Canoeing with River Point Outfitting Co. – Day Canoe Trips – Overnight Canoe Trips

Spending time canoeing within the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) is an experience of a lifetime and on the “bucket list” of many people. River Point offers both day and overnight canoe trips.

Guided Day Canoe Trip #1  (Fishing, Photography, Birding, & More)

Take a deep breath; this day is a day to be savored. One of our experienced in-house guides will take you into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for a fabulous full day of fishing. If you are not sure of your canoeing skills, join our instructional canoeing group class, or we will arrange a “one on one” canoeing class just for you prior to the trip. Walleye, northern pike, crappies, smallmouth catch and release, or catch them and the guide will “cook em’ up.” Whether you are a beginner fisher-person or a seasoned veteran you will savor this day. If you love canoeing and fishing, this is the trip for you!

And, if the focus of your Day Canoe Trip is not on fishing…no problem. A guided day canoe trip can be tailored for your interests be it photography, swimming, wildlife viewing and birding, or simply for the enjoyment of experiencing the serene peace and quiet of the wilderness, or all of the above. Our knowledgeable canoeing guides can make it happen.

Includes: Expertise of a seasoned, congenial, and talented guide, canoe(s), life jackets, bait, typical BWCA style lunch with the guide filleting and cooking fresh fish over a campfire (if fishing).

Guided Day Hegman Lake Pictographs Canoe Trip #2

The intricate and mystery of Native American rock paintings, known as pictographs, still cast a spell of wonder on today’s traveler in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) Wilderness. Hegman Lake is probably one of the finest examples of original Native American Pictographs to be found. The pictograph site at Hegman shows a clearly drawn moose flanked by a dog or wolf, a maymayguayshi figure (man-like) and several canoes. Unlike most other drawings these were probably done by someone sitting on a rock ledge, perhaps accounting for their sophisticated craftsmanship. Take time to appreciate this display of a culture we know so little about that were painted within the last 500 to 1000 years.

Plan to join your River Point experienced guide that has an exceptional amount of knowledge and interest in birding, botany, wildlife, and the history of the Boundary Waters on a wonderful day trip to Hegman Lake. Your northern Minnesota vacation can be enhanced by a day adventure like this one. Spend time on photography, identifying birds and their calls, finding carnivorous Pitcher plants and other rare plants, swimming and just plain enjoyment of the beauty of this special place.

Includes: Expertise of a seasoned, congenial, and talented guide canoe(s), life jackets, typical BWCA style lunch with maybe even some tasty fresh caught fish.

Rates for Guided Trips #1 & #2

  • 1-2 persons: $555/a day
  • Additional person: $100

Other Guidelines

  • Applicable van transport and gas surcharge fee to/from entry & exit points, MN fishing license, tax, 6% resort fee, and guide gratuity are additional
  • Guide gratuity is discretionary and encouraged
  • BWCAW rules are USFS rules: maximum group size with guide is 9 persons and 4 canoes. No cans or glass bottles allowed
  • Non-River Point Guest Rate:  add 20% to rates indicated
  • Rates subject to change without notice


  • Rod and Reel* (if fishing)
  • Small tackle box* (if fishing)
  • Rain gear (jacket and pants)
  • Layers of clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Broad-brimmed hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Filled water bottle
  • Snacks, if desired
  • Fishing license (if fishing)

*River Point Resort & Outfitting Co. has a Bait and Tackle Shop onsite for purchases of tackle and rods and reels to rent. Guide will assist with suggesting proven BWCA tackle for our much awaited boundary waters guided day canoe fishing trips.


Overnight Boundary Waters Canoe Trips

Check out River Point Outfitting Co. and discover how you can “Paddle the Quiet Side”®.  We offer self-guided and guided canoe trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The total focus of your vacation may be the canoe trip or you may combine it with a resort stay. Lake Superior Travel Guide says…

“…the resort will also custom design a perfect BWCAW trip.”

The choice is yours….


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Self-Guided Boundary Waters Canoe Trips – Several Nights

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area, with island-studded lakes and pine-covered forests, is best suited to canoeing. You may sample this vast area even more extensively by camping for several nights within it, and also enjoy the comfort of lodging at River Point Resort for a few nights. Complete BWCA outfitting includes the canoe and all other lightweight camping equipment, quality food, and routing.

The most popular completely outfitted trip package is the Comfort Plus™Package complete with the lightest kevlar canoes (42 lbs), canoe/camp backrest chairs, and weight distribution packsacks, along with other creature comforts.

Guided Boundary Waters Canoe Trips – Several Nights

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River Point’s in-house guides are congenial, woods-wise, and will take care of all the details to make for a memorable several night, guided excursion into the wilderness.

Kick off your Boundary Waters canoeing adventure with a few nights lodging at River Point Resort–perhaps selecting a villa with double whirlpool, or a chalet accommodation. Think about lodging after the canoe trip, too–time to relax at the resort site, time to drive the short distance to enjoy the quaint downtown of Ely, maybe treating yourself to one of the many dining options.

Note: Early reservations are encouraged for the best BWCA permit availability for the canoe trip portion. US permit fee of $10 for a group of up to 9 persons and the US User Fees of $16 per adult and $8 per youth, age 17 & under, are additional. These fees are payable to the US Forest Service. River Point charges an $8 permit handling fee.

If you don’t want to be out in the BWCA for several nights, but still wish to try canoe/camping, check out our special 1 night, 2 day canoeing package! “Taste of the North Woods” Canoe Trip

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