendly greeting from the crew. A superb tow boat operator, (navigated the shallow waters like a surgeon) The weather could not have been better, we all thank you for that. We will see you all next year.
Dennis and Kathy Black
Normally I trip into QueticoPark, but this year decided to do a Boundary Waters canoe trip with my daughter Sarah and her new husband John. John is a newbie to the BWCA, but an experienced hiker and outdoorsman, who had no trouble with the trip. We did the Saganaga-Knife-Seagull trip for the beauty, and also to get a look at the burned area.
As usual the scenery was pretty and the canoe trip mostly uneventful (other than the nice views), which is what we want–a nice camping trip with no mishaps or major troubles. However, we made our own amusement with “watermelon head.”
We dressed a watermelon in its own life jacket for the paddle (so it wouldn’t roll around) and make jokes about it, let it go swimming in the lake water to cool off at the first BWCA camp site, then sacrificed it on a tree stump alter, after which we ate it! It was soooo good after a long day’s paddle. Probably had to be there to enjoy the amusement.
We did not see any big game, but did find bear claw marks on a white birch tree at one of our camp sites. Fishing was pretty bad or we were just unlucky, but most people we met said they also had little luck that week. That being said, we did catch catch saugers, pike, and bass, but they were generally small and not very many of them.
Once again, as in all previous trips, Voyageur Canoe Outfitters did a wonderful job in assisting with partial outfitting for our Boundary Waters canoe trip. We purchased some last minute items and rented a Wenonah solo canoe due to our odd number, while Sarah and John paddled my vintage 1975 Mad River Explorer.
We had to drive 7 hours to get to Voyageur Canoe Outfitters, so, really enjoyed the bunkhouse stay the night before the BWCA trip, breakfast the morning of, and the showers afterwards.
The staff is always friendly and helpful. Looking forward to our next trip, which will be back into Quetico Park. Hope to have Voyageur be our partial outfitter of choice again.
This August was my second fishing trip to Voyageur Outfitters. Last year we stayed in an RV, but this year we rented Riverside Cabin. Very nice place! There was everything we needed to be comfortable already there. Once again the staff was very friendly and helpful(those that were left!) Many had already headed home being they are college students. I hope to make it up again next year. It is such a relaxing place to spend a week, It makes it very hard to go back to “The real world”! We caught lots of northern and smallmouth bass. Enough that we ate fish everynight and brought home our limit! Can’t wait for our yearly fish fry! I strongly recommend this outfitters to anyone that loves nature and relaxing!
La Porte City, Iowa
I wanted to thank you for your polite, efficient, and professional service. I have been taking trips up in the area for 30 years and have used a few different outfitters. This trip was my first with Voyageurs and it will not be my last. Your staff was great and the service excellent. I will be recommending you to others and will use your services again in the future! Thanks for helping create a great BWCA canoe trip for us.
St. Paul, MN
We had trouble getting to Saganaga Lake in the BWCA June 14th because of the bad weather. We didn’t make it to the Ranger Station before they closed so we had the permit sent to Seagull Outfitters but arrived there after 7pm and they were closed as well.
We were in a panic! I said to our group let’s try Voyageur Canoe Outfitters as we have stayed at your Lodge in the past.
Without question Mike helped us secure our Boundary Waters overnight motor permit!
A big “thank you” from the Kretschmer’s from Wabasha, MN.
Hope to get to your beautiful area one more time before the snow falls as we caught Walleye’s on Sag and my son Charlie caught a 44 inch Northern which was released to excite the next unknowing Smallmouth fisher person casting the shore line.
This year was my fourth trip into BWCA through Voyageur Canoe Outfitters. This year was different because it was just me and my 13 year old son. This was his first Boundary Waters trip. And what a blast we had. I chose the Boundary Waters entry point 54- SeagullLake. My idea was to base camp in Seagull and portage into Alpine to do some serious fishing. After setting up camp the first day Me and my son spent the rest of the day swimming and “cliif diving off of a 8 ft cliff in the northern edge of Seagull.
We decided to go to Alpine in the morning. The first night after cleaning up supper, I was very tired so, i decided to goto bed at about 10:30. My son came in tent about midnight. And rouoghly around 12:30 am it started to rain. It did not quit until 11:00 am the next morning. After climbing out tent at 11:30, my son ask me “what do we do now”.
At about the same time my son woke up from sleep, the sun appeared in the sky. I told my son get up and lets start hanging up sleeping bags and clothes. Everything in tent was completely soaked with rain water. We hung everything up on lines soo we could sleep on dry sleeping bags that night. Since sun was up, we decided to paddle to alpine. As soon as we reached the portage to Alpine it began to pour down rain. I son asked came we go back to camp. I told him yes that was fine. When we made it back to camp, everthing was completely soggy soaked. My son then asked” do we stay or do we go now? Since the time was 4:30, I told him the we go now.
Once we got back to Voyageur Canoe Outfitters Mike informed us the we received 4 inches of rain that day and that all other groups return in the early moring. I felt better that we were the last to come in. Even though we had 4 inches of rain I would not have chenged a thing. My son and I had a great father and son BWCA bonding experience. Thanks Voyageur Crew.
We entered the BWCA on July 20 for a four night stay. We paddled to Long Island lake and made a base camp. We had great weather and enjoyed our trip. The water was the warmest I can remember for the BWCA. The bugs were not bad, except for the biting flies. I plan to visit the Boundary Waters again soon.
I just wanted to thank you guys again for our BWCA canoe trip. It was a dream come true for me. I told Mike that it will not be the last time we book a Boundary Waters trip with you guys! My wife is on board for another trip too…even though we had a bear in camp and 6 feet from the tent with us in it!!! I think the BWCA has stolen my soul.
Bismarck, North Dakota