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Transportation

   Van Shuttle       Water Transportation       Airport Pick-up and Return   


Van Shuttle To/From Wilderness Entry Points

If you prefer not to drive your own vehicle to and from your entry point, we offer van shuttle service for you and your gear. Using this service also gives you the option to begin and end your trip at different locations. Prices shown are per van (maximum 9-passenger capacity), one way, for our outfitting customers.

Entry Point #/Name With All-Inclusive Outfitting With Partial Outfitting
#1 Trout Lake (via Lake Vermilion) $40.00 $60.00
#4 Crab Lake (via Burntside Lake) Free $25.00
#6 Slim Lake Free $40.00
#9 & #14 Little Indian Sioux R. S/N $65.00 $85.00
#16 Moose River North $55.00 $75.00
#19 Stuart River $50.00 $65.00
#20 Angleworm $30.00 $50.00
#22/#23 Mudro Lake Free $60.00
#24 Fall Lake Free $25.00
#25 Moose Lake Free $35.00
#26 Wood Lake Free $40.00
#27 Snowbank Lake Free $40.00
#29 North Kawishiwi River Free $30.00
#30 Lake One Free $40.00
#31 From Farm Lake Free $25.00
#32 South Kawishiwi River Free $30.00
#33 Little Gabbro Lake Free $35.00
#34 Island River $55.00 $75.00
#35 Isabella Lake $50.00 $75.00
#36 Hog Creek $125.00 $150.00
#37 Kawishiwi Lake $125.00 $150.00
#75 Little Isabella River $40.00 $60.00
#77 South Hegman Lake Free $50.00
#84 Snake River $40.00 $60.00
Crane Lake #12 $100.00 $125.00

Rates subject to MN sales tax.

Group with canoe trailer for their BWCA canoe trip

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Water Transportation To/From Wilderness Entry Points

Towboat transport is available to/from the locations listed below. With canoes secured on an overhead rack, people and their gear are transported by towboat to or from drop-off points along motorized routes. The cost for this service is in addition to any applicable land transportation charges, and requires minimum outfitting of canoe rentals from Way to Go Canoe Outfitters.

Transportation by towboat to and from your BWCA canoe tripCost Per Person (Minimum 2 people):

Burntside Lake to Crab Lake Portage: $25.00
Lake Vermilion to Trout Lake Portage: $40.00
Moose Lake to Ensign Lake (via Splash Lake): $26.00
Moose Lake to Birch Lake: $28.00
Moose Lake to Prairie Portage/Quetico Park: $30.00
Moose Lake to Washington Island: $112.00, plus Prairie Portage fees $16/canoe/passage
Moose Lake to Back Bay-Basswood Lake: $135.00, plus Prairie Portage fees $16/canoe/passage
Crane Lake to Lac La Croix—McAree, Maligne, Bottle Lakes: $160.00 (Minimum 4 people, unless grouped with others)

Rates subject to MN sales tax.

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Transportation From/Back to Airports Before /After Your Canoe Trip

We recommend you rent a vehicle and drive to Ely from one of the three airports serving northern Minnesota: Minneapolis (Minneapolis International Airport, 4.5-hour drive); Duluth (Duluth International Airport, 2-hour drive); or Hibbing (Range Regional Airport, 1.5-hour drive).

Car Rental Agencies:

Alamo (877) 222-9075

Avis (800) 331-1212)

Budget (800) 527-0700

Enterprise (800) 736-8222

Hertz (800) 654-3131

National (877) 222-9058


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Sunset in the BWCA viewed from the shore.