Fly-in Canoe Trips
Into Quetico Park and the Boundary Waters – BWCA from Ely, Minnesota
A fly-in canoe trip is an experience like no other. From the moment you climb into a DeHavilland “Beaver”, or Cessna float plane … to the silence when it flies out of sight after leaving you on a remote Canadian lake … the start of your canoe trip will live in your memory for years.
A fly-in trip gives you a grasp of the magnitude of the wilderness as it spreads out before you. A fly-in, by nature, can get you into less-traveled areas. For instance, the Lac La Croix Ranger Station (fly-in) has about one-third the number of paddlers starting there as does the Prairie Portage Ranger Station (paddle-in).
With a fly-in trip, all the amenities of a wilderness adventure are available on a grander scale: top-notch fishing, spectacular senery with cliffs, falls, virgin forests, aboriginal pictographs and access to some of the most remote areas in the canoe country.
You can choose from a short 5-day trip with only two camps, to a full 10 to 12- day trip taking you deep into the heart of Quetico Park. About one third of our parties opt for flying-out; the others return to a remote landing on the U.S. side.
You will first fly to Sand Point Lake in Ontario for a passport check, then on to Lac La Croix and Quetico Park. After having your Park Permit and fishing licenses issued. La Croix, itself, is a big lake bordering the boundary of Quetico Park. All parties are boated the 15 miles from the float plane base to their specific Quetico Entry Point (Maligne River, McAree Lake, or Bottle Rapids). This tow boat transportation is included in our pricing — not, as other outfitters may say to be able to publish a lower flight rate, “strongly encouraged,” turning into a surprise extra charge.
The fishing pressure in these areas is significantly reduced, so larger fish are regularly caught (and released). As a testament to the fishing quality, on a few lakes you might even catch a glimpse of a Canadian/Ojibway Indian fishing guide plying his ancestral trade. The Ontario government still allows their natives to guide from small boats versus paddled canoes. (Should you want to set-up a remote tent base camp outside of Quetico Park, we can supply motorized square stern canoes for your fishing adventure.)