Bill and I have just returned back from a terrific trip to the Boundary Waters. It had been years since I had been on a canoe trip, and my husband had hardly even been in a canoe! So, we were very excited for our adventure in the North Woods. Voyageur Outfitters came highly recommended from a friend living in the Twin Cities area. We weren’t disappointed! Due to our lack of experience, we opted to stay in a cabin for a few days and do day trips; only venturing out into the wilderness the final day for an overnight camp out. From start to finish, the crew exceeded our expectations. All crew members were enthusiastic, informative, and genuinely concerned with our enjoyment and safety. We were given lots of advice on routing, both for our day trips and the overnight. This group truly loves the wilderness and their job! I hope to see all of them again. I hesitate to mention names because they were all outstanding. But, I guess I have to give a special shout-out to the girls: Kyra, Abigail, and Hannah. They were the best!
We didn’t see an bears or moose – but the LOONS!!! We were thoroughly captivated by their calls! One evening, we heard them do their dance – unforgettable!
Mike and Sue are running a great operation. We hope to be back next year!
Lindsay & Bill – Atlanta, GA
We over-came a strong wind in the Boundary Waters our first day on the water, but found a great BWCA campsite!
VCO does a really good outfitting job. First, the staff is really friendly and knowledgeable about the areas reachable from their location. Second, the little camper cabins are clean and a great night-before place to stay. Not as comfortable as a motel in Grand Marais would be, but breakfast is included and a Weber grill and picnic table are provided. Sort of eases you into camping. Third, the location allows trips entirely without portages on Saganaga, entries into the Quetico, both of which I might do in the future, and conventional small lake portage BWCA paddling & camping. All is beautiful. VCO will also boat you to the west end of Sag. to shave a couple hours off the paddling to the small lake area. It costs $50/person each way, so the value isn’t really great. We found terrific campsites on Ester Lake (small peaceful lake 4 portages in) and on Sag. The sound of the motorboats on Sag. isn’t ideal, but wasn’t unbearable for one night and our last-night out campsite was pretty close to the bases. Be sure to check out the equipment provided carefully. We were given a Thermarest that was labeled “Full length” that was only 3/4. Otherwise, the gear was good. the Granite Gear packs were especially good, but the $3 each heavy duty bag liners we brought were much better than just the basic garbage bags provided.
Brad – Minneapolis, MN
Don’t even know where to begin shy of saying THANK YOU Voyageur Canoe Outfitters!!!!
This was my 1st trip to the Boundary Waters and one that I had been looking forward to for 5 years. When my son was turning 8 I told him that when he was turning 13 we would do a week long BWCA trip together. Knowing very well that once he hits the “Fume Years” (Gas Fumes and Perfumes) that he may have other priorities.
The BWCA trip was perfect. The staff at Voyageur’s was outstanding (especially Mike), the bunk house the night before departure was comfy, the canoe was outstanding and the food way better than what I would have packed. We covered 18 Lakes, 20 Portages and had a little bit of everything on this Boundary Waters trip: Canoeing in the rain for about an hour, Sunny weather, calm winds, gusty winds, a storm at night, great fishing (my son caught his 1st Smallmouth and 1st Northern) and just about everything else I could have wanted out of the trip.
I have already begun recommending Voyageurs to my friends in the Las Vegas Canoe Club and really looking forward to doing the trip with my 9 year old in a few years.
Thanks again everyone, you have helped create outstanding memories that both my son and I will have for the rest of our lives.
Tom & Alekzander Hall – Las Vegas, NV
It was a four day BWCA voyage that created memories that will last a life time. Friendship Ventures journeyed into the BWCA with 10 boys ages 13-16 years old. Divided into two teams we conquered choppy water, freezing rain, blistering sun, and heavy packs. This trip was a platform for these boys to realize and awaken their true potential. I saw my campers amazed by the wonders of the outdoors, wearing an “AH HA” on their face after every discovery of something new. I watched them stand on the edge of fear as they built the confidence to take a leap, After the water rushes over them revealing the things they afraid of are not so bad. I witnessed the power of empathy and selflessness on portages when someone took on the personal responsible to help out another that was struggling. This Boundary Waters trip was a wonderful experience and Voyageur Canoe Outfitter helped use make it happen. A big thanks to all the staff at Voyageur.
Eden Prairie, MN
We loved our trip. Most of our crew had been customers of Superior North for many years and they were really impressed with Voyageur’s outfit. Our tow boat was on schedule and the drivers didn’t complain or make fun of the amount of gear we brought…. it was a lot! The rental canoes were awesome… I don’t think we’ll ever drag our canoes 1000 miles again… Lastly, the place is nice, the staff is nice, and my crew was MOST impressed with the pancakes!! The woman cooking and serving was so gracious…
We took a late August Boundary Waters trip and Voyageur made it absolutely wonderful. Many of our group had never been on a trip before, and their first ended up being an unforgettable one. As usual, the Voyageur staff was top notch, and made our trip logistics easy and smooth. I’m determined to make sure its not too long until I get up there again.
Scott, Anton, Lindsay, Josh, Megan, Dan, Josh, Madeleine, and Bodie
Pleasant Prairie, WI
My paddling buddy and I had another great stay at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and a great trip to the Quetico Park. My paddIing buddy and I caught fish in the Quetico and appreciate all of the help the people at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters provided us for our canoe trip.
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!